Building a Summer Solstice Tradition

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There are quite a few Summer Solstice articles on the Patheos Pagan Channel and all the ones I’ve read have been good.  I encourage you to read two or three or all of them and then ask yourself what they have in common, other than the date and perhaps a mention of the sun.  The answer is “not much.” Summer Solstice is perhaps the least well-defined of all the eight celebrations of the Wheel of the Year.  That’s partially because it has no presence in the mainstream culture.  … [Read more...]

Priesthood – A Modern Pagan View

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I’m a Druid and a priest.  I’m ordained as a priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship, and I am sworn as a priest of Cernunnos and a priest of Danu – though not as a priest of Morrigan.  But for all my talk of priesthood, I’ve never precisely said what that means.  As part of my ordination studies, I wrote a 4200 word essay (as long as three typical blog posts) on what priesthood means to me.  That essay is not suitable for posting here (it’s too long and has too many references … [Read more...]

Ancestor Communion Ritual

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I rarely post ritual scripts, but this is a short ritual we did as part of this morning’s Sunday service at Denton UU.  It’s suitable for Pagan groups, UU services, religiously mixed groups, or individuals.  We split it up into five parts, but it could have been done by one person. Feel free to use it – just credit the source. strike gong one time loud “Let us now invite our ancestors to join our service.” light first candle “Fathers, Mothers, Grandfathers, … [Read more...]

A Reasoned Defense of Paganism

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Even in its Big Tent form, Paganism is a distinctly minority religion.  And that’s OK – we’re mostly happy staying under the radar.  We have no divine mandate to convert the world to Paganism, and besides, we’re growing as fast as our infrastructure of groups and teachers can manage. Still, conversion is an issue with Pagans.  Most of us have converted from some other religion, and there is constant pressure from the more vocal religions (some subtle, some not) to abandon our … [Read more...]

Interview With Morpheus Ravenna

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Morpheus Ravenna is a priest, spirit worker, artist, and initiate of the Anderson Feri tradition of Witchcraft. Her primary spiritual practice is her dedication to the Morrígan, a devotional practice of about twenty years. Her interests include folk magical traditions, devotional art, and Celtic heroic spirituality.  She writes the Shieldmaiden Blog and she is known in her community for her service as a priest of the Morrígan, in addition to spearheading the Coru Cathubodua Priesthood. She … [Read more...]

Tending the Altar

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To call yesterday “unproductive” would be an understatement.  I know, it was Saturday, and being productive isn’t a valid goal in and of itself, but there are degrees of unproductivity.  There’s “I was playing and enjoying myself” and there’s “I so needed to rest and do nothing today” and there’s “I didn’t accomplish anything but something about it felt right.” And then there’s sitting at the computer all afternoon, looking at a blank Word document, bouncing back … [Read more...]

Expanding Circles

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Pagan groups are notoriously volatile, in the chemical sense of the word:  they evaporate quickly.  Sometimes they’re volatile in the commonly used sense of the word:  they change rapidly, unpredictably, and for the worse.  Much of this volatility comes from a lack of understanding of what is required to form and maintain a functional and healthy religious group. Good religious groups may evolve organically without any structural planning (or even structural awareness) but like … [Read more...]

Planning Special Rituals

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I’ve always loved ritual.  The opportunity to compose, lead, and participate in ritual is one of my favorite things about being Pagan.  So it’s no surprise I write about ritual a lot – here are some of my favorite pieces: A Pagan Ritual Outline Common Ritual Errors and How to Avoid Them The Challenges of Large Public Rituals Last week I saw a request for help on a child naming ceremony.  Then earlier this week I responded to a Facebook request for suggestions on composing a … [Read more...]


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