Dandelion Seeds: Religion is For When the System Goes Down


Though our religious traditions can struggle, there is something incredibly powerful and life saving at the core of what we do. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Summer’s End

apples on the tree

The warmth and growth of summer is past and the harvest is in, now is the time of cold and decay as the old is recycled back into what will form the new again. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: The Wounded King

a throne on a field of gold

There is a particular magic to mythology. I admit, I have a complicated relationship with the word magic. I’m a fairly pragmatic person, and I tend to lean toward a definition of magic as “science we can’t yet explain.” So whenever I work with myths and stories, or magical concepts, I tend to break them down and look at their function, or look at the sociology and history that created them. [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Hedge: The Thinning of the Veil

A perfect moment — © Polly Peterson (2008) / Flickr.com

Halloween is almost upon us. It’s a time of year for costumes, parties, and maybe a few ghost stories. Samhain is on its way, too. This is the time of year when we see a thinning of the veil between the worlds. If we’re given to such things, it becomes easier to reach across the veil. But as much as the veil thins outside of us, it thins inside of us, too. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Wicca Was the Tantra of the West

Photograph of the Author, Dana Corby, likely by Jo Carson (used with permission)

I’m old enough to remember what the Craft was like ‘in the day.’ It was highly sexual. Many rituals included Great Rite in true, and it was practically de rigueur to fuck your Witch friends. And while most of the coven leaders I met were married, few (the times being what they were) were exclusively monogamous. Few people now recall that one of the original descriptions of the Craft was ‘the Tantra of the West’ but that’s exactly what it was. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Feminism in Heathenry


  Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora!   I recently saw a fellow author here at Patheos Pagan get put through the wringer on the channel’s Facebook Page. I watched people completely dismiss Crystal Blanton‘s work without even reading it, because she dared to declare herself a Feminist. [Read More...]

The Cartomancer: Feel Good or Feel?

Jean Noblet Marseille Tarot, 1650, by Jean-Claude Flornoy (Photo: Camelia Elias)

What is cool is letting chance rule the experience of what we come to understand about our magic. Such an understanding can be a very hot thing. [Read more...]