The Rantin’ Raven: Wicca Was the Tantra of the West

Photograph of the Author, Dana Corby, likely by Jo Carson (used with permission)

I’m old enough to remember what the Craft was like ‘in the day.’ It was highly sexual. Many rituals included Great Rite in true, and it was practically de rigueur to fuck your Witch friends. And while most of the coven leaders I met were married, few (the times being what they were) were exclusively monogamous. Few people now recall that one of the original descriptions of the Craft was ‘the Tantra of the West’ but that’s exactly what it was. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: The Perfect Couple – Ideal or Illusion?

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The Goddess, alone in the universe She had created, felt a need to be companion-ed, mirrored, partnered. So She divided Herself to create that partner, and the God was born…. [Read more...]

Making Light: Aphrodite

​She likes long walks on the beach, fine jewelry, and cockle shells.From Shutterstock.

It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: The Season of Sex

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Lust is a holy thing and satisfaction is a gift, but Beltane can still be tricky for those in recovery. How do those of us who learned to dance and kiss and make love while under the influence navigate the powerful energies of the season? [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Of Sex and Druids

Satan Watching the Caresses of Adam and Eve by William Blake. Detail. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

Before I start, let me point out this post is not going to be X-rated. Relationship is at the heart of Druidry. Now, aside from relationship with land, ancestors, spirit and all the other esoteric options out there, this also means we have every encouragement to think about relationships with each other. Generally speaking, paganism [Read More...]


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