Happily Heathen: Missing Your Gods? Maybe You’ve Left Them

If I have lost my connection to my gods—or if I just feel I’ve lost that connection—it may not be They who’ve walked away; it could be the other way around. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: I Swear by Grass, I Swear by Grain

New Year’s resolutions make me think of oaths. Either way, people witness your words, but one’s only a personal statement and the other is a formal promise. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The All Gods Event

The All Gods Event is a ritual I created a few years ago when I was involved in a lot of intrafaith work in the Bay Area. I felt then, as I do now, that politics being what it is, it is even more important for us to pull together and support each other, because the upcoming political regime will not. [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…]

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…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Dressing Old Gods in a New World

In my experience if you ask most pagans or polytheists to describe their Gods – with few exceptions – you’ll get lots of clothing descriptions out of a historical re-enactors catalog. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Offerings for the Gods – Part 2 – The Aesir

The question often arises, though, as to which gift is most appropriate for a given deity or situation. This article will offer suggestions for gifts for several of the Aesir gods, based on the examples in the Lore and recommendations from modern worshipers. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Offerings For The Gods – Part One – The Vanir

As a practicing Heathen, a key cornerstone of my spiritual practice is the offering of gifts. The Havamal has a lot to say about gift giving and fostering reciprocal relationships. Though in the Havamal Odin focuses more on building relationships between humans, I think the same advice can be applied equally well to our relationships with the Gods. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Managing Multiple Deity Relationships

All relationships can be complicated, and human to divine relationships are no different. Deepening a spirituality and developing my practice requires that we think through the relationships that we cultivate. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Odin

Poet, wise man, grey-cloaked wanderer, one-eyed, wizard, warrior, king… when I decided to do Odin as my next “Divine Profiles” article, I was overwhelmed. For as much as the Lady is a complex, larger-than-life being, the Allfather has so very many names and stories attached to him that I was afraid that I couldn’t do him justice. [Read more…]