Witch on Fire: Hermes Gongs the Cosmic School Bell

Lo! As the first moon of my service waned into darkness, I began my quest, embarking upon a pilgrimage to the sacred crossroads of Pantheacon, flying far from my home, to the distant lands of San Jose, California. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Witchcraft and the Grimoire Tradition

A grimoire is a magical book with rituals for contacting spirits, spells, divination and associated lore. Magic books and witches have a long traditional association. In folklore and witch trial records we read that the Man in Black presented to new witches at their first sabbat ritual a big book in which to sign their names. There are any number of famous Black Books, books of planets, and medieval grimoires mentioned in witch trial records and wise-folk trial pamphlets, news articles, folk song and lore. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Managing Multiple Deity Relationships

All relationships can be complicated, and human to divine relationships are no different. Deepening a spirituality and developing my practice requires that we think through the relationships that we cultivate. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Three Simple Words That Can Change Everything: Life is Good

Life is good. This is true now and has always been true. These three simple words, when made the center of our worldview, can change everything. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Apples And Oranges Of Heathen Spirituality – Lore or Experience?

Something that has been coming up a lot for me in my personal musings on spirituality this past year is the disconnect between theory and practice: what one thinks, in theory, a deity should or shouldn’t be doing, and what it is that deity actually does. Scholarship vs. individual experience–who will win?

Answer: If this becomes an either/or battle, no one does. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: The Baltic and Slavic Earth Mother

Learn about the traditions of the Baltic and Slavic earth mother goddesses, including the history of our knowledge of her, folk traditions and new ways to connect with her including a song. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: What We Pass On

My two and a half year old son was sitting in my lap the other morning when he grabbed my hand and started tracing the lines on my palm. Only half joking I asked him if he was going to read palms like his great-grandfather, and he agreed enthusiastically and made a game of inventing stories for each line. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Breaking and Ending

There’s a moment in any relationship that I dread. I can feel it there on the horizon, like a itch just under my skin. At first, any relationship is great because we’re meeting one another, getting to know each other, finding our points of connection and commonality, and there’s such a joy in that. It’s that amazing shivery rush of, “I’m not alone out there,” and, “Wow! You get me!” But that only lasts until things become real. That only lasts until we discover that we’re more different than we thought. Or that moment when I make a mistake and hurt the other person. or that moment where the other person says a thoughtless thing. [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Why Can’t I F@^%!&G Meditate?

Over and over, I hear people talk about how they can’t meditate. They confess that whatever they do, they cannot still the voice(s) in their heads. It’s become one of those things that people think they should be able to do, but never quite get around to doing. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Stiffening Resolve

This means only saying words to myself that I intend to be true. No use promising a metaphorical trip to the zoo each weekend if that is factually impossible. It is likely, being well-adjusted people, we have forgiven our parents and others we trusted for shattering this innocence of belief as children. “They’re only human,” we learn to say. “No one can be perfect all the time…” [Read more…]


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