Irish-American Witchcraft: The Morrigan and Samhain

One question I get asked fairly often is whether or not the Morrigan had a day associated with her historically and if so what would it be? The answer from a straight academic perspective is no, we don’t have any surviving evidence of a feast day or holiday associated explicitly with the Morrigan. The more nuanced answer is that the Morrigan has connections to several different holidays, but probably the most mythic connections to Samhain. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: Dark Spirits of Lammas

The Witches of the past learned their magic from the fairies, meeting them in the woodlands and fairy mounds that ordinary people avoided. Given herbs, potions, and the secrets of the Craft. In the woodlands, following a path deep into the heart of the greenwood. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Is It a Haunting or Fairies?

You don’t necessarily need to be sensitive or able to directly See these beings; for people who cannot see spirits or otherwise sense them there are practical ‘real world’ ways to differentiate between the two types of presence. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Finding Fairy – Enchantment and Wholeness

Enchantment is something to actively engage in, not passively experience. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Irish Fairies in America

Some people do see the Gods as anchored in one terrestrial space. Others think the fairies are similarly limited to Ireland and historically Celtic lands. This has not been my experience. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Liminal Gods

Although Morgan does honor the Irish Gods, respecting and honoring the aos sí is the core of her spirituality. Worshiping the liminal Gods is a vital thing, and forms an essential part of her practice of witchcraft as a religion and a craft. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Midsummer – Honoring Áine and the Other Crowd

Midsummer is fast approaching and Morgan takes a moment to share with us her family’s traditions and practices. [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.

And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.
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The Busy Witch: Midsummer Traditions

For me, the summer solstice has always been closely linked with the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fairies! Lovers! Parties! From start to finish, this play is one giant romp, and that’s the kind of energy I want to cultivate in the summer — starting with making offerings to the fairies. [Read more…]