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Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 2 – The Fiery Water

The practice of making pilgrimages to holy wells is so ancient it is probably pre-Celtic in origin, but many of the traditional holy wells in the British Isles are now dedicated to St. Brighid. Central to the concept of the healing well is the image of sunlight reflected in water- the power of heaven and the power of the underworld combined in one, Sea and Sky united in the Land. [Read more…]

Why We Are Pagans

Patheos hosted a Blogger Challenge for our contributors to explain their religious choices in 200 words or less! Enjoy the responses from these Pagan Channel authors. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Seeking God, Found by Goddess (Why I Am Pagan)

When I was a child, I wondered why God had stopped talking to people in the cool of the evening, as we walked together through lovely gardens. Years later, in a guided meditation, I found myself in a beautiful garden. A glowing female form approached and embraced me. Who was She? [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Beyond Novicehood

When you start out as a Pagan, it’s not difficult to find reading material. Then comes a point when the books start to feel a bit samey: Yet another rough guide to the Wheel of the Year. Yet another quick list of standard deities. Where are all the mind-expanding secrets? Where’s the long-awaited ancient wisdom? [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Why I Am A Witch

Patheos is hosting a challenge right now: answer the question “Why I am a…” in 200 words or less. I’ve decided to answer with a poem. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: A Coven Leader’s Primer

In “Seekers and Guides,” Sable Aradia speaks from her experience as a coven leader about what a new coven leader should know. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: Evolution and the Way to Live

Most ancient peoples had some notion of how life came to be, quite sophisticated in some cases, and such ideas shaped conceptions of how to live. What is peculiar, historically speaking, is that modern Western people generally don’t draw such conclusions based on evolution. Values cannot be derived from facts, so they say. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 1 – The Circle of Fire

The title of this column, the “Loop of Brighid,” refers to a traditional charm called the Caim or Loop, which can also be translated as “encompassing.” The words of this charm invoked St. Brighid for protection, envisioning her power as a fiery circle surrounding and protecting all those who invoked her. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Interfaith Family Ties Blossom from Ostara to Easter

Why do I have an Easter dress? Why, after years of brunch-only celebrations with my own family, am I actually going to attend services? The answer: Love. [Read more…]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more…]


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