Making Light: Hephaestos


Bury everything I’ve made and very little of my industry will survive a thousand years to be studied by archaeologists apart from a little bit of pottery. I’m a textiles person and a painter. But here we have a guy who works with metal and gears who gets it. While that’s not my art, I have a very deep appreciation for the minds of makers in all the arts. Athene is software; Hephaestos is hardware. When both function together, they are more than the sum of their parts. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Sacrifice

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How can we focus on our life goals when life itself seems bound and determined to prevent us from ever having time to devote to them? It’s easy to lose sight of our hopes and dreams when our schedules seem to be overflowing with distractions. [Read more...]

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


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 One – The Shema

Under big green tree. Image by djgis via Shutterstock.

It’s funny–whenever my practice begins to falter, whenever I get tied up in how to please this deity or how to work that spell, it’s science that helps me center myself. The Tree of Life and the breathing Earth. The race of electrons and the swirl of galaxies. These things are my declaration. My Shema. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Ecstatic Monism – All Goddess…

Goddess Pattern

I am an ecstatic monist, and I know there are many like me who are something like “spiritual but not religious” and not quite Wiccan, who are not Neo Goddess Feminist but are living in the lap of the Great Mother. Like me, these men and women are “all Goddess all the time” and are Alone In Her Presence. For us, the ecstatic monist Goddess is the immanent vessel that dwells within each of us and that is us, She that is the totality of everything and nothing. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

Heather O'Brien

If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

Heather O'Brien

There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more...]