Looking for “That Moment”

One of the things that makes “the moments” in Paganism so special is that they often happen when we aren’t looking. I don’t think we get to dictate terms with the divine, which is what makes it so much more special when it chooses to show up. [Read more…]

A Witch’s Guide to Dion Fortune

Dion Fortune wasn’t a Witch or a Wiccan, and she probably didn’t identify as a Pagan either, but she’s still one of the most important and influential figures in the birth of Modern Witchcraft. [Read more…]

Deities Matter

If we are going to put time and energy into creating rituals, we should take at least an equal amount of time and energy determining who we should invite to those rites. The deities we call matter. [Read more…]

Pagan Time Capsule: 1970’s

Were the 1970’s the most important decade in the history of Modern Paganism? Maybe not, but a case can be made that it was the most influential. [Read more…]

Remembering Margot Adler

Margot Adler was not only one of the most important and influential Pagan writers of the last forty years, she was also an extraordinarily great person. She will be missed. [Read more…]

Drawing Down the Moon: Deity in the Circle

During Wiccan-style ritual Pagans interact with deity in several different ways. In my estimation there are three distinct ways we do this: Calling to deity, interacting/feeling the energy of deity in the circle, and drawing down the moon. [Read more…]

Drawing Down the Moon: Personal Reflections

When most of us think about Modern Wiccan Ritual, we tend to think of calling quarters, casting a circle, and inviting deity into the circle. Those are all magickal things in their own right, but to me the most incredible part of ritual is Drawing Down the Moon. How many other faiths let you talk to deity? There’s something incredibly powerful about the idea of being in a room with the Divine, and not just feeling the presence of the divine, but being able to literally talk and interact with the gods. [Read more…]