Druid Thoughts: Pagan Fiction

John William Waterhouse, Tristan and Isolde with the Potion

In fiction, there’s only so far you can push the Pagan magic before you move away from the normal experiences of normal Pagans. For most people, magic is a subtle experience. It’s doesn’t come with sound effects and flashing lights, but as a sense of wonder, awareness and possibility, a shift of consciousness that isn’t readily explained. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Learning to Fly

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Hovering there over the studio floor, bathed in the golden light from the skylight above, I think I truly understood the depth of the word, “Namaste”; we are all divine beings, and we all have the power to take flight. All it takes is a moment of risk, and a joyful practice.

How will you take flight? [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 5 – The Manor of Tara

Illustration by Edmund Dulac. Image by Georges Nijs via Flickr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Turn toward the east again to gaze up at the Sky, the upper realm of Celtic myth. Feel the power of the Brig coursing through you from up above, flowing through your body and into the Land. The spot where you are standing is the sacred center, the place of the Sovereignty. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Insanity and Spirituality

Jeanne d'Arc (Eugene Thirion, 1876)

Insanity has never been purely a measurement of mental health. It is a measurement of deviance from consensus. That consensus is quite capable of being wrong. Survival often means knowing how to appease the majority and being able to explore your own understanding without losing sight of what everyone else ‘knows’. [Read more...]

Making Light: Help me, Joe Campbell, you’re my only hope

Joseph Campbell, late 1970.  Image by Joan Halifax via Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY 2.0)

Seeing myths as metaphors doesn’t mean I believe the gods are just characters in a story. They are my gods. I speak to them, I feel their presence, I know from experience that they are Real. They are not real to me like Samwise Gamgee is real. They are real to me like my cat is real, but they often speak to us in metaphor and story. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: A Balm for a Pagan Plague – High Priestess’ Disease (Part 1)

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In a two-part series in “Seekers and Guides” at Agora, Sable Aradia discusses a Pagan plague: High Priestess’ Disease. This week: symptoms and causes. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Summer Samhain Feels Both Wrong and Right

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Memorial Day is a kind of summer Samhain, and it can feel so odd in the Pagan context. And yet, in another way, it perfectly fits with my new traditions, all of which emphasize the importance of maintaining connection with ancestors. [Read more...]


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