The Rantin’ Raven: On Choosing a Magical Name

Upon entering the Craft, it is traditional, almost required, that one choose a new name. The taking of this new name symbolizes the death of the old personality and rebirth of the person. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Is Magick Real?

Is magick real? This is a question I am asked all the time, and to my ears it is a puzzle. Not the actual answer, but how the person gets to a point of asking it. You may as well ask if Science is real. Or Love. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Building a Kindred

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! Most of you readers here are familiar with my ongoing work over at Huginn’s Heathen Hof, but for those of you who aren’t super active on Facebook let’s just say it’s been a ludicrously busy few weeks! For [Read More…]

Dandelion Seeds: Finding the Spirit of My Religion

I knew what she was as soon as I saw her. She was my frumpy girlfriend, otherwise known as the druid group Ár nDraíocht Féin. I’ve joked for years that ADF is my girlfriend. I’m a pagan so I can anthropomorphize anything, even an international organization. As a practicing polyamorist and bisexual seeing this group that I work so hard for as an actual person that I have a real relationship with works really well for me. [Read more…]

A Lakeside Hearth: Looking Inwards

There are numerous conflicts in modern Pagan practices. When they do spill over, the conversation around them ranges from intelligent discourse to vitriolic demagoguery. Then, the topics that cause the worst blow-ups are banned from discussion and a kind of artificial peace is established; a façade of peace over a temporarily calmed sea of strong opinions, sectarianism, and conflicting ideologies. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Put Fire On It

I have a deep-thinking oldest child, who is fascinated by a number of things. There’s a fire there, something burning to know, looking for answers. I didn’t put the fire on her; she makes it herself, and she asks me questions. [Read more…]

The Path of She: The Transformative Magic of Your Life Story – Embracing the Beauty and the Ugly

We humans are not good or bad, beautiful or ugly, perfect or imperfect, but some complex weaving of all of these things. To witness, embrace and hold space for the totality of our being is a very potent practice that can bring profound healing and change. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Know Your Lore — The Poetic Edda

As a new Heathen, people are often told to read “the sagas and the Eddas.” However, this can be a bit overwhelming to those unfamiliar with Old Norse spelling and pronunciation. This situation is further worsened by the somewhat stilted, archaic-sounding translations of the key texts. So what’s a newbie Heathen to do? [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: My Journey with the Orishas

Everyone hits a low point. No one is all that all of the time. We all get life crap thrown at us, it’s how we deal with it that defines us. I try to think outside the box. I am unashamedly dabbling, learning, always reading and trying new things, making my life my magic. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Underground Smoke

The intuition about the beyond, that is not only instantly recognized but also embraced, leads to the kind of curiosity about all things that can easily be perceived as a form of radical acceptance: ‘I don’t know what this is, but I like it.’ [Read more…]