Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

I have recently started an “Intro to Heathenry” class in my hometown. In preparing for the most recent class, I made a last-minute decision to include a blot at the end. As I passed the horn at the class, I had a realization: This is what it is all about. Asatru is a lived religion, full of interaction with each other and the Honored Ones. If we never move beyond the scholarship and into a practiced religion, what is the point of being Heathen? [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Queer and Trans Identities and Pagan Mythology

Trying to shoehorn figures from our mythologies into modern concepts of identity can be harmful and problematic. Why is this, and what can we do about it? [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: In Love and War

When your love is clear it is part of the infinite beyond. When your love is clear you are not concerned with cultural perceptions of time. You are not concerned with ‘and what happened afterwards’. Clear love is always beautiful as it bypasses worry and risk-taking. Clear love is beyond questions and answers, cultural and physical laws. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Love in the Balance, A Poem for the Equinox

Learning to balance the “light” and the “dark” aspects of life is tough, but equinoxes are an ideal time to give these things some thought. I suggest closing the textbooks and going rogue to seek personal gnosis. Do you have a burning question that has never quite been explained to your satisfaction by any book or authority? Go direct. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: The Endless Cup – What Have I Given My Heart To?

I have had periods of creative expression when I felt there was no end to my energy reserves. Other times I have felt stuck in the wasteland of apathy, exhaustion, and impotence. At times when I have felt that my creative well had dried up, I have jumped at the chance to seek an answer to the mystery, the question: how do we fill from the source? [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Animism Isn’t for Us?

The animistic worldview is the red-headed stepchild of Western pagan worldviews. It finds itself mostly ignored or taken for granted. When it’s not ignored, it doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. There are some pretty good historical reasons for this, mostly having to do with what people think animism is. Whether they’re right or not is a different matter. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Who Was Mabon?

There’s a lot of debate over the name Mabon at the Autumn Equinox, mostly because we don’t know much about the persona behind the name. Quite a few people believe the problem is simply that the myths don’t support the timing at the Autumn Equinox, but I think they do. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: A Spot of Tea?

Like reading a story aloud, speaking a thing makes it somehow different outside my head. As if the words, that breath of air with sound inside it, makes a think more real. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Gaia, The Gangster Earth Mother

Most of us these days know the name Gaia from James Lovelock’s theory of the same name. Later I will be talking about modern interpretations and thoughts about the earth. For now let us focus on Gaia in her ancient form. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Books On Irish Paganism and the Fairy Faith

When it comes to my particular flavor of witchcraft people occasionally ask me to recommend books that would be good for people interested in following the same approach. There are many other really important books that a person should be familiar with and I thought for this week’s blog I’d give a short list of some of them as well as a few other mixed media items that can be enormously helpful in familiarizing people with the mythology and folk practices. [Read more…]


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