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: Reciprocity, Tit for Tat, and Vending Machine Religion

In my paganism and my personal practice, reciprocity is of utmost importance in thought and consideration when dealing with all beings, spirits, and gods. [Read more…]

Irish American Witchcraft: 21st Century Hex

Of all the lines that divide the modern pagan community none may be so sharply defined as hexing. [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…]

Wayfaring Woman: Ethical Spiritual Intercession

In times of trouble, our own wishes, needs, hopes, and fears are easily conflated with those of another. In such a time, I was ethically obligated to separate my friend’s spiritual needs from my own and act based on what I knew of them. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Why We All Need Indigenous European Paganism

The Rev. Melissa Hill tackles issues of white privilege and the fear that modern European polytheism is a breeding ground for right wing ideologies. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Keep Your Virtues Out Of My Heathenry

When Heathens turn ideals into a weapon to tear down other Heathens, we’re being just as bad as the fundamentalist Christians. Do we even need to base our ethics on religion? [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Aphrodite’s Thealogy of Perfection

“In Perfect love and Perfect trust.” I’ve come to appreciate this concept as one of the most valuable that Wicca has to offer to Witchdom, as a whole. Sadly, I’m finding that it is widely undervalued, and largely misunderstood. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Living with Honor by Emma Restal Orr

O-Books offered up several titles for columnists to review this month and I selected Living with Honor: On Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr. I was excited about reading this text because of the focus on animism and ethics–topics important to my spirituality. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: My Heathenry – What It Is, And What It Is Not

My Heathenry is a open-minded, thriving religion full of diverse points of view. How about yours? [Read more…]