Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven Can Be Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Family Covens openly accept: We may not know. We do not have to know. We are not all things to all members, nor should we be. Like a family, Family Covens understand when the coven is out of its depth and requires outside assistance. No adult child ever expects their parents to be perfect, and Family Covens apply that same logic to traditions, elders, and pagan leaders. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Doers and the Don’ters

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The most important element in Pagan leadership is willingness to stand up in the field. But some people seem determined to be lawnmowers. Sable Aradia discusses how to recognize them and what to do about them. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: New Tools, New Ways

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Sitting in mindfulness, walking in mindfulness, eating in mindfulness, it all helped me to remember how I could relax my body and calm my mind, sans substances. I was able to meet my anxiety and other emotions, give a polite nod, and know that within and beyond it all, I really, actually am whole and safe and beloved. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Divine Wisdom, Mortal Filters

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When we ask the gods to speak through us and give us their wisdom, how much of what is said is from them, and how much comes from us? And how do we know the difference? Sable Aradia speculates. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Happy Anniversary Patheos!

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Sable Aradia looks back at her Patheos Pagan experience in celebration of Patheos’ 5th Year Anniversary. [Read more...]

The Dance of Pagan Recovery: “Just one won’t hurt!”

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I was having a conversation with someone yesterday at our community Beltane ritual about that tricky thing that happens to us as we get further along in our recovery process… you know, when you start questioning whether you actually ARE an addict or alcoholic? When you remember the innocent pleasure of just that ONE glass of wine, or brownie, or bump? Maybe we could engage in those behaviors in a normal way. Oh, the beautiful maybe! [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven – Blood Is Not Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Part of my struggle is knowing that how I frame my involvements with family, covens, and Family Covens taints how I experience and then describe the energy of those groups. What I delineate as “family” is inexorably linked with parents who consistently abused me. For me, “families” are not units where you go to be safe, nurtured, or unconditionally loved [Read more...]


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