Socially Responsible Magic: Why We Need to Have the Hard Conversations

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Over the last year or so, the Pagan community has engaged in hard conversations dealing with issues including consent culture, sex positivity, and racism. These are important conversations, but they are also hard; in part because of what they make each person realize about themselves and in part because we look at our community–and where we fit into it differently–as a result of them. But, while these conversations are hard, they are also necessary. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Snow and Stillness

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When the earth warms up again, I have no doubt that I’ll once more resume my frantic pace, but for right now, I have discovered the powerful magic of stillness, and I will sit in this space as long as I am able. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: What Does It Mean For the Gods to Exist?

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To answer the question “Do the deities exist?”, we need to answer two questions, just two trivial little matters: 1) What is a god? 2) What does it mean to exist? [Read more...]

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Alone In Her Presence: An Open Heart and a Naked Soul

Cover of the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Spiral Dance by Starhawk

I have come to know the Goddess as the vessel of our most intimate self. Whether in worship, public ritual, or alone in her presence what the Goddess has provided me is a vessel. Sometimes this is a liminal vessel whereby we are standing on the edge of magic, and other times it is simply holy emptiness. Shallow or deep this vessel is the fertile mantle I build my Spiritual practice upon. It is where I touch suffering, and release it. It is where I set my intentions for the world, and invite transmutation of personal karma [Read more...]

The Witches Next Door: When Worlds Collide – Coming Back From Pantheacon

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Have you ever come back from a vacation or a spiritual retreat and had the world just sort of slap you in the face? Reality can be harsh. We refer to this process as “re-entry”. It’s that adjustment period when we need to remember that there won’t be someone else preparing our meals or making our beds or reminding us where to be for our next amazing discussion. We’re returning from a terrific Pagan conference full of ideas and inspiration and we’re acutely aware that we have day jobs and obligations that are significantly less exciting but oh so very necessary. So on the ride home from PantheaCon we asked each other why we attend these events and what do we ultimately get out of going to them? [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Why Begin the Quest?

Four Treasures: The Chalice, by Shauna Aura Knight

An introduction to Seeking the Grail, a column about spiritual seeking, personal transformation, leadership, and mysticism. What is the Quest for the Grail? How does the journey shape your heart? What calls your soul on this path? [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Strength

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Today we will be continuing with part 3 of our newest series: “Pagan Life Lessons”. The Lore teaches us that the value of “strength” is not simply a matter of shrugging off our problems. I believe that same virtue can help us become better people by teaching us what to DO with our most difficult experiences. [Read more...]

Magician, know thyself! What is your intrinsic drive?

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An exploration of intrinsic motivation and its importance work and service to others. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: A Healing Ritual for Chapel Hill and Beyond

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Ground and center and find your stillness before you begin, and remember; small acts of love can have large effects. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: WooWoo Scale 2.0, Part 2 – Parenting to the WooWoo

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Does your child have an imaginary friend or see things that others can’t see? How do you determine how to react to your child’s WooWoo? [Read more...]

Making Light: Aphrodite

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It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: My Best Superbowl Sunday Ever

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A psychedelic can only act as a catalyst, speeding up a reaction that would have happened anyway given enough time and energy. If you are utterly lost and directionless and take a psychedelic, you will be utterly lost and directionless in a faster and more energetic manner. You have to build the circuit, carve the channel, before you add the energy. [Read more...]


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