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Ancestor Remembrance Project: Blood and Spirit

Family and ancestry are not limited by blood; the choices we make link us to traditions and generations, in spirit and in action. Although my direct knowledge of my bloodline is confined to those family members I’ve known in my lifetime, I’ve embraced the idea that my connections run as deep as time. This week, as we approach Halloween, I’m taking time to honor both my direct and spiritual ancestors; blood calls to blood, but heart and spirit form lasting bonds, too. I honor those who came before: I name them family. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 4)

Sable Aradia concludes her series on depression and suicide in Paganism with some advice on suicide prevention. She also concludes her column “Seekers and Guides,” and invites you to join her at her new Patheos blog “Between the Shadows.” [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming

Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized? [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: Halloween – Inviting the Secular

Personally, I like my Halloween with green faced ‘witches’ and candy corn, trick or treating, and carved pumpkins. Oh, how I love candy corn and a jack-o-lantern! Sure, some of those items have folkloric history in pagan-based cultures, but I want to bob apples and throw lavish parties while eating candy corn till my stomach hurts. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: Ancestors and Genocide

There are only so many prayers you can say for the dead before, like the dybbuk of Jewish legend, they begin to graft themselves onto you. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 3)

Sable Aradia continues with her series on depression and suicide. This article explores complimentary or alternative therapy options, both mainstream and experimental. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Becoming Heathen

For me, part of “becoming heathen” meant to be dedicated to learning, to be willing to earn my worth, and to only offer personal information to those who have a vested interest within my inneryard. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: 5 Tips for Becoming a Proactive Leader

A proactive leader is someone who seeks to anticipate situations and develops appropriate responses before they ever occur. A proactive leader asks how best to serve the community and develops, with the consensus of the community, planned strategies. [Read more…]

Ancestor Remembrance Project: I Remember Nana

I wish I remembered more about my great-grandmother’s racing days. I know she and Granddad raced sporty little Corvettes, maybe sometime right after the Second World War, and I know she drove alone and won trophies, but the stories of the races were not something I remember her sharing. [Read more…]

When Grief Becomes Ritual, When Remembering Renews

Last year, I lost a beloved companion. Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance ritual, now in its 35th year, was the sacred space in which I mourned. Each year, hundreds of people gather in this place to celebrate and dance with the dead, those whose names we know, and those whose names we do not know — because what is remembered, lives. [Read more…]