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

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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...]

13 Things You Don’t Need to Know About the Triple Goddess (but are kind of interesting)

1. Gerald Gardner did not worship the Triple Goddess. Gerald Gardner, the father of Wicca, did not mention a Triple Goddess in his “Book of Shadows”.  Nor does Gardner mention a Triple Goddess in Witchcraft Today, which was published in 1954.  He does mention a Triple Goddess in his book, The Meaning of Witchcraft, published in [Read More...]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 3: Will the real Triple Goddess please stand up?

No symbol is more ubiquitous in Neo-Pagan and Wiccan culture than that of the Triple Moon Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Many Pagans will already be aware the Triple Goddess was the creation of Robert Graves. However, our knowledge of the ancient origins upon which Graves drew was incomplete, until now. [Read more...]

I miss you already Margot

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None of the recent deaths of prominent Pagans has struck me so hard as the death of Margot Adler. Here are some reflections on her life, and Margot’s own words on what death meant to her. [Read more...]

The Allergic Pagan at Play: “wild” nature as soul food

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Even while I sat at home scratching my poison ivy, I never once regretted the trip to the woods. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I wondered what it was about this experience that that I find so satisfying. The vistas were beautiful. We saw some fascinating rock formations. And I loved climbing on the rocks. But it was more than that. I just loved being in the woods. Before the trip, I felt a profound longing to get into the woods again. While we were there, I felt like I was right where I needed to be. And when we left, I felt really satisfied, kind of like like I had eaten a really good meal, but in a spiritual sense. [Read more...]

Five ritualists I’d like to invite to dinner, Part 3: Jason Mankey

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This is the third in a series in which I showcase some of the best ritualists I have met (in no particular order). Over the years I have especially enjoyed reading Jason Mankey’s posts about ritual. He has a good mix of nitty-gritty practical advice and big picture thinking. Here are some examples of Jason’s wisdom that have helped me in writing rituals. [Read more...]


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