Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Relationships – Building a Lasting Community

In a recent article, I mentioned the relatively short lifespan of many of our kindreds, covens, and groves. I believe that the reason for this can be broken down into three major problems: size, distribution, and (most importantly) the types of relationships we build within our local communities. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Wedding Magic

The ceremony itself, whether in a church, a park, or a family home, is an act of creating sacred space; the bubble that surrounds a wedding is much like the one that exists in a ritual circle, and as in formal magic, the intentions and energy of all people present combine to create the experience of the wedding. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Doers and the Don’ters

The most important element in Pagan leadership is willingness to stand up in the field. But some people seem determined to be lawnmowers. Sable Aradia discusses how to recognize them and what to do about them. [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: An Introduction, and a Buddhist Earth Deity

Welcome to The Zen Pagan. “The what Pagan?” some Pagan readers may be wondering; and perhaps “The Zen what?” may be heard from Patheos Buddhist, if this should leak over there. But if prior discussions are any guide some readers are saying “Oh! Yes, that’s it!” [Read more…]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: New Tools, New Ways

Sitting in mindfulness, walking in mindfulness, eating in mindfulness, it all helped me to remember how I could relax my body and calm my mind, sans substances. I was able to meet my anxiety and other emotions, give a polite nod, and know that within and beyond it all, I really, actually am whole and safe and beloved. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Power Is Not Enough

If God was everywhere in everything and in everyone, then this High Priestess was threatening me with my own power, resolve and connection to the Divine. I was very clear that I had my own power, resolve and connection with the Divine, therefore, there could never be a threat presented to me that I couldn’t overcome. [Read more…]

Making Light: Artemis

This is one of the most important stories in the Mythos. For the most part, this is Leto’s story, but I also think of it as Artemis’ story because it’s how She came to be. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Gods of the Common Places

Let us seek the old gods so that they will not become lost in time and erased by the gods of invention, materialism, politics, and corporate structure. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Faces of Odin – Soldier, Scholar, Skald, and Skeptic

Óðinn, as he is depicted by the Lore, is very complex and multidimensional. To simply label him as a "God of War" is not only an inadequate descriptor, it’s a disservice to the depth of his personality. The Allfather wears many faces, and all of them are important to the Sagas he weaves. [Read more…]


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