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...]

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...]

Devotion to Danu

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If we lived in a polytheist society, honoring a new-to-you deity would be no more difficult than making a fine dinner for a visiting relative you had never met. But since we don’t, this is how I have connected with and honored the Goddess Danu. [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...]

Planning Special Rituals

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Much of what makes a seasonal ritual successful is also important in rituals for special occasions. But there are differences, and creating the best special rituals requires paying close attention to them. [Read more...]

A Rite of Sacrifice

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There are times we approach the Gods with what we’d like to give them, or with what we think they might like. And then there are times when they tell us exactly what they want. [Read more...]


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