Socially Responsible Magic: Internal Work and Social Responsibility

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People who are called to serve are often so focused on serving others that they neglect themselves and their own needs and eventually hit burnout. Avoiding that outcome involves the necessary action of taking care of yourself. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: New Tools, New Ways

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Sitting in mindfulness, walking in mindfulness, eating in mindfulness, it all helped me to remember how I could relax my body and calm my mind, sans substances. I was able to meet my anxiety and other emotions, give a polite nod, and know that within and beyond it all, I really, actually am whole and safe and beloved. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Druidry and Meditation

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Meditation need not be stationary, and it need not be tedious, either! It can be a great way of flexing and developing your creativity, as well as a method for developing inner peace and cultivating insight. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Paganism – Indoors or Outside?

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Paganism, to our ancestors, did not mean exclusively nature. It meant a blending of human concerns and natural powers: Gods of war and wisdom, of poetry and politics. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods

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In an earlier series of columns on “The Mysticism of Devotion,” we explored the devotional moods of Child, Friend, Strength, Champion, Hound, Servant, Spouse and Parent in relation to the love of the goddess Brighid. Now we will explore the cultivation of these devotional moods through visualization. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Searching for Stillness

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We need stillness. In sleep, our bodies repair themselves and our minds process the events and questions of the day, but stillness is important in our waking hours, too. Taking time to be still can stop me from overreacting to problems, and I also find that daily stillness gives me a sense of lightness and general contentment that I often lose when I’m caught up in the whirlwind of doing. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 5 – The Manor of Tara

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Turn toward the east again to gaze up at the Sky, the upper realm of Celtic myth. Feel the power of the Brig coursing through you from up above, flowing through your body and into the Land. The spot where you are standing is the sacred center, the place of the Sovereignty. [Read more...]


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