Full Frontal Magic: Before the Spirit is Summoned

People have many ways to work with spirits, but most people don’t pay attention to the ‘before’ (and in some cases the ‘after’) the ritual. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: The Longest Night and the Mystery of the Incarnation

Every December 21, a NY church holds a “Longest Night” service. Nicholas Laccetti reflects on this year’s in the light of the Winter Solstice and Christmas. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

In preparing for a class, I made a last-minute decision to include a short generic blot at the end. [Read more…]

The Path of She: When Death Arrives On Our Doorstep – A Primer for These Times

In the after-shock of the US election, two visions bring hope and transformation. Death has arrived on our doorstep, and so has rebirth. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The All Gods Event

The All Gods Event is a ritual I created a few years ago when I was involved in a lot of intrafaith work in the Bay Area. I felt then, as I do now, that politics being what it is, it is even more important for us to pull together and support each other, because the upcoming political regime will not. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Hekate’s Hounds: Warders Between Worlds

In ancient times, the goddess Hekate was worshipped as the Leader of the Dogs (Skylakagetis in Greek). Black dogs in particular were sacred to her. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: Ritual for meeting your ancestors in the simple

When something is simple, by virtue of the nature of the simple, it is above hard and easy. Are your rituals simple in this sense, or are they subject to polarity? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Why Effective Ritual Is Important

Ritual facilitation is a professional skill set. If you learn the skills to make it work, and work to train others on your team to do the same, you rituals will get better. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Shaming Pagans – Sincerity Does Not Equal Competence

There was a discussion about John Halstead’s article, Gods Save Us from Bad Pagan Rituals: 10 Signs You’re Half-Assing Your Mabon Ritual, in my local community and it reminded me of a quote from Isaac Bonewits: “Sincerity does not equal competence.” [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: A Song of Death

It shouldn’t surprise me; nobody gets out of here alive, as they say. But death isn’t something I expect, not when meeting and working with people my own age. [Read more…]