Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject – Teaching Sex Magick (Part One)

public-domain-witch-on-broomstick

Sex magick and sacred sexuality are a traditional part of the Craft, but there are many social and ethical issues around their teaching and practice. In this series, Sable Aradia suggests ideas and solutions for including sacred sexuality in Craft practice. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Ecstatic Monism – All Goddess…

Goddess Pattern

I am an ecstatic monist, and I know there are many like me who are something like “spiritual but not religious” and not quite Wiccan, who are not Neo Goddess Feminist but are living in the lap of the Great Mother. Like me, these men and women are “all Goddess all the time” and are Alone In Her Presence. For us, the ecstatic monist Goddess is the immanent vessel that dwells within each of us and that is us, She that is the totality of everything and nothing. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

Symbolic Great Rite - by Shylah Erskin, License CC 2.0

In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Druid or Pagan?

jhp5322da8f27f31

I’m all too aware that if I put material out under the ‘Druid’ label, I’m not going to reach as many people as if I use the term ‘Pagan’. It’s not just a cynical marketing issue, but a question of how useful it is to break things down to their smallest categories. [Read more...]

How a Jewish Witch is Formed

Asa West

I finally let myself return to Witchcraft after I gave birth to my daughter. But there were aspects of Jewish practice that I didn’t want to leave behind. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Consistency and Family Coven

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Consistency in Paganism isn’t created by passing the plate and creating an infrastructure of people paid to get things done. It is reliant upon the consistency of those who want to worship. For consistency, we must press through our own mental road blocks and help others find a way to do the same. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Tips For New Heathens

Thor's hammer, Skåne. Image by George Stevens via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

For someone who is new to the practices and traditions of heathenry, it can be daunting to figure out to where to start, whom to consult, and which sources will be the most helpful. Below is an abbreviated list of my personal suggestions for new heathens. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pride

prideflag_zps56bc7d6f

I celebrate my ancestors for their legacy, not for the fact that they were white. There is no need for white/male/straight pride celebrations: these groups already have recognition and don’t have to struggle every day just to be recognized as human beings. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why is Social Responsibility Important?

corporate_social_responsibility

I find social responsibility important because I am part of this world. I am not on this world just to pursue my spirituality, and so divorcing my spiritual and magical pursuits from the material realities of this world is unrealistic and myopic. [Read more...]

Sewing for Athena

Athena-shrine-sq

I decided to learn how to sew and make costumes because sewing and handicrafts are in Athena’s domain. When I gave that pillow to Athena, I was not simply giving a gift. It was a thank you for all the ways that I became a better person simply by exploring the skills she governs. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Teaching Wiccan Values

Snow_White_witch_with_apple

What are the values that Wiccans believe in? Where do they come from, and how do we impart these values to our students? Sable Aradia offers some ideas and suggestions. [Read more...]

Making Light: Apollo

I’m walking, dancing, hopping, wiggling, climbing stairs, pulling a toddler in her wagon, and mowing the yard for Apollo. As my step count goes up, I’m honoring Him, praising Him, and thanking Him for my good health. Every day that I feel well and full of good energy, I know that He has helped me achieve that. [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X