Druid Thoughts: Beauty in Tears

Beauty in Tears

I’m interested in the capacity of pain to open us up, breaking the protective prisons we build, cracking us open as we feel things we really didn’t want to. Pain can be a great teacher, and sometimes the right pain at the right moment can be a great healer. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: The “Agnostic Chair”

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If there is one thing that every parent in the history of EVER can probably agree upon, it’s that children have a way of turning your plans right on their head. So while I was confident that I knew how I would want to raise my children in theory, the application of that theory is whole different ballgame. So, of course, as soon as I had written this piece the universe decided it was time for me to get some practice. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Avoiding Authority

Nimue Brown

I write books about Druidry; I’ve led Druid groups, I’ve acted as a celebrant, and people e-mail me for advice. How can I not be an authority? I try very hard not to be, as it happens. Here are some things I’ve come up with that have helped me avoid turning into something that I loathe on principle. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: ISIS MAGIC by M. Isidora Forrest (Review)

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Weaving the historical context with spells, rituals, and her own deep experiences, Forrest’s updated volume is a wonderful addition to any magical library. New seekers of Isis, long-time worshipers, and those with an interest in the diverse pantheons of the ancient world will each find something of value in ISIS MAGIC. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Six Senses for Learning

Allegory of the Five Senses - Gérard de Lairesse, 1668

Give your students the best possible chance by engaging all six senses in teaching the Craft! Sable Aradia shows you how. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 3) – Religious Expression in the U.S.A.

New England Scenery, 1851

American Paganism, I assert, expresses the generic religious trend of opposition and difference in a particularly bold way. The average American Pagan is free both of overarching authority and of rigorous dogma. The prevalence of eclecticism in American Paganism further demonstrates the freedom of religious expressions available. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 7

Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936), Spring Scattering Stars

The ancient Gaels swore oaths on the sun, moon and stars. Modern devotees of Brighid sometimes think of Her as not only a sun goddess but a goddess of all the suns (the stars) and of the moon (since its light is reflected sunlight). You could say that Brighid is able to convey the powers of the sun, moon and stars because they are Her own powers. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Pagans and Pornography

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Erotic content can be beautiful and inspiring. It can prompt us to connect more deeply with our lovers and give us knowledge and confidence for exploration. Anything that celebrates and honours sex can be wholly in keeping with Pagan ethics, values, and lifestyles. If, on the other hand, what you do alienates you and takes you out of the world, serving to devalue and render sordid, then it isn’t good Pagan practice. [Read more...]

Making Light: Interview with Author Alex Bledsoe

Blood-Groove

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

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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

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

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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...]


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