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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

The Zen Pagan: Festival Paganism as Pilgrimage

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It’s interesting to think that pilgrimage, travel for religious reasons, seems to predate civilization. The circuit of summer Pagan festivals may provide something along this line; pilgrims come from hundreds, even thousands, of miles to places like to Ramblewood and Wisteria to form periodic communities, temporary autonomous zones that appear, disperse, and reappear. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: It’s Not Rocket Science!

Sarah Thompson

I can’t speak for all Pagans, all queers, or for that matter, all queer Pagans. I have no claim to any special position of power from which I can make pronouncements. But I have a habit of speaking truth to power. Change only comes when people refuse to politely wait their turn. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Witchcraft Today – 60 Years On

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Sixty years ago, Gerald Gardner unleashed Witchcraft Today, bringing the idea of witchcraft into public awareness and replacing fairy tale clichés with a vibrant, modern, and living tradition. Gardner’s status as a semi-mythic figure to those of us who are younger–a ground breaker, a person whose story outlives his mortal life, and who seems destined to be a legend–is worthy of note. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: One Last Dance

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Friends, this will be my last “Dance of Pagan Recovery” column. Next week, I will begin a new blog for Patheos Pagan entitled The Urban Pagan Homestead: Earthy Adventures of a Dirt-Heart Witch. But before I go, I offer you this ongoing ritual for Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom. [Read more...]


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