Outside the Circle: The Bad Fairies Of Litha

Litha or Midsummer, a time of bonfires, mugwort, mythical beings, nights and days of mischief and love. The veil is thin. The Celts, the Norse and the Slavs believed that there were three ‘spirit nights’ in the year when magic ran amok and the Otherworld was near. The first was Halloween, the second was May Eve and the third was Midsummer Eve. All sorts of enchantments are in the air now and Spirits and Fairies abound. What follows here are some of them. These are not your good fairies but tricksters and darker spirits. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Crafting Sovereignty at the Grand Sabbat

This Beltane, we brought both the pomp and ceremony of High Witchcraft plus the nitty-gritty, bare feet, howling at the moon, fire dancing and drumming into the night, of old-fashioned, tree-hugging, dirt-worshipping paganism. We rang the bell at the apex of Spring so loudly and proudly that there are Genus Loci all over eastern North Carolina still tingling with twitterpation, and looking for a smoke. Shazam, I tell you. SHAZAM! [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Old at Beltain

We just celebrated Beltain, perhaps the most “hands on” Sabbat of the year. But, what you’re too old to contemplate staying up all night, much less rolling in the grass with a lover? How do we old Witches keep the Beltain when–as the saying goes–the spirit is willing but the flesh isn’t? [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Beltane and the Gifts of Darkness

Bealtaine is a holiday that celebrates both the dark and the light, just as life is ultimately about finding a balance between the two that works for each of us individually. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Holiness and Hallowing at Imbolc

The holy current that runs through this time of year is profound and its blessings are many. Whether or not you tend to notice subtle increases in temperature, or slowly lengthening days, I invite you to turn your awareness to holiness, the current of sacred worth and boundless potential. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: My American Imbolc

Imbolc is a pretty big holiday for my family and one of the most involved. It’s also my oldest daughter’s favorite, not only because she has a special devotion to Bríd, but because it’s the holiday that gives her the biggest role to play. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrations of Fire and Ice

Of all the festivals of the Pagan year, Imbolc, February 2, is the most complex, the most mystical. Like the other three “Cross Quarter” days (Beltain, Lammas and Samhain), Imbolc is a festival of fire, but the fires it kindles are not quite of this world. [Read more…]

Wayfairing Woman: Soul Searching at Winter Solstice Time

At this time, after the Winter Solstice and moving into the New Year, we have a great opportunity to do some soul searching, using the lantern light of the coming year to illuminate the way. This time needn’t be about making resolutions, but rather synthesizing experiences and making more coherent sense of it all so that our foot falls on solid ground as we step into the new year. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Frithweaving At Yule – A Heathen ADF Ritual For Frigga And Freyr

This year, I had the chance to celebrate Yule in a bigger way than I’ve ever done in the past. I organized an opportunity for the local pagan community to come together to worship as a family in honor of Yule and the Norse deities Frigga and Freyr. Frith was woven; community was served; and the Gods, ancestors and landvaettir were honored. All in all it was a successful ritual, and I’m proud to have helped make it happen. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Yule – The Turning of the Wheel

Those of us who choose to follow that spiritual “different drummer” give up a lot. We set ourselves apart from most of the things by which most people define themselves. Our life’s rhythm alters, so that we no longer live Sunday-to-Sunday, like those around us, but Moon-to-Moon and Sabbat-to-Sabbat. Our sense of what is important changes even more drastically, with the coven and the community ― and the Gods ― becoming our primary focus. [Read more…]


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