The Nature on the Inside by Cecily Joy Willowe

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by Cecily Joy WilloweIf you are a Wiccan or a Ecospirituality type there is this expectation that the majority of your rituals will be outside. There is this idea that rituals indoors are somehow off and unfitting of Wiccan-like folks. However, I will admit, without apology, that I do the vast majority of my rituals at home in my spare bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the type of Wiccan who never leaves home and uses mostly plastic or artificial tools. I have a plant on my altar so … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Honoring Troublesome Ancestors by Cecily Joy Williams, M.Div.

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Honoring Troublesome Ancestors Post by Cecily Joy Williams, M.Div.Last year, when I learned of my father’s passing, I went into spirals of confusion and shock.  Due to complex family issues, I was not able to go to the funeral and have my last goodbyes. Without any closure, it was obvious what I had to do when Samhain came around a few months later. I was not in the mood for the happy Wiccan Halloween costumes and fall celebrations. I used Samhain as a time to mourn. I dedicated my whole ri … [Read more...]

It’s In the Blood


by Porsha Williams I was conversing lightly with my 'male bestie' earlier this week, while watching his DVR'd first episode of “Sleepy Hollow” on NBC.  As avid sci-fi and fantasy fans, we found ourselves immediately sucked into the lushness of this show.  Within the set of scenes that came after the commercial break, we both mutually chuckled at the scene where the African-American Police Lieutenant gave the 'evil eye' to the resurrected soldier Icabod Crane. In that scene, Icabod marvels that n … [Read more...]

The Mystery School of Motherhood and The Principle of Correspondence

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By Dava Greely “Just as knowledge of the principles of geometry enables a man to measure distant suns and other movements while seated in his observatory, so a knowledge of The Principle of Correspondence enables Man to reason intelligently from the known to the unknown. Studying the monad, he understands the archangel.” - The Kybalion***WARNING: KINDA T.M.I.*** One day my daughter, then the precocious age of four, barged her way into the bathroom as I was changing my pad...ahem...sanitary … [Read more...]

A Few Thoughts on Aging and Paganism


by Clio AjanaLately, I  have been thinking of what happens when we age. I watch my mother, her gait slowed by arthritis and the effects of a life ravaged by urban living and the urgency of our modern times. She is Christian. She can find any place she wishes in a variety of Christian denominations, should she wish to enjoy assisted living or even a nursing home in a Christian-positive religious setting.  Yet, when my time comes, as I know it will, where will I go? As a witch, as a pagan, … [Read more...]

200 Words: Patheos Blogger Challenge by Porsha Williams

I am a Kemetic because I don’t feel the fire of creation through anything else other than Kemeticism.Creation – the essence and the spark of life. The beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega; where ideas go to live and die at the whim of the madman or madwoman creating them.Creation IS religion; creation IS chaos. Creation is magick, creation is exaltation AND abomination. Even though I’m making up phrases & quotes as I go; you cannot have pleasure w/out pain. You cannot have l … [Read more...]

Stepping Out of the Broom Closet and Gliding Across Boundaries

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by Dava GreelyHe was waddling by on his way into the sculpture museum when he spotted me sitting to the side, almost hidden away from the traffic of people that constantly passed by. Somehow, I caught his attention, and he diverted from his route to approach me. Apparently, I was so engrossed in my book that he felt compelled to come over and ask just what had drawn me in that deep. I barely heard him when he spoke. “What are you reading there?,” he said, with a curious enthusiasm.I sna … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Year and a Day Journey


By Dava Greely I started my Year And A Day journey precisely on January 1st 2012. So on this day, January 2nd 2013, this leg of my spiritual journey comes to a beautiful finish.The last year of my life has been the harshest, most terrifying adventure I’ve ever been on. But, in the midst of it, I have grown so much stronger, wiser, and more beautiful. Through walking in complete faith with the God and Goddess, I have been given the tools to live the life I truly desire in my heart of hearts, … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The Seasonal Celebrations Continue: A Pagan’s Tribute to Additional Cultural Holy Days

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By Yvonne NievesAs an eclectic pagan of a mixed ethnic background, I have always celebrated extensive (but very enjoyable) winter holidays. My ‘holy days,’ as I like to call them, begin with Solstice on December 21st, followed by celebrating Christmas with my family, then Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. Here, I’d like to share with you about the latter two. Kwanzaa As if the Twelve Days of Christmas wasn’t enough, for years now I’ve incorporated this newer African American celebr … [Read more...]

Guest Post: I Know What You Did Last Solstice


    By Yvonne Esther NievesFor those of you who follow paganism, you know that Winter Solstice not only marks the first official day of the winter season, but it also rings in Yule, the original Christmas. Last year during the solstice, I took the time to do my own short ritual. In front of my Yule altar, I wrote down a list of things that I wanted to banish from my life, including bad habits, negative sentiments, and financial woes. On another page, I wro … [Read more...]