The Rantin’ Raven: Samhain Meditation

"The Philosopher" by Rembrandt.  From WikiMedia.

“Lord Herne,” you whisper, “and all you spirits of the Dead, I drink to you!” [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Hedge: The Thinning of the Veil

A perfect moment — © Polly Peterson (2008) /

Halloween is almost upon us. It’s a time of year for costumes, parties, and maybe a few ghost stories. Samhain is on its way, too. This is the time of year when we see a thinning of the veil between the worlds. If we’re given to such things, it becomes easier to reach across the veil. But as much as the veil thins outside of us, it thins inside of us, too. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Putting the “Holy” Back in “Holiday”

Alyxander Folmer

I refuse to let the fact that I’m at work stop me from making the holiday unique and special. I cannot change my surroundings, so instead I choose to change my perception of them, and set myself apart. That is my offering on this day of sacrifice. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming


Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized? [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Halloween – Inviting the Secular


Personally, I like my Halloween with green faced ‘witches’ and candy corn, trick or treating, and carved pumpkins. Oh, how I love candy corn and a jack-o-lantern! Sure, some of those items have folkloric history in pagan-based cultures, but I want to bob apples and throw lavish parties while eating candy corn till my stomach hurts. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Finding New Depth in the Darkness

This year, I’ll be pushing myself to make deeper connections with the people who’ve come before me, through both writing and ritual, and instead of only spending a day or two remembering, I’m committing to an entire month of reflection and dialogue. It’s a daunting process, but one I’m really looking forward to. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: All Hallows Read

Girl Reading Ghost Story

Creepy books put us in touch with fear and death without pushing those torture-porn buttons. While high levels of horror can leave you a tad cold blooded and desensitised if you aren’t careful, a good creepy read is all about letting small, manageable amounts of fear in. [Read more...]