Witch on Fire: You Can Lead a Witch to Circle, But You Can’t Make Them Coven

Priestessing means that you aren’t always popular. Some days you play the role of the “bad guy.” That part really sucks. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: A Wiccan Speaks Out About Cults

Is Wicca a cult? Ask your minister, and he’ll probably say yes. Ask a Wiccan and she’ll certainly say no. Neither one will be lying. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Valentine’s Love Spell

As a special Valentine’s Day treat for you, my lovelies, I offer this “Ideal Paramour” Love spell of my own creation, and for kicks, I’ll include my own charm that I once used to spectacular effect. I’ve led many love-spell workshops , and these can be loads of fun to do in a group, so crack open a bottle of vino, and git yer witch on with your friends! Better it be when the moon is full… [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Broom Closets and Bible Belts – 10 Tips For Your Coming Out Party

I’d wager that many of you fine readers have struggled with the problem of being the odd-ball witch or pagan struggling to find acceptance in a family of evangelical, fundie Christians. That is a thing that happens down here in the bible-belt with alarming frequency, especially for young adults just starting out, and can be really challenging. For 15 years, I lied and hid who I really was from my mother, and most of our family, which was both miserable and pitiful. I regret how I handled things. Here are a few tips to consider, should you choose to come out of your broom closet, too. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Hermes Gongs the Cosmic School Bell

Lo! As the first moon of my service waned into darkness, I began my quest, embarking upon a pilgrimage to the sacred crossroads of Pantheacon, flying far from my home, to the distant lands of San Jose, California. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: The Great Work, Holding the Space

As part of my spiritual practice each year I choose an area of study or devotion to which I will dedicate myself for the course of that turning of the wheel. I call this system “The Great Work,” and it begins in the still darkness following Yule when we rest, cease striving, and “hold the space.” [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: A Witch’s Carol: A Tale of Three Hauntings

I hope that my story of this haunting, affirms for you that Spirit is universal, love is eternal, and family bonds trump religious divisiveness. While the world seems to be burning down around us due to religious intolerance, may my Witch’s Carol bring a bit of peace to your families this yuletide season. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: A Thanksgiving Transmutation of Tens

Right on cue, I had what some would call a crises of faith regarding my own material needs. I’m walking the tight rope between a need to pay for the necessities of life and my sacred mission of service. In short, I think about money, or the lack thereof, a lot. Some might think that isn’t enlightened enough to admit publicly. I beg to differ. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Salvation of a Southern Witch

Gather ’round, my lovelies, and let Mama Heron tell you a story, the back-story, a Witch’s Come to Goddess tale…or as they say in the Southern Baptist church, let me !TESTIFY! about my “burning bush” moment, how I was “saved” and accepted my sacred mission to be an agent of Divine Love. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: A Wish Upon Dying

My mother was the holy-rolling, bible-thumping, fundamentalist variety of evangelical Christian and basically the polar opposite from my liberal, feminist, witchy self. I didn’t talk about those things with my mother because I loved her, and I was too chicken to drop the “W” bomb. Even though she drove me absolutely bonkers, I craved her acceptance. Her love was unconditional, but the peace between us was not. [Read more…]