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…]

How a Jewish Witch is Formed

I finally let myself return to Witchcraft after I gave birth to my daughter. But there were aspects of Jewish practice that I didn’t want to leave behind. [Read more…]

Making Light: Dionysos

The Theoi are complex, and Dionysos is much more than the “party god” he has a reputation of being. He is certainly present during revelry, but his presence extends much farther than simple drunken enjoyment. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Friends in Wyrd Places

A Heathen attends a Renewal Judaism celebration of Sukkot! Sometimes we set out to find our allies, those of kindred spirit and like mind, and we find our list of friends seeming thin. Other times we brace ourselves before dealing with the outside world, and instead we find friends in wyrd places. [Read more…]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more…]

A Question of Judeo-Pagan Values

I’m not suggesting that Judaism is a kind of Paganism. What I am suggesting is that Pagan relations with religions outside of the Pagan umbrella are important, and they can’t all be negative. Pagans and Orthodox Jews have more in common than either probably realize. [Read more…]

Wrestling With Gods: Pagan Gnosis through Jewish Eyes

Today, I chatted with Hermes over breakfast. I accept his faults, he accepts mine. We enjoy each other’s company as much as any two people could reasonably be expected to. There’s just one problem: I’m an Observant Jew. [Read more…]

Making Light: How we voted Imbolc off the Island (and aren’t even sorry)

Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we notice that the days have gotten longer. Because the light and temperature are beginning to increase, it’s as good a place as any to mark the end of Hyperborea and Apollo’s return to the Temple. [Read more…]

Making Light: A Very Pagan Pesach

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a roomful of drunk Pagans shout “Next year in Jerusalem!” at the end of a Passover seder. We’ve been doing this for more than a dozen years and it has become such a part of our local traditions that if the priestess in charge suddenly stopped doing them, there [Read More…]

Making Light: Hellenic Reconstructionism (sensu Judaica)

In a Pagan context, a Reconstructionist is one who wishes to re-create ancient practices as closely as possible to what they were prior to the rise of the Abrahamic religions. For most Hellenic polytheists, this means the practices of Classical Greece. Hellenics are very fortunate in that there is a mountain of source material from [Read More…]


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