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…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Village Games

Community practice in a village in ancient times would have had most people following similar customs, but that’s not always workable for modern pagans. That doesn’t mean one can’t have a meaningful Lughnasadh celebration in a group with only one Celt, though, and without giving short shrift to anyone else’s stuff. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: To Santa Claus or Not to Santa Claus? – Evidently that is the Question!

“I told her, mommy,” he says with complete exasperation, “Santa Claus was just God dressed up like the Holly King who is a God. Didn’t she know that all gods were one god anyway so no one was going to hell because everyone believed in God in their own way?”

“What did she say to that, honey?”

“She stomped her feet and screamed and ran away,” he said. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: The Answer is Love

The answer is love. I’m going to make space for love, for connection, for people who are working to build bridges. I’m going to work to help people find that ocean of love, that divine that is already present within us if we just open up to it. [Read more…]

Making Light: The Pagan Blogosphere is Toxic

I feel like maybe I have interesting ideas about theology and that maybe some people would like to read about those ideas. It doesn’t matter to me if you disagree with me, but it does matter if you’re not very nice about the way you disagree with me. Xenia goes both ways and I will make every effort to be courteous and respectful, but I also expect the same from others. I’m a real person with real feelings and emotions and unless it’s kind, timely, and true, don’t say it. I’m not fragile, I can take criticism, and I don’t mind arguing, but if it can’t be a civilized argument, I want no part of it. [Read more…]

Juggling Babies

I love the old legends, and find inspiration in the stories of the gods. However, it’s the VALUES of Heathenry that really mean the most in my every day life. My marriage functions because those are values my wife and I share, if for entirely different reasons. [Read more…]

Born Again Witch: Witches at a Pentecostal Church – Sensing the Energy

This is the second part of a three part series on what happened when my coven visited a “spirit-filled” Christian church. In the first part I wrote about what prompted us to visit the church and together with Autumn, who has no background in Christianity, we shared our initial reactions. In this second part Autumn and I compare notes on our experience, how we sensed and saw the flow of energy. We also look at how we both understood the sermon, and how together we were able to make sense of our experiences. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Indoctrinating Against Indoctrination

It’s not enough to simply tell your children about other faiths while helping them to only practice your own. If you truly want to protect them from being indoctrinated by others, you have to help them experience the faith of others, too. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Viking in the Synagogue

I know a lot of interfaith couples struggle to find that “balance.” Where should the lines be drawn? At what point are we allowed to say we simply feel uncomfortable with some pressure that our partner’s faith community is placing on us? How can we participate in that part of our partner’s life, without compromising our own beliefs? [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…]