The Rantin’ Raven: An Old Witch Responds to the Young Ones

Minerva Studio /

Now, this is not going to be one of those “When I was your age I had to walk 10 miles through a blizzard every day to go to school” lectures. But I would like for you to understand why our eyes glaze over and we wander away going “Eep! Gloik!” when you attempt to tell us what you know about Wicca. What you know about Wicca and what we know about Wicca are poles apart. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Spelling as Witchery

By Anne Druthers

“I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before the spelling-book came with its arbitrary forms, men unconsciously revealed shades of their characters and also added enlightening shades of expression to what they wrote by their spelling, and so it is possible that the spelling-book has been a doubtful benevolence to us.” ~Mark Twain [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Prayer


Prayer is one of those contentious topics in the Heathen community that often stirs up more trouble than good. A lot of Heathens don’t believe in praying at all, while others prefer almost liturgical forms of worship. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Seeking the Roots of Compassion in Paganism

Photo by Melissa Hill

The Rev. Melissa Hill shares a journey toward compassion and the goddess Sigyn. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Irish Fairies in America

"William Blake - Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing" by William Blake - ([1]]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Some people do see the Gods as anchored in one terrestrial space. Others think the fairies are similarly limited to Ireland and historically Celtic lands. This has not been my experience. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: Why I am “Happily Heathen”

Viking Age jewelry from Birka, at the Swedish HIstory Museum / Cara Freyasdaughter

Every Heathen’s reasons for staying a Heathen are different: Alyxander Folmer argues that Heathenry is a “religion of questions” and supports a skeptical, questioning attitude; Molly Khan talks about how the Heathen worldview supports her connection to the land, the ancestors, and the Gods. As for me, I have a ton of reasons which I will gladly tell you about–that is why I call my column “Happily Heathen”, after all. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: Walls and Doors

A Japanese templ

Walls are being built high and strong in the Pagan community as our component parts struggle to establish their distinct identities. Will our Pagan village have room for everyone who wants to live in it? [Read more...]