Hills of the Horizon: Opet, Autumn, and the Wanderer

What does the common cultural motif of the god in disguise testing mortals’ hospitality have to do with the present day? And what does it have to do with an ancient Egyptian state festival? These questions, illuminated by filk music. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Shaming Pagans – Sincerity Does Not Equal Competence

There was a discussion about John Halstead’s article, Gods Save Us from Bad Pagan Rituals: 10 Signs You’re Half-Assing Your Mabon Ritual, in my local community and it reminded me of a quote from Isaac Bonewits: “Sincerity does not equal competence.” [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Vision and Movement – Rising Above the Gossip

Rarely do we openly talk about power and exclusion, but we need to start having real conversations. As an occultist, I can tell you that I personally do not always feel welcome at all pagan events. [Read more…]

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…]


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