Wyrd Words: Pagan Ethics and Odin’s Rites of Hospitality

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The ancient Norse and Germanic tribes had a strong ethic of Hospitality. The concept encompassed personal generosity, reciprocity, and even what we today might term “social justice”. By the end of the Viking Era, Hospitality had become a highly ritualized practice and a core part of the their worldview. Thus it’s little surprise that by the time the Hávamál was written, Odin had a LOT to say about these things! [Read more...]

What’s New on Patheos Pagan (July 2014)

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New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Quaker Pagans, urban Pagan homesteading, Traditional Witchcraft, Zen Paganism, socially responsible magic, queer Pagan issues and radical inclusion, Jewish witchcraft, ecstatic Goddess monism. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Quiet Side of Magic

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It seems to me that to be a great magician is to be able to sit quietly when it is time to sit, and to be able to act boldly when it is time to act; to be able to listen and to speak, to see and to do — and to know when the time is right for each. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Redaction for XXXX and XXXXXXX

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Dogma is unreliable because mystical gnosis is noisy and susceptible to the bias of the listener. Redaction is therefore necessary in order for religions to live and grow as society evolves. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: The Pagan Sceptic

Carneades the Skeptic

One of the pieces of advice that came from my father when I was in my teens is that if you’re going to explore Pagan stuff, you need to be twice as sceptical as the muggles. I learned to question everything. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: The Witch in the Prayer Shawl – The Power of Sacred Garments

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One of my very first decisions as a teenage Witch was that robes–at least, the quality of robes I could make myself or afford to buy–weren’t for me. Yet it never felt quite right to do ritual in my street clothes. [Read more...]

How a Jewish Witch is Formed

Asa West

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...]


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