Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Strength

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Today we will be continuing with part 3 of our newest series: “Pagan Life Lessons”. The Lore teaches us that the value of “strength” is not simply a matter of shrugging off our problems. I believe that same virtue can help us become better people by teaching us what to DO with our most difficult experiences. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: A Healing Ritual for Chapel Hill and Beyond

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Ground and center and find your stillness before you begin, and remember; small acts of love can have large effects. [Read more...]

Making Light: Aphrodite

​She likes long walks on the beach, fine jewelry, and cockle shells.From Shutterstock.

It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: My Best Superbowl Sunday Ever

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A psychedelic can only act as a catalyst, speeding up a reaction that would have happened anyway given enough time and energy. If you are utterly lost and directionless and take a psychedelic, you will be utterly lost and directionless in a faster and more energetic manner. You have to build the circuit, carve the channel, before you add the energy. [Read more...]

A Pagan Short History of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is not regarded as a particularly Pagan holiday, although some of the ideas and practices around it have their roots in Paganism. In this guest post on the Agora, James Lindenschmidt, a regular contributor on our A Sense of Place blog, shares some information about the history and origins of the holiday. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Heart Leads the Way – The Practice of Loving Kindness

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The universe has an odd way of inviting me to question deeper. As I sat down to write today, the tea bag in my cup of tea offered this wisdom, ” Let your heart speak to other’s hearts.” And I thought to myself, what might it look like if Valentine’s Day got a re-fame. That instead of romantic love, and the pursuit of it, we instead focused our hearts on loving the self. What does your heart say to you and how does it lead the way [Read more...]

Green Tara, The Practice of Releasing Suffering

Green Tara by Erick DuPree

In my chanting practice I serve as Tara’s agent, absorbing the suffering of others and lifting them up to Tara, where she transmutes the suffering and transforms it into blessings. My work with Goddess Tara is truly amazing, because it balances my own suffering and empowers my intuition and empathy. In the devotional chanting, my awareness expands and I can feel the power of the blessings of Tara. I can see her touching the suffering of those whom she has guided me to chant for. I do not always know why, but I always know there is a need. [Read more...]


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