Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 7 – The Devotional Moods

Anne-François-Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme ~ 7 - Le Mauvaus Sentier (The Bad Path)

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...]

Druid Thoughts: Gratitude for Community

Nimue Brown

When I have been hurt and lost, my community has brought soft words of encouragement. When I have not known where I belonged, people from my community made a point of telling me that I was wanted. When I have not been able to see what the point of anything was, people from my community have helped me find a sense of worth and purpose. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven?

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

When a house is set up as a temple to the gods, and the persons who have been charged with the safe keeping of those within that temple honor divinity in what they say and do, hereditary witchcraft flows through every connection created in that temple. This a family coven — this is how we give birth to hereditary witchcraft. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Defined but not Confined

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Imagine that, on the street, you see a woman wearing an odd T-shaped necklace with a tiny man on it. You recognize it as one of those “Abrahamic” things. Intrigued, you approach her and ask, “What do Abrahamics believe?” Asking what Pagans believe makes about as much sense… so what’s the right question to ask? [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Letting Go of Summer

Ocean

For years, I’ve resisted the changing seasons and the coming cold; I moved to the south to get away from long, bitter winters, and I’ll wear sandals even when it’s snowing, just to cling to the semblance of summer. But this year, I finally feel ready to welcome to the cold with intention. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Imparting the Mysteries – Helping Your Students Find Personal Gnosis

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How do you impart a personal experience of the Divine that may not be at all like your own? How do you teach the sound of one hand clapping? The answer is: you don’t. You teach the skills needed in order to make this very personal discovery instead. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at Our History (Part 5) — Feminism

Pallas Athene

Not every Pagan views their spirituality as a site of political action, but, for many of us, this has been one of the lasting gifts of Feminism. For the early Feminists, spirituality and politics were bound up in each other, and this action is mirrored in the eco-consciousness elements of Modern Paganism. [Read more...]


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