Gateway Goddess: Imbolc – Feeding the Hunger of New Lives with Milk and Fire

Brigid_at_Imbolc_by_Kittenpants

I’ve been told Imbolc is derived from the Celtic words for “in the belly,” or “the quickening.” And, I’m reminded this year of the idiom that combines those two images of Imbolc into “fire in the belly.” Fire in the belly–desire, drive, the will to achieve. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Sacred Stillness

SSC Yoga with Eoin Finn by lululemon athletica, 2011

There are countless physical benefits that come with a regular exercise practice like yoga, but for me, my weekly class isn’t about shaping up and slimming down. Yoga is a communal expression of my spirituality, and it provides me the opportunity to deepen my relationship with Goddess, myself, and the ever-expanding Universe. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Finding a Teacher

Tools of the Craft

How does the seeker find a good teacher of the Craft? A new column from Sable Aradia, Wiccan minister and teacher. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 1

Devotional mysticism is based on yearning for the divine.

Part 1 of a series on devotional mysticism in Brigidine paganism. Devotional mysticism focuses as intensely as possible on the presence of the beloved deity, so that the passionate love of the deity carries the worshiper through to the mystical experience on a wave of ecstatic joy. [Read more...]

Making Light: How we voted Imbolc off the Island (and aren’t even sorry)

Tree In Fog At Night by Petr Kratochvil

Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we notice that the days have gotten longer. Because the light and temperature are beginning to increase, it’s as good a place as any to mark the end of Hyperborea and Apollo’s return to the Temple. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Making Time for Magic

Magical Stone

As Pagans, we’re at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to making time to worship. Most of us don’t have any routine structures of worship in place. While this can be frustrating, it also allows us a lot of freedom. We can craft a devotional schedule that suits our lives and our own individualized practice. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: What Is Brigidine Paganism?

Brighid's Cross

Brighid is one of the most beloved and widely-venerated deities in the entire world, and the worship or veneration of Brighid in one of Her many forms seems to cross all boundaries of culture, language and religious tradition. [Read more...]


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