Cakes and Wine . . . A Little Bit About Alcohol in History and Ritual

A blog with the title “Raise the (Drinking) Horns” is nearly required by law to talk about alcohol now and again. A little bit on why some of us see alcohol as sacred, and why that view has a long history in Paganisms both ancient and modern. Read more

In Praise of Johnny Appleseed

(This is not meant to be a complete biography of Johnny Appleseed, or even a complete sketch of the man behind the myth, John Chapman. I’m an admirer, not a biographer, so what follows is woefully incomplete. For more information on Johnny Appleseed there are many sources. Last summer I polished off Howard Means’ Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Also thanks to Mitch Horowitz’s Occult America for re-awakening my interest in a… Read more

Reflections on the Autumn Equinox

One thing I truly appreciate about this particular sabbat is that it’s not a “made up” holiday. Many holidays have rather dubious origins, but September celebrations are legitimately old. Read more

Pagan Orthodoxy (and the Wife of Jesus)

What can a piece of papyrus written in Coptic teach us about Modern Paganism? More than you think. Find out why Modern Paganism is growing more “orthodox” even as it becomes more diverse. Read more

Mercury Retrowhat? Oh Astrology . . . . .

You might have missed the announcement a couple of days ago, but Patheos recently launched an Astrology page over on the Spirituality Channel. The launch of the Astrology Page here is well timed personally because it’s a subject that’s been on my mind a lot the last few months. This summer I got into a little tangle (and not the good kind) with a friend and when it was time to put the whole incident to bed (and not in… Read more

Pagan Mistakes

(I have been to a lot of Pagan gatherings and have listened to a large and diverse number of Pagan voices, but the funniest of those voices has undoubtedly been that of Angus McMahan. His annual “Pagan Humor” presentations at the PantheaCon festival are always a highlight, and not just for me, but for hundreds more. In addition to being the funniest Pagan I know, I’m also a big fan of Angus-Land, his always hilarious blog. It’s an honor to… Read more

Precious Pagan Moments

My faith is a constant presence in my life. It guides my beliefs and values and dictates my social calendar. It influences what I read, and it’s obviously on my mind when I sit down to write on this blog. When I look around my house there are reminders of my Paganism everywhere, from the multitude of Horned God statues that adorn the tops of altars and bookshelves to the art on my walls. Like the art on my walls,… Read more

Can Satanists Also Be Pagans?

Can a Satanist also be a Pagan? Maybe? Probably? Absolutely not? What’s certain is that it probably depends on who you are talking to, on both sides of the spectrum. Read more

My Gods Are Strong

“And ye shall go out and proclaimeth my name on all that you see and do, and ye shall write it in every document for I am Pan, the god of all.” From the book of Arcadia 2:9 I’ve always felt that the gods and I were pretty secure in our relationship(s). Despite what’s at the top of this post, Pan does not require me to proclaim his name at all moments of the day, nor does he require that… Read more

The 1899 Ritual: What Would Pagan Ritual Have Looked Like at the end of the 19th Century?

What a would a “Pagan” ritual from 1899 looked like? Taking a few pages from Leyland’s Aradia, Freemasonry, and the Golden Dawn we attempt to find out. Put on your favorite steam-punk costume and prepare for Witch Ritual 1899 style. Read more

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