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Making Light: Interview with Author Alex Bledsoe

I recently had the opportunity to interview fantasy author Alex Bledsoe about some of the religious themes in the Tufa series and the Firefly Witch Series. We also touch on the Eddie LaCrosse books, the first high fantasy noir books I’ve ever read. [Read more…]

Passing Paganism and Polytheism on to Our Children

In a special site-wide series, Patheos invited invited scholars, practitioners, teachers, and parents from diverse traditions and perspectives to share their wisdom, insights, and best practices on the topic of “Passing on the Faith: Teaching the Next Generation.” Enjoy these responses from our Pagan contributors! [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Peace One Day

We treat war as inevitable and necessary. It isn’t. If you do anything for Peace One Day, use it as an opportunity to think about what war means, where the conflicts lie in your own life, and how to be part of the solution. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Making Fall Magical

Now that Labor Day has passed here in the United States, it finally feels like fall. Schools are back in session, sweaters and boots have appeared in the stores, and the sun is rising just a bit later each morning. The season of apple pickings and bonfires is upon us, and it has always been my favorite time of year.

There’s already a lot of magic in this season (Halloween, anyone?), but here are some simple ways you can infuse a bit more sparkle into your fall. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Role of Music in Teaching the Craft

Sable Aradia explains why, and how, music is an effective tool in Pagan ritual. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 2) – Nostalgia and Literature

Nostalgia is a powerful force in the Modern Pagan movement, in no small part because of the impact of literature on its formation. Often, when lacking real memory of the past, we have turned to literature to help us reconstruct and recreate a history that we have never really known. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 6

As part of his exploration of Brigidine Paganism, Christopher Scott Thompson looks at how “Invocation of the Graces” draws images from the natural world to convey another set of eight blessings granted by Brighid. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Hunting the Egret

In regular fairy tales, beautiful princesses live happily ever after with the elegant prince of their choice. In my fairy stories, poverty-stricken freaks with outlandish backgrounds and serious hang-ups manage to connect with each other, heal their wounds, and overcome their demons a bit. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were archaic Egypt and Mesopotamia naturalistic?

Could there have been strands of naturalism running through archaic civilizations such as Egypt and Mesopotamia? As in the cases of hunter-gatherers and early agricultural peoples, tempting evidence suggests it is possible, though unlikely. At the same time, there is good reason to believe these civilizations paved the way for the development of naturalism in later eras. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Timing, Intention, and Luck

Magic is about more than just herbs and words. It’s about timing, intention, and luck. Our move to North Carolina and the life that followed are magical, and I recognize that much of that magic comes from the alignment of timing and luck, two things that mere mortals can’t always control. [Read more…]