Book of Blackbirds: Honouring Sacred Spaces, Part One: Other Space

The judgement of who does or does not have the right to visit the sacred places of other cultures for purposes of seeking spiritual enlightenment, or any purpose at all for that matter, seems to be something of a hot button topic in current neopagan discourse. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: The Real Story Behind ‘Camp Courage’ And The AFA

Many Heathens awoke on the morning of September 2nd to the news that the Asatru Folk Assembly’s “Midwest Fallfest” had been kicked out of the camp that they had booked for the event just days before the event was due to take place. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: K. Frank Jensen

Exactly a week ago the world of Tarot lost a grand magus and man of cards, legendary collector and historian, K. Frank Jensen. His legendary status can be traced in all the most important reference books, from Michael Dummett to Stuart Kaplan. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Praise Ialdabaoth!; or, Notes Toward a Treatise on Averse Gnosticism

In his essay “Base Materialism and Gnosticism,” French philosopher Georges Bataille extols the potential value of a kind of Averse Gnosticism — a Gnosticism in which the demiurge of the material world, considered by the ancient Gnostics to be the “chief guard” of the prison of matter, and therefore a malevolent being, is in fact the object of worship and devotion. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Excerpt from the Witch’s Sabbath

There is a place and time that witches fly their souls to where they do all the things they love best. It is a sort of heaven if you will. In this place the witches from past present and future dance, chant, feast, make love and merry with their brethren human, fairy, animal, and plant. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Gifts from the Heart – An Autumn-Spiced Guided Meditation

As autumn approaches I am increasingly aware of relationships that are functioning well, those that need new tools, those that need a complete overhaul, and those that may not survive the winter. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Fall Equinox Mystery – Persephone and the Ways of the Sacred Feminine

At the Fall Equinox, Persephone awaits you at the opening to the Underworld, offering up Her mysteries of the sacred darkness that beckon you to a new cycle of healing and growth. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Dealing with Discrimination – What’s An Inclusive Heathen Supposed To Do?

I’ve been Heathen since 1999. In that time, I’ve been to a lot of Heathen events. I’ve followed and participated in a lot of email threads and blogs. I’ve watched as the endless “Who can be Heathen?” discussion went around. I’m tired of it. You may be, too. Or you may not have strong opinions either way, because hey, it doesn’t affect you directly. Or does it? [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: Meet the Dark Shadows of the Autumn Equinox

The sun sets earlier now. We start to hear the rustle of tree tops, reminding us they’re here. Yes, the Dark Ones are a presence not felt since last Winter. They are back. That blessed cool darkness. The woods a deeper dark. The Watchers of the cold months are beckoning. Take notice. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Who’s Responsible for Speaking Out Against the AFA

Paganism is a Eurocentric thing. Non-european indigenous religions seem to prefer not to be called Pagan, a pejorative word that has been used against them for centuries. If you were to draw a diagram of pagan traditions, organizations, people and movements on which you placed these, prioritizing them by research and scholarship so that groups who value these things fall toward the center; you’d see that those who are getting closest to the moments before Christianity rolled in are the reconstructionists. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Álfatrú – Believing in the Hidden Folk

Labels are always a fun game to play in Paganism, Polytheism, Heathenry, what-have-you. Within the context of Heathenry I have toyed for a couple years now with the label of Álfatrú for myself as a more precise descriptor of my belief system [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: A Song of Death

It shouldn’t surprise me; nobody gets out of here alive, as they say. But death isn’t something I expect, not when meeting and working with people my own age. [Read more…]