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Making Light: Athene

At this point, I may not pick up many new crafts, but I will certainly continue to improve my skill at the ones I’ve already learned. In this way, as I have done with my academic studies, I seek arête as an act of devotion and with the knowledge that without Her and Her wisdom, none of this would be possible. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject: Teaching Sex Magick (Part Two)

Sable Aradia continues her series on teaching sex magick by examining the nature of consent. When can consent be honestly given, and when does an unequal power dynamic cloud the issue? [Read more…]

What’s New on Patheos Pagan (July 2014)

New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Quaker Pagans, urban Pagan homesteading, Traditional Witchcraft, Zen Paganism, socially responsible magic, queer Pagan issues and radical inclusion, Jewish witchcraft, ecstatic Goddess monism. [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: The Quiet Side of Magic

It seems to me that to be a great magician is to be able to sit quietly when it is time to sit, and to be able to act boldly when it is time to act; to be able to listen and to speak, to see and to do — and to know when the time is right for each. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Redaction for XXXX and XXXXXXX

Dogma is unreliable because mystical gnosis is noisy and susceptible to the bias of the listener. Redaction is therefore necessary in order for religions to live and grow as society evolves. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: The Pagan Sceptic

One of the pieces of advice that came from my father when I was in my teens is that if you’re going to explore Pagan stuff, you need to be twice as sceptical as the muggles. I learned to question everything. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: The Witch in the Prayer Shawl – The Power of Sacred Garments

One of my very first decisions as a teenage Witch was that robes–at least, the quality of robes I could make myself or afford to buy–weren’t for me. Yet it never felt quite right to do ritual in my street clothes. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: The Mayan Connection and Ritual Social Activism

Family Covens are uniquely posed to understand the desperation of parents in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The issue of immigration also offers an opportunity for parents to work with their children in a spiritual practice. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Frith

What is frith? It is more than just “courtesy” or “respect”? Do we extend it to those outside our religious communities? What about our online communities? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: What Could Go Wrong?

Corporations are now allowed to claim religious exemptions from federal law. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? [Read more…]