The Rantin’ Raven: Westernizing Our Ritual Forms

Here we have a collection of terms and a new ritual, perhaps a new way of thinking about some of our standard practices. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Ten Tips for Running a Big, Festival-Style Ritual

Running big rituals is a lot like being a producer, director, and an actor in a movie: you’re doing it all. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: The Call of the Swan Maidens

The Swan Spirits called to me long ago one Samhain night, and now that has led to my preparations for ritual at one of the largest pagan conventions: Convocation. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Power of Scent

Scent is able to summon up mood immediately. The intense memory response of scent can bring one to a physical, emotional and mental state from before. Used with purpose a witch can plan scents to empower her magic for any number of various goals. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Frithweaving At Yule – A Heathen ADF Ritual For Frigga And Freyr

This year, I had the chance to celebrate Yule in a bigger way than I’ve ever done in the past. I organized an opportunity for the local pagan community to come together to worship as a family in honor of Yule and the Norse deities Frigga and Freyr. Frith was woven; community was served; and the Gods, ancestors and landvaettir were honored. All in all it was a successful ritual, and I’m proud to have helped make it happen. [Read more…]

The Cartomancer: 12 Days of Omens

Maybe you miss your public transport one time too many, and every time it happens, you realize that a man in black is following you. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Pagan Parenting – Terrorism, World Violence and Ritual

Violence that has shredded this world has an uncanny way of effecting children. As parents we have several options open to us. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Pagan Events and Special Needs Children (or Adults)

If we, as modern pagans, want to be truly inclusive in our public rituals then we need to stop thinking that inclusive means crafting the ideal experience for able-bodied, contemplative adults. We need to start thinking of ourselves as the diverse group that we are. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

I have recently started an “Intro to Heathenry” class in my hometown. In preparing for the most recent class, I made a last-minute decision to include a blot at the end. As I passed the horn at the class, I had a realization: This is what it is all about. Asatru is a lived religion, full of interaction with each other and the Honored Ones. If we never move beyond the scholarship and into a practiced religion, what is the point of being Heathen? [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: The Myrtle of Venus & Bacchus’ Vine

In which Anne shares a bit of American history with us related to the original lyrics to the tune we’ve all come to know as the Star Spangled Banner. [Read more…]