The Rantin’ Raven: Not My Elder

Recently, a few prominent authors, activists, and well-known personalities in the Pagan world did something unfortunate. Very publicly. Bloggers and Facebookers immediately took up sides, with the battle lines being drawn along “No Elder of mine!” and “We must respect our Elders even when they’re wrong.” And I got to thinking about the phenomenon of the Pagan Elder. It’s actually a very murky subject. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: To Listen

To listen passively leads to anger and pain. To listen actively, while difficult, leads to understanding and acceptance. Will you make the effort to truly listen to another? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Too Early A Death

Wednesday night I facilitated a memorial service for a Pagan community leader, David Quinn. I didn’t know David, but I had been scheduled to offer a chanting workshop for his group, Sacred Bridges CUUPs, in Des Moines, Iowa. Monday when I woke up I received a message that David had passed away Sunday night. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: How to lead and let go in your community

One of the challenges of being a leader is knowing when to let go, and also knowing when to step back and let other people take the reins. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Heathen Leadership

We have a glut of ‘priests’ and not enough accountants. So many teachers, and so few administrators. So many brilliant ideas, and almost no financiers.

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Socially Responsible Magic: 5 Tips for Becoming a Proactive Leader

A proactive leader is someone who seeks to anticipate situations and develops appropriate responses before they ever occur. A proactive leader asks how best to serve the community and develops, with the consensus of the community, planned strategies. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: What Defines Good Leadership?

Being a leader is more than simply showing up for a leadership role. What are the key characteristics of a leader? [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Terribly Important Pagans

Why as Pagans are we so keen to mimic the political structures and power bases of other religions? Why are we so excited by titles, and so keen to pin them to ourselves? [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Doers and the Don’ters

The most important element in Pagan leadership is willingness to stand up in the field. But some people seem determined to be lawnmowers. Sable Aradia discusses how to recognize them and what to do about them. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Wicca Has No Gurus, Only Teachers

We often expect our spiritual teachers to be perfect. Sable Aradia explains that teachers of the Craft usually aren’t, and why this is a good thing. [Read more…]