The Busy Witch: Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

We’re in the midst of another Mercury Retrograde, and while I don’t pretend to be an astrological guru, I have learned a lot through trial and error about making the most of this wonky energy. Attitude is everything: if you expect Mercury Retrograde to knock you flat, it probably will, but if you expect this to be a time of contemplation and creative opportunities, you’ll ride the astrological tide with joy. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: How to Design an Effective Wicca 101 Course

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For those who have considered teaching a course in Wiccan basics but aren’t sure where to begin, Sable Aradia guides you through the process and suggests methods of troubleshooting. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: A Brief Examination of Cultural Appropriation

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We, as Pagans, need to be aware of the cultural baggage that we carry with us from our presence in the larger American cultural community. Simply because we are Pagan does not mean that we have entirely removed ourselves from the effects of the larger culture. We need to be aware of the sources of our practices as well as their original contexts and meanings. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 2

Frederick Sandys (1829-1904), Gentle Spring, 1865. Image by Snapshooter46 via Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The “Invocation” is not only a piece of folk magic but a commentary on virtue ethics. Many systems of virtue ethics seem to come from a very masculine perspective. For instance, the “nine noble virtues” of Asatru are courage, truth, honor, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industriousness, self-reliance and perseverance. These are not portrayed as being “just for men,” but their relationship to the masculine warrior ethos of the Icelandic sagas is clear. As a discussion of “virtue ethics” based on a distinctly feminine perspective, the “Invocation of the Graces” provides an interesting contrast to the nine noble virtues. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Books for Druids

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If you want to be a Druid, study everything, and try to find study materials written by people who knew what they were talking about. Let’s get away from fantasies of Atlantis and other such works of speculative fiction and educate ourselves about the world we live in. [Read more...]

What’s New at Patheos Pagan (July 2013)

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New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Syncretic Pagan theology, Pagans and interfaith, Jungian Paganism, reconstructionist mysticism, domestic spirituality, and more. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: What Do Gods Look Like?

The Assembly of the Gods, Jacopo Zucchi (1541–1590)

Most of our representations of deity seem to look suspiciously like us. The Bible has that line about us being made in God’s image, but I think really it’s the other way round – we make Gods in our image. [Read more...]


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