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…]

Witch on Fire: Mabon Feasts Serve Up a Challenge

…it is the struggles, the challenges, the grit and tweak against the grain of life that hones you into the powerful incarnate gods that you are, yes? This Mabon, dig deep and excavate gratitude for the lessons learned through adversity–including the coven kerfluffles. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Fall Equinox Meditation – Descent into the Sacred Dark

At the Fall Equinox, a new cycle of healing and personal growth awakens within you. Heed the call of the sacred dark. Descend into its mysterious depth. The answers you seek, wait for you there. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: A Simple Blot for Freyr

As we are in the middle of the harvest-related holidays and are getting ready for winter, it seemed a great time to finally sit down and write a simple ritual for Freyr. Freyr is a great God who is often honored at several autumnal holidays, such as Frexfaxi, Winternights, and Yule, but I have not come across a good, year-round ritual that can be used to honor him. He’s a great God and he really deserves a lot more press than he currently gets. (Though since as he is one of my patrons, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased). [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Freyja

One of the things that often attracts people to Heathenry and related practices is our Gods. While the Ancestors and vaettir (land spirits) often hold important places in our hearths and hearts, the Gods draw our attention and admiration. How can they not? [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Questions of Excellence

Most of the time we assume that people seek a fortuneteller because they need answers to their questions. Wrong. Most of the time, what people are seeking is excellence: The excellence that goes into formulating a good question. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Confessions of a Snake Oil Salesman

Bless me, pagandom, for I have “sinned” and fallen short of the glory of our gods; it has been two weeks since my last confession…er…post. For seven years now I’ve been a merchant of metaphysical goods and services, and there are days when I feel like a snake oil salesman. I confess my disenchantment with the metaphysical industry and occasional lack of faith in my fellow practitioners… [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: Paganism’s Permission to Dare

What is distinct about Paganism is that we have no litmus test for belief entry. Personally, I’m not deeply invested in what anyone believes, not my editor Jason Mankey or my fellow writer John Halstead. I am far more interested in what someone knows. I want to know about how you come into your magical experience. How you document it, break it apart and put it back together. [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Being Neighborly

Land spirits are an important part of paganisms around the world. These are spirits associated with places, whether they might be as small as a stream, or a tree, or as large as a mountain, a village, or a country. [Read more…]


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