Paganism: A Tribe or Tribes?

Some Pagan festivals feel like a gathering of the tribes, while others feel more like a gathering of “the” tribe. My weekend in Detroit for the ConVocation festival made me feel like part of a giant, diverse, and welcoming community. [Read more…]

Endings and Beginnings

Earlier this week I accepted the job of “channel editor” here at Patheos Pagan. I’m both excited and a little terrified, but I’m still looking forward to the journey. [Read more…]

Finding the Common Ground at PantheaCon

Over the last few years I’ve tried to express the idea that our differences are often much smaller in person than they appear to be online. I found that to be the case numerous times at the PantheaCon festival this past weekend. There is just no substitute for direct and personal engagement with people.
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Pagan Festivals and the .25%

Two million Pagans in the United States, and 5000 of them might get to a February/March festival in the United States. That’s only .25% of American Paganism and yet talk of PantheaCon and other festivals will dominate the Pagan corners of the internet over the next few weeks. It’s not fair, but I understand why it happens. [Read more…]

Maybe I Don’t Need a Temple

It’s rarely articulated online, but what if I don’t want or need a Pagan Temple or Community Center? Do such ideas really mesh with my own spiritual practice? Should I tell the kids to get off my lawn? I find the idea of shared Pagan spaces interesting, but I’m not sure how much I would utilize one. [Read more…]

To Stand or to Sit in Ritual

Should one sit or stand during ritual? Does it make a difference? Is one superior to another? What’s your preference? You’ll want to be sitting while reading this, or perhaps standing up if that’s your preference. [Read more…]

Imbolc Ritual 2015

Imbolc offers many reasons to celebrate. This year my coven is using it to bless new candles for our Temple space and to celebrate the return of the light. We also use it as an opportunity to once again welcome the goddess Brighid to our rites and to her rightful place in our hearts and sacred space. [Read more…]

The Right and Wrong of Imbolc

February 2 is a busy day on the calendar. Many Modern Pagans celebrate it as Imbolc, and in the Catholic Church it’s traditionally known as Candlemas. Throughout the United States millions see it as Groundhog Day. That these holidays are all celebrated on February 2 is no coincidence, though that does not mean they are necessarily related. [Read more…]

When Wicca is Not Wicca

Just because something includes the word “Wicca” on its marquee doesn’t mean it’s truly Wiccan. Wicca might be beyond simple definitions at this point, but those who truly practice it and keep true its highest ideals generally have a lot in common. [Read more…]

Reconnecting With Your Spiritual Side

There are times when I feel really connected to my spirituality, and then there are those other times when it feels especially far away. It’s nearly impossible to feel spiritual all the time, but when it all seems so very far away there are a few (mostly) easy things you can do to reconnect. [Read more…]