The Witch & The World Cup

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This year’s World Cup may not matter to a lot of Modern Pagans, but it abounds with interesting subplots. Corruption, greed, curses, Witch Doctors . . . . . and a very large nation with a whole lot of our Pagan brothers and sisters is hosting the most watched event in the world. [Read more...]

Solitary Rituals: The Witch Alone

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In coven situations I’m good with rituals. The rites of both my tradition and my house-coven have very specific ways of doing things; in both groups I’m very much following a specific “system of rites.” When alone I certainly perform “ceremonial actions,” but I tend not to think of spontaneous one-off events as ritual. [Read more...]

Solitary, Coven, and Circle Rituals

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What kind of ritual are you doing? Who is your audience? There are several different kinds of ritual, and all of them require different approaches. [Read more...]

10 Important Women in Goddess Spirituality

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In many ways the “heart” of Modern Paganism lies within the Goddess movement. Here are ten pioneers who worked tirelessly for the rights of women and to re-establish the Great Goddess in modern society. [Read more...]

10 Important Nineteenth Century Occultists & Magicians

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The Nineteenth Century was a hotbed of occult activity and many of those individuals left a lasting mark on both the occult and Modern Paganism. From tarot cards to Spiritualism to sex magic the Nineteenth Century had a little bit of everything. [Read more...]

Making Magic: The Process

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What makes for good spell work? What steps are essential and what steps are superfluous? Everyone does magic differently, but these are what I consider the most essential steps. [Read more...]

Witches Toolbox: Athame

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The athame might be the most recognizable tool in the Modern Witch’s Toolbox. It’s a unique instrument and has a long and distinguished history. Read about the origins of the athame and how the author found just the perfect blade after twenty years of searching. [Read more...]

A Pagan on Patheos

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Patheos is five years old, so let’s celebrate by looking back at a few horned and horny classics. It’s time for the “Best of Raise the Horns,” and don’t worry, it’s a pretty short list. [Read more...]

Beltane Ritual 2014

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Beltane is the most joyous of holidays, but it’s also a great time to remind ourselves about our responsibility to the Earth. Celebrate the start of summer, but while celebrating, remember to give a little something of yourself to our Universal Mother too! [Read more...]

Writing Beltane

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Beltane is a joyous time of year to be a Pagan, but the sabbat its self is a difficult one to write. There are many things associated with Beltane certainly worth celebrating, but expressing those in a clear and positive way during ritual can be challenging. [Read more...]


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