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…]

The Zen Pagan: The Only God to Whom Jupiter Must Bow

Boundaries in their role as both endings and beginnings are also on my mind because this will be my last column for Agora. The good news is that this is because The Zen Pagan will soon be its own full-fledged blog here at Patheos Pagan! But this change too is the crossing of a line, a passing of a boundary. The Romans had a god for that: Terminus, the god of boundaries. [Read more…]

Making Light: Hephaestos

Bury everything I’ve made and very little of my industry will survive a thousand years to be studied by archaeologists apart from a little bit of pottery. I’m a textiles person and a painter. But here we have a guy who works with metal and gears who gets it. While that’s not my art, I have a very deep appreciation for the minds of makers in all the arts. Athene is software; Hephaestos is hardware. When both function together, they are more than the sum of their parts. [Read more…]

Making Light: Hermes

I’m glad He has been with me, and every time I leave the house, I know that He will continue to protect me and mine beyond the threshold where the driveway and street mark the boundary of our modest suburban property. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Gods of the Common Places

Let us seek the old gods so that they will not become lost in time and erased by the gods of invention, materialism, politics, and corporate structure. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Divine Wisdom, Mortal Filters

When we ask the gods to speak through us and give us their wisdom, how much of what is said is from them, and how much comes from us? And how do we know the difference? Sable Aradia speculates. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: A Season for Living

Without the reality of hard lessons, we would not be able to appreciate the wisdom needed to walk a spiritual path. In other words, there must be winter; there cannot always be flowers and warmth. The rune of the Elder Futhark known as “Ing” personifies this very concept. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: What Do We Hope to Build?

I wonder how many of us will find our Paganism is robust enough to survive the devastating future human stupidity is likely to create. How many of us will be able to walk our talk when our lives depend much more on our choices? Will we manage to be true to our values in crisis, or is it going to get decidedly Lord of the Flies out there? Or can we do enough, now, to avert ecological disaster? [Read more…]