Witch on Fire: Beltane Lovers – Once you Go Witch You’ll Never Switch

This is MODERN witchcraft, where we strip off the mask of the obvious, and glory in the rich, chocolatey layers of occult mystery that peel away all labels and norms to bite down to the sweet, cream-filled, cherry center of this Beltane bonbon. [Read more…]

The Witches Next Door: The Introvert and the Extrovert get Married

Yes, I am an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I hide away from taking on public roles, stepping into the center stage, or putting myself out there. [Read more…]

A Pagan Short History of Valentine’s Day

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…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part One)

I’ve been there: standing at a Samhain altar, about to priestess for my community for the very first time, when we were told that Jodi, a sweet woman who was always smiling, was not late; she was dead by her own hand, and just that morning. Statistically, Pagans are more likely to experience many of the risk factors for suicide than the average population. Learn about the symptoms and causes of depression and what to do if you or a loved one is suffering. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Terribly Important Pagans

Why as Pagans are we so keen to mimic the political structures and power bases of other religions? Why are we so excited by titles, and so keen to pin them to ourselves? [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Doers and the Don’ters

The most important element in Pagan leadership is willingness to stand up in the field. But some people seem determined to be lawnmowers. Sable Aradia discusses how to recognize them and what to do about them. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Happy Anniversary Patheos!

Sable Aradia looks back at her Patheos Pagan experience in celebration of Patheos’ 5th Year Anniversary. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 2 – The Grace of Voice

The second of the nine “pure choice graces” is the grace of voice. While the grace of voice could refer to ordinary speech, Brighid’s association with poetry makes it especially appropriate to cultivate this grace through singing aloud in a pleasant tone. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Why Free Events Discriminate Against the Pagan Poor

Why charging a small fee for events and workshops is actually of benefit to Pagans who are less wealthy than others, and how important community effort is for the greater good of the group. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Wicca Has No Gurus, Only Teachers

We often expect our spiritual teachers to be perfect. Sable Aradia explains that teachers of the Craft usually aren’t, and why this is a good thing. [Read more…]


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