The Zen Pagan: “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?”

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A friend inquired, “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?” Which is a pretty good question, and one that I’m still figuring out the answer to. I don’t have a liturgy, but I do have some principles–some preferences–and I’d like to share five of them with you today. [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...]

The Busy Witch: Winter Wind-Down

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I’ve realized that, even as the darkness pushes me inside myself, if I take the time to properly honor the season, I can do better than just survive in winter; I can begin to heal, to rest and restore, in preparation for a thriving new year. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Conjuring Words

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If we acknowledge that “magic is the art of changing consciousness at will”, something I hold very dear, then it stands to reason that the act of shaping a world out of symbols on a page is a magical act. Art is magic, and magic is art, and this month, I’m recommitting myself to both.

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Jewish Witch: Fasting, Shamanism, and the Otherworld

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It’s well-documented that fasting is a tool in the shaman’s toolbox. It fosters altered states. It induces visions. With that in mind, I decided to make my Yom Kippur fast this year an explicitly magical practice. [Read more...]

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

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Continuing her series on depression and suicide, Sable Aradia discusses some uniquely Pagan coping tools as complementary therapies. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part 2 – The Work

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My devotionals consist of my declaration to the Goddess, followed by devotionals to the deities I’m working with, then a hello to the fey folk and ancestors and spirits of the land, a lovingkindness chant, and finally a few moments of silent meditation. The latter three always feel pretty straightforward. But the deity devotions tend to give me trouble. [Read more...]


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