Archives for October 2012

Samhain Journey

There’s a lot going on tonight. There’s handing out candy to trick or treaters and walking your own trick or treaters around the neighborhood. There’s remembering our beloved dead and honoring our ancestors. There’s celebrating the end of Summer and letting go of the things that no longer serve our True Will. It’s a time [Read More…]


Most of my dreams fall into the category of routine sorting and filing – my subconscious grabs onto something from the waking day and reprocesses it. On rare occasions my dreams are prophetic. I can’t tell you how I know they’re prophetic, but when I have them there’s no doubt what they mean and what [Read More…]

Politics, Magic and Your True Will

“If you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.” I can’t find the original source for that quote – it could have come from the left or from the right. With the election less than two weeks away there’s a lot of outrage in the air. And while I am not a conspiracy theorist (the world [Read More…]


Why do Pagans gather in circles? Why do we cast circles? What does the circle mean? In the wake of yesterday’s post on a circle that didn’t work out very well, I’d like to explore an area of Pagan practice that many do but few understand. Gathering in circles. Circles are a very efficient shape [Read More…]

The Challenges of Large Public Rituals

Teo Bishop has a new blog post titled “I Felt Ashamed At Pagan Pride.” He went to the Denver Pagan Pride celebration in a large downtown park. The main ritual was Wiccanish and as such it included a circle casting – which had the effect of excluding the public. Go read the essay and at [Read More…]

News and Notes

The Patheos Pagan Channel is getting thin. There have been several Pagan defections from Patheos lately. First Managing Editor Star Foster, then Jason Pitzl-Waters, then Teo Bishop. No one has made any complaints of bias or discrimination. But some bloggers are uncomfortable being associated with the ads Patheos runs and prefer to build their own [Read More…]

Why I Am Spiritual and Religious

There’s a new Pew Research study out on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated or nones – as in “none of the above.” The numbers are ominous for organized religions in general (though perhaps optimistic for liberal religions) and they’ve initiated analysis from all over the religious spectrum. They’ve also spawned another round of essays [Read More…]

Celtic Heritage

One of the ways we learn about our gods, goddesses and ancestors is through their stories. For those of us following a Celtic path this presents a difficulty. The Celts kept an oral tradition and none of their stories were written down until well into the Christian era. Few of the original texts and none [Read More…]