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...]

Loop of Brighid: The Cauldrons of Inspiration

A God Who Makes Fire

A God Who Makes Fire: The Bardic Mysticism of Amergin includes a new translation of the Cauldron of Poesy, a line-by-line analysis of the translation, a chapter on each of the three cauldrons exploring their symbolism and meaning, a selection of bardic poetry exploring the nine emotions that “turn” the cauldrons, and a new method for practicing the system of “cauldron mysticism” described in the text. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: The Problem With Apologetics

No Apologetics Zone

Apologetics don’t lead to conversation, and they don’t facilitate respectful exchange. Instead, they make a declaration and then reject anything that may contradict that statement. This is the opposite of everything modern logical thought and scientific practice has taught us. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Missing Magic

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I’m missing magic right now, and missing my circle, but at the same time, I know that I need this time to myself. Solitude is an important part of my practice, but one that’s all too easy to ignore in the summer. Now, as the weather turns wet and cold, I welcome this chance to stay home and descend into silence. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Materialism and Narcissism

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As a community, we need to be very aware of the risk of presenting real spiritual experience as a commodity that all Pagans are entitled to. Gnosis and other spiritual experiences must be earned, and then we must have the discernment and self-knowledge to recognize them for what they are. We cannot go into the process with the expectation of reward. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, A Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 9

Anne François Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme - Première Communion (First Communion)

On Patheos Agora, Christopher Scott Thompson concludes his study of the Invocation of the Graces as a Brigidine sacred text with an overview of the virtues and powers granted by this traditional Gaelic charm. [Read more...]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology I

Rumpelstiltskin, Walter Crane [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

People relate to themselves, to the gods, to the cosmos, through the medium of narrative; wielding narrative well is not merely a religious practice, but a magical, political, and social one. [Read more...]


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