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…]

Why I’m Boycotting Lughnasadh

This weekend, I suggest we forget everything we think we know about Lughnasadh or Lammas. Instead of treading that well-worn path, let’s forget about Celtic myths from long ago and the agricultural customs of 18th century English peasants. Forget even the words “Lughnasadh” or “Lammas”. Instead, go outside. Look. Listen. Breathe in and breathe out. Bend down and touch the earth. And then ask what the world is telling you. [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…]