The Busy Witch: Finding New Depth in the Darkness

This year, I’ll be pushing myself to make deeper connections with the people who’ve come before me, through both writing and ritual, and instead of only spending a day or two remembering, I’m committing to an entire month of reflection and dialogue. It’s a daunting process, but one I’m really looking forward to. [Read more…]

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

I’ve been there: standing at a Samhain altar, about to priestess for my community for the very first time, when we were told that Jodi, a sweet woman who was always smiling, was not late; she was dead by her own hand, and just that morning. Statistically, Pagans are more likely to experience many of the risk factors for suicide than the average population. Learn about the symptoms and causes of depression and what to do if you or a loved one is suffering. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven, the NFL, and Council of Mothers

I encourage Family Covens to seek out and name a Council of Mothers for their children, male and female. Seek out various ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, classes, and opinions. It isn’t the White House, Rutgers University, or the NFL that will have the greatest impact in lowering the rate of sexual violence. It is the council of mothers that forms the landscape of children’s lives. [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: The Goddess Is In The Dirt

For years, I heard the Christian expression to ‘lean on God’ in times of struggle, strife, and turmoil. But for many, and for centuries, that God isn’t or wasn’t an option. What if there was another option? What if we leaned on Earth and instead of the cup of salvation that Christianity offers, we sought to nurture the healing vessel of a Earth Mother? [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part 2 – The Work

My devotionals consist of my declaration to the Goddess, followed by devotionals to the deities I’m working with, then a hello to the fey folk and ancestors and spirits of the land, a lovingkindness chant, and finally a few moments of silent meditation. The latter three always feel pretty straightforward. But the deity devotions tend to give me trouble. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Honoring Our Ancestors, Part Two

Why should I honor the ancestors I knew personally instead of reaching far back into my heathen ancestry? Why not call on a past hero or even a king? My most recently deceased ancestors knew my flaws and gifts, and I knew theirs. We have a special bond. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: 1 Year of Wyrd Words!

Wyrd Words has now been running for a solid YEAR, and nobody has put an end to our antics yet. We’ve covered a pretty wide variety of topics in this column, and it always fascinating to see which articles go viral for inexplicable reasons. In a way, we can learn about ourselves as a community by exploring which topics seem to generate the most interest. Thus, in the spirit of exploration, I present the top 5 articles of the year! [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: BNPs Aren’t Automatically Elders and Leaders

Big Name Pagans aren’t automatically elders and leaders. The Pagan community needs to carefully examine BNP leaders to see if they fulfill ethical and other standards. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Wonder-ful World

For me, magical practice isn’t just about the spells and rituals (although I love those aspects, too). It’s in the sound of wind chimes dancing outside my window; the brush of the wind through my hair, reminding me to be present; the warmth of the sun on my shoulders or the rough earth beneath my feet. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: A Few Books that I Think Every Witch Should Read (Part Two)

Sable Aradia continues her list of books that she believes every Witch should read, with a few honorable mentions. [Read more…]