The Rantin’ Raven: The Perfect Couple – Ideal or Illusion?

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The Goddess, alone in the universe She had created, felt a need to be companion-ed, mirrored, partnered. So She divided Herself to create that partner, and the God was born…. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Myrtle of Venus & Bacchus’ Vine

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In which Anne shares a bit of American history with us related to the original lyrics to the tune we’ve all come to know as the Star Spangled Banner. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Grief and Renewal

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Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! AAAAAAND WE’RE BACK! Good gods what a month! It has just been a non stop rush from one chaotic bit of madness to the next! Seriously! We had a bunch of THIS   Followed by one of THESE! And then [Read More...]

Dandelion Seeds: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, But Not Out of the Woods

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The Rev. Hill talks frankly about her misadventures in marrying gay people and lessons learned when being proud and loud. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Liminal Gods

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Although Morgan does honor the Irish Gods, respecting and honoring the aos sí is the core of her spirituality. Worshiping the liminal Gods is a vital thing, and forms an essential part of her practice of witchcraft as a religion and a craft. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Desire, Yearning, and Being Afraid to Reach

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Years ago when I had to cancel a conference I’d organized, my heart absolutely broke. As numerous Pagans deal with the emotional aftereffects of the cancellation and evacuation of Pagan Spirit Gathering, I wanted to explore the sometimes painful tension of desire, of yearning, of reaching. Particularly when that thing you’ve been toiled over and worked for and fought for, doesn’t come to pass…and it hurts. [Read more...]

The Path of She: 5 Things You Can Learn from a Pagan

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Paganism is not just about beliefs, it’s about stepping outside of the strictures of everyday reality and stepping into full-bodied experiences of the wild, magical world of what else is true and possible. After twenty-plus years of pagan explorations, these are the precious things that I’ve learned. [Read more...]

Atheism, Polytheism, and Pagans: A Discussion

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Polytheism. Atheism. Paganism. The writers at Patheos Pagan get together to discuss the role of deity in Modern Paganism and where we are headed in the future as a community. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Relationships are Relationships, or I Need a Break

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All of the polytheists that I know, though by no means does this mean all polytheists ever, affirm that the gods have individual agency. In this article, Conor shares some of the implications of this. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: How to lead and let go in your community

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One of the challenges of being a leader is knowing when to let go, and also knowing when to step back and let other people take the reins. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

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I’ve always been a fan for the works of Joseph Campbell, and it should come as no surprise that I was eager for the opportunity to ready Jody Gentian Bower’s book Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story. [Read more...]

Born-Again Witch: The Pope, Pagans, and Evangelical Environmentalists

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Annika was going to publish the second part of her coven’s experience at Bethel church today, but she spent the weekend reading and thinking about Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical. His theology and arguments put her back into a Christian mindset and flooded her mind with memories. She decided to postpone the second Bethel piece in favor of some reflections on religion and environmentalism. [Read more...]

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