The Rantin’ Raven: Telling Our Stories

a mature woman reading from a book

If you’re a member of any kind of linage, formal or informal, please ask more questions of those who’ve preceded you. How did this get in our Lore? What does it mean? How did you, dear teacher, get involved in all this, and why, and what was it like then? Who did you know and what were they like? Any idea they are now? [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Gaia, The Gangster Earth Mother

Courtesy of Melissa Hill

Most of us these days know the name Gaia from James Lovelock’s theory of the same name. Later I will be talking about modern interpretations and thoughts about the earth. For now let us focus on Gaia in her ancient form. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Spelling as Witchery

By Anne Druthers

“I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before the spelling-book came with its arbitrary forms, men unconsciously revealed shades of their characters and also added enlightening shades of expression to what they wrote by their spelling, and so it is possible that the spelling-book has been a doubtful benevolence to us.” ~Mark Twain [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Irish Fairies in America

"William Blake - Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing" by William Blake - ([1]]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Songs for the Old Religion, in Context

Image Courtesy of Susan Lohwasser

Something like Songs for the Old Religion could not happen in today’s Pagan world, because Paganism has changed and we have changed. In 1975 music was something everyone did, everyone shared, everyone wove into the fabric of their lives. Today, music – even Pagan music – is performed by professionals and bought by the rest of us. [Read more...]

A Pagan Short History of Valentine’s Day

Cupid in a Tree, by Jean-Jacque-François le Barbier. Public domain

Valentine’s Day is not regarded as a particularly Pagan holiday, although some of the ideas and practices around it have their roots in Paganism. In this guest post on the Agora, James Lindenschmidt, a regular contributor on our A Sense of Place blog, shares some information about the history and origins of the holiday. [Read more...]

Celebrating Heathen Women: Then and Now


Honoring the dísir (female ancestors) is an important part of modern heathen ritual. What do we know about ancient heathen women, and how can we apply that knowledge to our practice today? [Read more...]