Gateway Goddess: Interfaith Family Ties Blossom from Ostara to Easter

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Why do I have an Easter dress? Why, after years of brunch-only celebrations with my own family, am I actually going to attend services? The answer: Love. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Balance Within and Without?

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With the coming Equinox, I am ready to shed my winter skin. Not only is spring beginning to burst out, but we are approaching a powerful moment. The days have been getting gradually longer, but before we can feel the full flush of summer, we must pause and acknowledge the equinox. At the vernal equinox this week, day and night will be almost balanced. Such an event only occurs twice a year, and because of this rarity, it provides us with a powerful opportunity for soul work and magic. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Looking at Lent through Pagan Eyes

Unplugging from media can be a sacrificial act. Photo by Samuel M. Livingston.

I used to say that as a Pagan, well, I didn’t do sacrifice. Now, I have a more subtle understanding: to sacrifice something is to offer it up to the sacred, thus increasing our own connection with Divinity. [Read more...]

Family Traditions: Present, Past, Future

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The teenage girls are hunting for eggs in my parents’ yard. They pick through the splendidly overgrown vegetation, snatching at bright colors, and calling out to one another whenever they find one. But they are in a difficult position: their age demands a certain jaded attitude towards all things, so they can’t seem too excited, [Read More...]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things March

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What can a naturalist celebrate in March? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles March 19th-20th is an Equinox.  That is, it is one of only two times a year when the tilt [Read More...]


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