Witch on Fire: A Thanksgiving Transmutation of Tens

The tens cards of the Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris / Photo by Heron Michelle

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

Heron and her Larger-Than-Strictly-Neccessary, Jack-the-Fabulous-Lantern, ready to welcome friends to her Halloween Party

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...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Not That Kind Of Witch

A candle in a cauldron with burning incense between the words "Unappologetic Practitioner of Traditional Witchcraft"

We really gain nothing as a community, even a very loosely based and held together community, by judging and excluding each other for our differences. Our diversity should be a strength, not a weakness. [Read more...]

Witch on Fire: A Wish Upon Dying

Heron and her daughter at Sondra's grave / Heron Michelle

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...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Samhain Meditation

"The Philosopher" by Rembrandt.  From WikiMedia.

“Lord Herne,” you whisper, “and all you spirits of the Dead, I drink to you!” [Read more...]

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...]

Witch on Fire: Samhain-tides – From the Poison of Death We Distill the Antidotes for Living

death tarot banner

It is Samhain-tides again, the final harvest; a time of acceptance that death comes for everyone in it’s own correct time. In reverence we embrace the sacred dark. Yet, in mirthful paradox, we affirm the deliciousness of life, staring death in the eye, raising our glasses to toast that today we LIVE, and live large to honor our beloved dead. [Read more...]