Happily Heathen: Offerings For The Gods – Part One – The Vanir

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As a practicing Heathen, a key cornerstone of my spiritual practice is the offering of gifts. The Havamal has a lot to say about gift giving and fostering reciprocal relationships. Though in the Havamal Odin focuses more on building relationships between humans, I think the same advice can be applied equally well to our relationships with the Gods. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Is Heathenry Incomplete?


Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! A recent article by Dagulf Loptson called “What is Heathenry Missing?” addressed a topic I’ve been hearing a lot recently in online Heathen circles. Dagulf expressed a common complaint that Heathenry lacks any kind of unbroken chain of tradition. He [Read More...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: My American Imbolc

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Imbolc is a pretty big holiday for my family and one of the most involved. It’s also my oldest daughter’s favorite, not only because she has a special devotion to Bríd, but because it’s the holiday that gives her the biggest role to play. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Celebrations of Fire and Ice

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Of all the festivals of the Pagan year, Imbolc, February 2, is the most complex, the most mystical. Like the other three “Cross Quarter” days (Beltain, Lammas and Samhain), Imbolc is a festival of fire, but the fires it kindles are not quite of this world. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: A Writer’s Rendezvous

Photograph courtesy of Anne Duthers; Hat courtesy of her father-in-law.

I sit now, in a wooden desk chair with arms. An old green “Quiet Riter” typewriter sits upon the wooden desk before me. The desk drawer is open beside me with a fresh stack of paper, waiting. A small waste can, the circular file, sits waiting, patiently for my next frustrated toss of another crumpled page. I can smell the paper, and the carbon behind it – because, why not keep a copy for myself? Now, that’s old school. [Read more...]

The Cartomancer: Courting the Self

Jean Noblet Marseille Tarot, 1650, as reconstructed by Jean-Michel Flornoy (Photo: Camelia Elias)

The court cards are not us. The court cards are agents helping us or blocking us from achieving what we want. They can counsel us, sell us down the river, talk about us behind our backs, or stab us. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: Hermes Gongs the Cosmic School Bell

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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...]