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…]

The Rantin’ Raven: An Old Witch Responds to the Young Ones

Now, this is not going to be one of those “When I was your age I had to walk 10 miles through a blizzard every day to go to school” lectures. But I would like for you to understand why our eyes glaze over and we wander away going “Eep! Gloik!” when you attempt to tell us what you know about Wicca. What you know about Wicca and what we know about Wicca are poles apart. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Spelling as Witchery

“I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before the spelling-book came with its arbitrary forms, men unconsciously revealed shades of their characters and also added enlightening shades of expression to what they wrote by their spelling, and so it is possible that the spelling-book has been a doubtful benevolence to us.” ~Mark Twain [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Prayer

Prayer is one of those contentious topics in the Heathen community that often stirs up more trouble than good. A lot of Heathens don’t believe in praying at all, while others prefer almost liturgical forms of worship. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Seeking the Roots of Compassion in Paganism

The Rev. Melissa Hill shares a journey toward compassion and the goddess Sigyn. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Why I am “Happily Heathen”

Every Heathen’s reasons for staying a Heathen are different: Alyxander Folmer argues that Heathenry is a “religion of questions” and supports a skeptical, questioning attitude; Molly Khan talks about how the Heathen worldview supports her connection to the land, the ancestors, and the Gods. As for me, I have a ton of reasons which I will gladly tell you about–that is why I call my column “Happily Heathen”, after all. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Walls and Doors

Walls are being built high and strong in the Pagan community as our component parts struggle to establish their distinct identities. Will our Pagan village have room for everyone who wants to live in it? [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Personality Test

How often do we pose these questions to ourselves: What do I know about myself that others also know? What is hidden? What do I know about myself, but would rather keep a secret? What do others know about me, which I, however, am unable to recognize? [Read more…]


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