Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 2 – The Fiery Water

Marie Spartali-Stillman, By a Clear Well with a Little Field (1883)

The practice of making pilgrimages to holy wells is so ancient it is probably pre-Celtic in origin, but many of the traditional holy wells in the British Isles are now dedicated to St. Brighid. Central to the concept of the healing well is the image of sunlight reflected in water- the power of heaven and the power of the underworld combined in one, Sea and Sky united in the Land. [Read more...]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

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Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Introvert, Extrovert, Druid

The Introvert B3, by h.koppdelaney

I am an applause-hungry extrovert who craves attention whilst holding a deep need for regular periods of solitude and silence. I am both extroverted and introverted — a Druid with one foot in each world. [Read more...]

Making Light: A Dionysia Yet to Be Named

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Rather than looking at the Athenian calendar and trying to reproduce the holiday that comes up, my group decided to do what it was already called to do and then find a name for it. There’s often already an ancient name for what we want to do anyway. In this case, it was Lenaia: a theater-centered Dionysia around January/February. [Read more...]

How Sexual Was Your Beltane?

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Many of us in Pagandom participate in several groups/circles/covens etc. My preference has always been to be a part of a small, intimate group (sometimes a full-fledged “coven,” sometimes not) along with a larger, more open circle. The small group becomes my place for serious work and instruction, and hopefully lives up to the idea [Read More...]

Druid Thoughts: Beltain Without Ritual

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Beltain has been and gone. I didn’t celebrate this year in any obvious sense. I’m finding the seasons hard to get to grips with at the moment. In February it was hot enough, in the south west of England, for me to get sunburn. Then we had rain. I’ve always associated Beltain with the coming [Read More...]

Family Traditions: Ascent of the Goddess

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Last month, my ritual partner and I held my coven’s Ostara sabbat. As ever, holding a sabbat is an exhausting process, but a wonderfully gratifying one. One reason I remain in love with Wicca is the creativity of ritual. The framework remains the same – the casting of the circle, the invoking of the elements, [Read More...]


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