The Book of Shadows in Print: A History

We tend to take published rituals for granted today. Between websites, e-books, and bookstores there are probably hundreds of different “Books of Shadows” available for perusal and personal use. But that’s a modern development, and it took nearly twenty years from the Craft first going public for easily available ritual books and BoS’s to become available. In many ways these early books brought the BoS out of the shadows and into the light, though they were not without controversy. [Read more…]

An American in Britain: Doreen Valiente Pilgrimage

An exhibition in Doreen Valiente’s Brighton England featuring some of her ritual tools and a copy of Gerald Gardner’s Book of Shadows !?!?! Yes please! We had to go. [Read more…]

The Witch’s Guide to Doreen Valiente

Doreen Valiente is known as “The Mother of Modern Witchcraft” and that’s no exaggeration. [Read more…]

The Charge of the Goddess: A History

A couple of weeks ago I somehow ended up in a discussion about The Charge of the Goddess on social media. I think the argument was about “who wrote the Charge?” a question which is more complex than most people realize.

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1960’s

Some of the books, music, movies, and more that helped define the Paganism of the 1960’s. It’s part two of the seven part Pagan Time Capsule series! [Read more…]

Finding the Mystery

The word “mystery” has been associated with Modern Paganism from the very beginning. Wicca began as a “mystery tradition” but there’s more to mystery than initiations. “Mystery” is the life breath of Modern Pagan ritual, it’s what transforms us and brings us closer to our gods, our world, and those we love. [Read more…]

The Rede of the Wicca

Where did the Wiccan Rede come from? Is it genuinely old or a product of the 1950’s? Raise the Horns traces the history of the Rede, versions long and short, and argues that parts of it might be genuinely old. [Read more…]

25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism (Top 5)

There have been many contributors to Modern Paganism over the last 200 years, but who are the biggest contributors? In the the third and final installment of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism” we look at the five pioneers who made the biggest marks. [Read more…]