Gods Save Us from Bad Pagan Rituals: 10 Signs You’re Half-Assing Your Mabon Ritual

Good ritual takes us out of our little isolated egos and expands our souls. You can’t do that on the fly. Your lame quarter calls and your boring Mabon sermon are not going to get people there. It’s better to not do a ritual at all than do a bad ritual. If it gets close to time for your Mabon ritual this year, and you don’t really have time to plan the ritual, and you’re tempted to half-ass it … just don’t. Instead, start planning for your Samhain ritual this year. And make it a kick-ass this time. [Read more…]

Nothing new under the Winter Solstice sun: Christmas as a major sabbat

Christmas (like Hallow’een) is a sublime mix of Christian, pagan, and commercial traditions. And I love it that way. Whether you are Christian, Pagan, or atheist, I say, ‘Embrace it. And make it your own!’ [Read more…]

Mabon, Mabon-Not

Mabon is a terrible name for the Pagan fall equinox. It’s obscure mythologically and only tangentially related to the season. We should choose a name that both fits the season and the Neopagan mythos associated with the date. The year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around. [Read more…]

Family Fall Equinox Ritual (revised)

Introduction The last family ritual we did was at Midsummer.  What is Midsummer?  It’s also called First Fruits.  Do you remember what we did?  Why did we do that? Today is the Fall Equinox.  What is the Equinox? Today is about sacrifice.  And it is about the connection between death and life.  Today is also [Read More…]