The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion, in Context

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Something like Songs for the Old Religion could not happen in today’s Pagan world, because Paganism has changed and we have changed. In 1975 music was something everyone did, everyone shared, everyone wove into the fabric of their lives. Today, music – even Pagan music – is performed by professionals and bought by the rest of us. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: BS & Compost

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Compost happens! Anne shares with us some thoughts about how to minimize its effects and offers a small ceremony to help with the same. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Finding an Ancient Earth Mother

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One thing that you learn by studying history is that the gods change. They change because the climate changes, or the people worshiping change, or the people think new thoughts and their gods reflect that. By learning about the Hittite Earth Mother we get a glimpse into something that is very old and didn’t have time to change. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Midsummer – Honoring Áine and the Other Crowd

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Midsummer is fast approaching and Morgan takes a moment to share with us her family’s traditions and practices. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: The Heaviness – Rites of Passage

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What does it mean to be initiated? To go through a rite of passage? What does it mean to stand up, to be seen, to be a leader? What does it mean to have the Mysteries revealed to us? [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting and Caitlyn Jenner – Sexual Identity and Tolerance

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Sexual identity has been thrust into the news these past weeks as Bruce Jenner officially came out as Caitlyn Jenner. Following in line with other articles I have done in the past, I thought it was time to discuss this coming out and parenting techniques that can help children gain a greater understanding of sexual identity. [Read more...]

The Path of She: A Summer Solstice Meditation – Thou Art Goddess

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The wheel of the year turns and the longest day, the Summer Solstice, is upon us. The powers of life are turned on high, gifting us with a heady display of a natural world in its fully unfurled beauty and overflowing abundance. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Only God to Whom Jupiter Must Bow

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Boundaries in their role as both endings and beginnings are also on my mind because this will be my last column for Agora. The good news is that this is because The Zen Pagan will soon be its own full-fledged blog here at Patheos Pagan! But this change too is the crossing of a line, a passing of a boundary. The Romans had a god for that: Terminus, the god of boundaries. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Whose Sun is it Anyway?

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My eyes dart over the message board, and I’m met with a question: we are aware of many cultures and many gods, so how do we reconcile that with only having one sun? [Read more...]

Social Responsible Magic: My Pagan Values … or just my values?

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A commentary on values and whether they really apply to categories of identification such as paganism. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: The Magic of Receiving

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If I can’t accept the little blessings along the way, why would the giver expect my response to be anything different if the gift increased in size and value? [Read more...]

Born-Again Witch: Why I Took Witches to a Pentecostal Church (Part 1)

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A few weeks ago I talked a couple of Witches into going to church with me. It wasn’t technically a Pentecostal church, but a charismatic evangelical church. [Read more...]


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