Seeking the Grail: Filling My Cup – A Creativity Exercise


You may not consider yourself a poet, but here’s a simple poetry exercise that you can use as a form of personal work, brainstorming, or just to get your creative engine going. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Digging Deep and Reaching High

a dandelion surrounded by grass

Combining ancient lore, science, chickens, compost, and a smidge of humor, this is the first post from a new voice for for the earth and us on Agora: Dandelion Seeds. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: An Imbolc Offering

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I’ve always been drawn to Brigid, and as my Imbolc celebrations continue, I wanted to share a poem that I’ve written this year as an offering to the goddess of smith-craft and poetry. May the dark season be lifting for you, and may we step with joy into the light. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

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In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 3 – The Grace of Fortune

Clann Bhride

The grace of fortune is not the condition of being lucky, but a lighthearted and graceful acceptance of change and loss, a spirit of gratitude without attachment, a conscious embrace of the fact that fortune always changes and will go on changing. Christopher Scott Thompson presents a prayer and ritual for Brighid that emphasizes the transitory nature of fortune. [Read more...]

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

Clann Bhride

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...]

Loop of Brighid: The Nine Pure Choice Graces, Part 1 – The Grace of Form

Clann Bhride

Bathing the head, feet and hands was once an important part of the Imbolc celebration. The first verse of the “Invocation” refers to a similar practice, bathing the palms and then the face in the lustral fire. The provided ritual is meant to help the practitioner internalize the nine graces. [Read more...]