Hills of the Horizon: The Problem of Community

One of the tricky bits for a lot of people about the reconstructionist paganisms is that they were, in their original formats, the religions of an entire community. And, unfortunately, the odds are that if you’re specifically looking for a religious community comparable to what ancient people had, the answer is, “You don’t.” [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Eating Ash and Spitting Fire

Whether you count its origins in the pastoral altars of Romantic poets, the channeled voice of the Night Sky herself speaking to a mad sorcerer in Egypt, or the stolen revelations of a secret witch-cult in England–or maybe you don’t believe any of those stories–modern Paganism began in protest. It began with the voices of the heretics. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: How Do We Become Indigenous?

We are called to belong. Humans evolved from communally living apes, our closest relatives in the Earth Mother’s family are the chimpanzees and the bonobos of the African continent. We live, love, eat, and sleep in groups. We tend to congregate in villages and cities. But no matter how we live, or where we go, we have one thing in common. The Earth. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Beltane Lovers – Once you Go Witch You’ll Never Switch

This is MODERN witchcraft, where we strip off the mask of the obvious, and glory in the rich, chocolatey layers of occult mystery that peel away all labels and norms to bite down to the sweet, cream-filled, cherry center of this Beltane bonbon. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

What can we do to stop Elder Flight? What can we do to keep our Traditions from being lost? Or is it too late? [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Weight of Glory

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.” – CS Lewis [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Seeking Community and Connection at Pagan Conferences

It’s worth looking at what draws people to Pagan conferences and events and what function they serve. Because, there are a lot of different Pagan events out there, and I’d go so far as to say that many of the conflicts in the Pagan community end up being connected to infighting around organizing those events. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: When my Group Fails Me

One area where my own flaws become obvious is when I’m in the role of running a large creative project like planning an event. Often, I’ve felt that my team was failing me. But it’s crucial for a leader to ask the question: was it really a failure on the part of a member (or members) of the group? Or was it something I brought about because of my own issues as a person and leader? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Creativity, Inspiration, and Obsession

This past fall, I lost my mind again…I dove deep into a big project and got completely obsessed. “Go big or go home” is my motto when I get inspired. Thing is, I know this about myself, but I managed to forget how much sheer fuel there is when I’m lit up for a particular project. Imbolc is a fire festival sacred to Brigid–a goddess of fire–and the mysteries of fire are an apt metaphor for this kind of work. Have you ever struggled to find inspiration? Or have you found yourself struck by an idea, consumed by it? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Sacrifice, Skillbuilding, and Motivation

For many Pagans, Imbolc is about dedications; to me, dedication means work. It means sacrificing my time and energy to learn what is needed to follow my calling. Building skills takes motivation; to get good at these things, you have to put in the time. How did I get good at doing ritual? Years of work. Not hours, years. And here’s the thing–Pagan communities need excellence. [Read more…]


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