Happily Heathen: Frithweaving At Yule – A Heathen ADF Ritual For Frigga And Freyr

This year, I had the chance to celebrate Yule in a bigger way than I’ve ever done in the past. I organized an opportunity for the local pagan community to come together to worship as a family in honor of Yule and the Norse deities Frigga and Freyr. Frith was woven; community was served; and the Gods, ancestors and landvaettir were honored. All in all it was a successful ritual, and I’m proud to have helped make it happen. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: 12 Days of Omens

Maybe you miss your public transport one time too many, and every time it happens, you realize that a man in black is following you. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: The Great Work, Holding the Space

As part of my spiritual practice each year I choose an area of study or devotion to which I will dedicate myself for the course of that turning of the wheel. I call this system “The Great Work,” and it begins in the still darkness following Yule when we rest, cease striving, and “hold the space.” [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: The Answer is Love

The answer is love. I’m going to make space for love, for connection, for people who are working to build bridges. I’m going to work to help people find that ocean of love, that divine that is already present within us if we just open up to it. [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Why Is Yule like The Force?

The spiritual importance of Star Wars, at least for me, is that it showed us a world in which everything was interrelated. It’s a world where we draw our strength from that connectedness. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Yule – The Turning of the Wheel

Those of us who choose to follow that spiritual “different drummer” give up a lot. We set ourselves apart from most of the things by which most people define themselves. Our life’s rhythm alters, so that we no longer live Sunday-to-Sunday, like those around us, but Moon-to-Moon and Sabbat-to-Sabbat. Our sense of what is important changes even more drastically, with the coven and the community ― and the Gods ― becoming our primary focus. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Leaning Into the Solstice Darkness

It’s easy to get caught up in the the wild cycle of holiday hosting. Take a break with these meditations and prayers to the comforting darkness. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Celebrating the Longest Night

It’s not a major religious holiday for us, but its the children’s favorite and probably one of the most fun. As we move into the coldest, harshest time of year in my area we do so in good spirits and with good cheer, knowing that the light is returning, a little each day. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Living with Honor by Emma Restal Orr

O-Books offered up several titles for columnists to review this month and I selected Living with Honor: On Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr. I was excited about reading this text because of the focus on animism and ethics–topics important to my spirituality. [Read more…]

Wayfairing Woman: Actively Listening to the Spirits at the Dark Moon

In my experience, the dark stillness of this time is an invitation to engage with spiritual and magical forces by listening more intently. Sometimes in the great stampeding rush of life, I forget to listen well. Anyone can hear other people or the spirits, but listening well, meaning listening actively, requires focused effort. [Read more…]


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