Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Pagan Parenting and Cultural Appropriation – A Story

a young, white woman holding a camera

This is an attempt to write a story that explains how cultural appropriation happens and why it can be disrespectful. It may have gotten some of the indigenous facts wrong; this only strengthens the point of the story. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: A Wish Upon Dying

Heron and her daughter at Sondra's grave / Heron Michelle

My mother was the holy-rolling, bible-thumping, fundamentalist variety of evangelical Christian and basically the polar opposite from my liberal, feminist, witchy self. I didn’t talk about those things with my mother because I loved her, and I was too chicken to drop the “W” bomb. Even though she drove me absolutely bonkers, I craved her acceptance. Her love was unconditional, but the peace between us was not. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: What are We Fighting For?


Our heroes and heroines come to us on the tidal waves created by thousands of small moments making none of them insignificant. Great acts, events, and moments in history ride upon the back of millions of small acts, small moments of decision or no decision at all. That power is in you. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven, the NFL, and Council of Mothers


I encourage Family Covens to seek out and name a Council of Mothers for their children, male and female. Seek out various ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, classes, and opinions. It isn’t the White House, Rutgers University, or the NFL that will have the greatest impact in lowering the rate of sexual violence. It is the council of mothers that forms the landscape of children’s lives. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Consistency and Family Coven

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Consistency in Paganism isn’t created by passing the plate and creating an infrastructure of people paid to get things done. It is reliant upon the consistency of those who want to worship. For consistency, we must press through our own mental road blocks and help others find a way to do the same. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven and Chronic Illness

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

I suffer from a genetic disorder that often wreaks havoc in my life. Lately, I have tried to give myself a break. I was born this way, and if I am doing anything toward the goal of wellness, then I am succeeding. I need to stay in the moment I am in and not live too far out in the future or dwell too much on the past. With this attitude, I have found that what would normally be months of convalescing and fatigue have been cut short. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven Can Be Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Family Covens openly accept: We may not know. We do not have to know. We are not all things to all members, nor should we be. Like a family, Family Covens understand when the coven is out of its depth and requires outside assistance. No adult child ever expects their parents to be perfect, and Family Covens apply that same logic to traditions, elders, and pagan leaders. [Read more...]