Degrees, Guilds, and Initiation Into the Wicca

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Within British Traditional Wicca there exists a structure known as the degree system. One’s first degree is initiation, or becoming one of the Wicca. Second and third degree initiates are acknowledged to be more experienced initiates of progressively greater skill, talent, or “power.” But what does it all mean in practice? [Read more...]

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Dear Time Magazine, Witches Are Real!

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Are Witches real? I certainly think so since I’m writing this and self-identify as a Witch. I just wish others were aware that Witches are a part of our society, and a growing one. Fairy tale witches might not exist, but Witchcraft is a real and thriving tradition in the present day. [Read more...]

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Samhain vs. Halloween

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Halloween and Samhain are more than just a day, they are practically a season for many of us. They are also two distinct holidays and offer vastly different experiences. Samhain is not the same thing as Halloween, but I need both of them just the same. [Read more...]

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The Veil & The Dread Lord of Shadows

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Samhain is a time to reunite with those who have gone before, and perhaps visit with He who stands at the gates of the Summerlands, the Dread Lord of Shadows. The veil between the worlds is thin and the souls of our loved ones call out to us. [Read more...]

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Kirk Cameron Doesn’t Get Halloween (But He’s Not the Only One)

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Kirk Cameron doesn’t know a whole lot about Halloween, but that’s not surprising, most people don’t (including those criticizing him). What the blogosphere and Cameron got right and wrong while discussing the history of Halloween. [Read more...]

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In Search of the Mighty Dead

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My Mighty Dead are Craft and Pagan elders who have influenced and shaped my spiritual development. I don’t actively “work” with them, but I honor them, and always a hold place for them in my rites. What better time than Samhain to search for and think about our Mighty Dead? [Read more...]

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Pagan Pilgrimage: Glastonbury

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Glastonbury England has been a religious site for thousands of years. Even before recorded history people came to marvel at the wonders of Glastonbury, and after Britain’s conversion to Christianity it became a center of the new religion. Today it’s a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Pagans, and a whole host of other seekers and believers. Glastonbury is a bit off the beaten path, but very much worth a visit. [Read more...]

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Samhain Past: History, Myth, & Mystery

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Samhain was unquestionably a major holiday in some parts of the Celtic world, but how much do we really know about the holiday? Is there anything we can say with absolute certainty about it? Part of Samhain’s appeal may lie in just how mysterious the original holiday was. [Read more...]

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Samhain Ritual 2014

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At Samhain we celebrate the final harvest and reunite with our beloved dead. This Samhain Ritual is designed for covens and small groups, and includes a “Drawing Down the Sun/God” and an opportunity for the living to feel the souls of those they have lost near them once more. [Read more...]

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Why I Believe in the Supernatural

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Sometimes it feels like “supernatural” is a dirty word. It’s as if believing in anything unexplainable makes me a doubter of science at best, and delusional at worst. However, I’ve just had too many powerful encounters with deity and the unknown to not embrace the world just outside our own. For me, the supernatural is real, and I’ve got the stories that explain why. [Read more...]

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