Winter Solstice – A Solitary Ritual

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Many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. Here’s a ritual that will help you experience the mystery and wonder of the Winter Solstice in a solitary setting. [Read more...]

Ordeals of Initiation

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An ordeal isn’t just a hard and stressful experience, even if it teaches you something valuable. An ordeal is something that’s hard and stressful for the purpose of testing and transformation. [Read more...]

Counting on a Miracle

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Recognizing a miracle is a beautiful thing. Counting on a miracle is a recipe for failure. [Read more...]

The Gods Laugh

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We made detailed plans and preparations for our Samhain ritual. And then the Gods and ancestors showed up with plans of their own. [Read more...]

Samhain – A Solitary Ritual

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Of all the high days on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is perhaps the most conducive to solitary observances. There’s one thing you can do better by yourself than in a group – listening. And while listening is an appropriate activity at any time, it’s especially important in this season. [Read more...]

A Rite of Herakles

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The story of Herakles is the story of what it means to be human. We are all struggling and fighting to reach our highest potential. Only the details differ. [Read more...]

Lessons From a First Ritual

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I wasn’t ready to lead a public ritual when I was asked to do it for the first time. Desire, reason, and the wisdom of my 9th grade history teacher helped me do it well. [Read more...]

Egyptian Summer Solstice

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While the liturgy of our Egyptian Summer Solstice ritual is our own modern creation, it is inspired by the daily temple rituals of ancient Egypt and it is quite different from our usual Pagan rites. I think the differences are relevant to devotional polytheists regardless of which traditions and which Gods we follow. [Read more...]


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