Samhain’s End

Samhain ended for me sometime near 3:30 am early Sunday Morning on November 4 when I finally drifted off into a fitful few hours of sleep. In past years the Halloween season meant one ritual, trick or treaters, and a giant party. This year the time of All Hallow’s resulted in three rituals, a handful of kids, and several pounds of leftover candy. It wasn’t the best Halloween season I’ve ever had, but it was certainly the best extended Samhain… Read more

Voting is Ours

I feel like posting anything unrelated to the Election would get overlooked, so I’m here to simply say, that if you live in the United States, VOTE! I don’t really care who you vote for, as long as you remain true to yourself. Would I like you to vote for Hillary Clinton? You bet, but how you vote is your business, I’ll be happy just as long as you do it. Voting is one of the great legacies of ancient… Read more

Jesus Seems To Be Whatever People Want Him to Be

Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States and in much of the Western World. Whether or not you want to grow up with Jesus is immaterial, he’s such a part of the landscape that he’s almost impossible to ignore. In the United States Jesus seems to endorse Presidential candidates (Vote Romney for traditional family values!, No wait Jesus loves Obama because he’s more charitable!), and he’s a constant presence in movies, music, and television. All kinds of people… Read more

Dear Halloween, Where Did You Go?

I usually don’t have to write letters to Halloween, but this year I feel like he’s been missing in action. Where are you buddy? Between Hurricane Sandy and the election we need you more than ever! Read more

My True Ghost Story

Have you ever seen a ghost? I have, and not only have I see a ghost with my own eyes, I felt a ghost! While I’m skeptical about a great many things, after my real life ghost story, the spirits are something I completely believe in. Read more

Samhain Ritual & The Goddess of Death

When I can find time to break away from writing “Raise the Horns” I enjoy writing ritual, Samhain is one of my favorites to write. Journey between the worlds in this overly long Samhain Ritual. Read more

The Court And My Pagan Vote

As a Pagan voter there is no bigger issue to me in this year’s Presidential Election than the appointment of Supreme Court Justices. What would an even more rightward leaning Supreme Court mean, and not just for Pagans, but for anyone practicing a minority faith? The chilling consequences are what makes this the number one issue in this year’s election. Read more

The Gods Aren’t Endorsing Anyone For President

I don’t think the gods, any gods, care at all about politics. I don’t care if that god lives near the star Kolob, once resided in the Holy of Holies, or was worshipped on the Acropolis in the Parthenon of Ancient Athens. I just can’t see gods, divine beings with memories that span millennia, getting all worked up over things that would feel like seconds to them. Read more

Honoring The Ancestors (Or Not)

Every Samhain I’m confronted with several rituals that call for “honoring the ancestors,” (or sometimes “honoring our ancestors”). While I understand the reasoning behind it, it bothers me from both a theological and a personal perspective. This doesn’t mean I ignore the “death” aspect of Samhain, just the opposite, I’ve always embraced it utterly, but the people I choose to honor and remember that night aren’t spirits I think of us my “ancestors.” On Samhain I like to honor and… Read more

Writing Samhain

Some hints and tips for writing your Samhain ritual. Read more

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