Seeking the Grail: Into the Deep Within

facebookbloggraphic_roots-01

I sometimes wonder why I bother leading rituals. Why does religion matter? And then, in ritual, I hear the sound of two hundred people singing a chant together in harmony…feet pounding the ground as we dance. People laughing, weeping. People telling me that the ritual shifted something within them, that they felt the divine, that they spoke to an ancestor, that they released an old pain. That it made their lives better. [Read more...]

The Witches Next Door: Being on the Same Path is Awesome! Except When it isn’t

shutterstock_114433318

You like strawberry cheesecake.They like strawberry cheesecake. They think Spring is the coolest time of year and so do you. You are a Pagan and they’ve always been Pagan, and you even practice in the same tradition. The organic cherry on top of the Pagan Sundae is that you and they have made a life together. Walking the same religious/spiritual Pagan path is awesome. Or is it? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

Heather O'Brien

We can read and study, but until rites and practices are integrated into real world living, they remain only words on someone else’s page. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: What Is Community?

Taylor Ellwood

What does community mean to you? How does it show up in your life? What do you do to contribute to your community? How do you support your community, and how do you reach out when you need support? [Read more...]

Celebrating Heathen Women: Then and Now

Dis

Honoring the dísir (female ancestors) is an important part of modern heathen ritual. What do we know about ancient heathen women, and how can we apply that knowledge to our practice today? [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: What Defines Good Leadership?

spiderman-with-great-power-comes-great-responsibility

Being a leader is more than simply showing up for a leadership role. What are the key characteristics of a leader? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Concept of Community

Fyrkat hus stor. Image by Malene Thyssen, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Malene . (CC BY-SA 2.5)

When I am engaging in group dialogue, I do not see a “heathen community” but rather individuals who may be similarly invested in learning about heathenry. Referring to a stranger as “brother” or “sister,” or using “our heathen community” to imply that someone I do not personally know is accountable for me, devalues the meaning of these words [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X