Making Light: Demeter

Triptolemus, Demeter and Persephone by the Triptolemos-painter, ca 470 BC, Louvre. Public domain image.

With Demeter, my practice is about as simple and ordinary as it gets. I don’t do any complicated rites and I don’t have a lot of high-falutin’ prayers; I just do some gardening and show some gratitude. [Read more...]

Making Light: Zeus

His statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but he decided to move on to bigger things.

If ever there was a strong masculine father figure, he’s it. If you’re a Pagan who is coming to a Paganism via the goddess movement or converting from a faith or practice that is strongly patriarchical with a desire to seek the divine feminine, Zeus is not your go-to god. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme ~ 7 - Le Mauvaus Sentier (The Bad Path)

In an earlier series of columns on “The Mysticism of Devotion,” we explored the devotional moods of Child, Friend, Strength, Champion, Hound, Servant, Spouse and Parent in relation to the love of the goddess Brighid. Now we will explore the cultivation of these devotional moods through visualization. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Role of Music in Teaching the Craft

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Sable Aradia explains why, and how, music is an effective tool in Pagan ritual. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 4

Connla and the Fairy Maiden by John Dickson Batten. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

In “Invocation of the Graces,” all eight “ethical empowerments” express essentially the same concept: to relieve the suffering of others by providing comfort, shelter, guidance, support, sanctuary, protection, refreshment or healing. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 2

Frederick Sandys (1829-1904), Gentle Spring, 1865. Image by Snapshooter46 via Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The “Invocation” is not only a piece of folk magic but a commentary on virtue ethics. Many systems of virtue ethics seem to come from a very masculine perspective. For instance, the “nine noble virtues” of Asatru are courage, truth, honor, fidelity, discipline, hospitality, industriousness, self-reliance and perseverance. These are not portrayed as being “just for men,” but their relationship to the masculine warrior ethos of the Icelandic sagas is clear. As a discussion of “virtue ethics” based on a distinctly feminine perspective, the “Invocation of the Graces” provides an interesting contrast to the nine noble virtues. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 1

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme - Sur la Montagne (On The Mountain)

The “Invocation of the Graces” is a charm or blessing that was recited over young people in the Scottish Highlands to protect them from various potential threats while endowing them with a number of virtues or powers Carmichael’s translation refers to as “graces.” [Read more...]


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