What’s New on Patheos Pagan (July 2014)

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New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Quaker Pagans, urban Pagan homesteading, Traditional Witchcraft, Zen Paganism, socially responsible magic, queer Pagan issues and radical inclusion, Jewish witchcraft, ecstatic Goddess monism. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: The Witch in the Prayer Shawl – The Power of Sacred Garments

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One of my very first decisions as a teenage Witch was that robes–at least, the quality of robes I could make myself or afford to buy–weren’t for me. Yet it never felt quite right to do ritual in my street clothes. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject – Teaching Sex Magick (Part One)

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Sex magick and sacred sexuality are a traditional part of the Craft, but there are many social and ethical issues around their teaching and practice. In this series, Sable Aradia suggests ideas and solutions for including sacred sexuality in Craft practice. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

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In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [Read more...]

How a Jewish Witch is Formed

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I finally let myself return to Witchcraft after I gave birth to my daughter. But there were aspects of Jewish practice that I didn’t want to leave behind. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Teaching Wiccan Values

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What are the values that Wiccans believe in? Where do they come from, and how do we impart these values to our students? Sable Aradia offers some ideas and suggestions. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Witchcraft Today – 60 Years On

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Sixty years ago, Gerald Gardner unleashed Witchcraft Today, bringing the idea of witchcraft into public awareness and replacing fairy tale clichés with a vibrant, modern, and living tradition. Gardner’s status as a semi-mythic figure to those of us who are younger–a ground breaker, a person whose story outlives his mortal life, and who seems destined to be a legend–is worthy of note. [Read more...]


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