A Witch’s Open House

Richard Dadd-"Come unto These Yellow Sands" from WikiMedia.

My coven is generally “closed;” to ritualize with us one has to be a member of our family. However, we do have “open houses” a few times a year for varying reasons. [Read more...]

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Mabon/Autumn Equinox Ritual 2015

Christian Eduard Böttcher-"Setting Out For the Grape Harvest."  From WikiMedia.

This Autumn celebrate what you have to give your community and say a little prayer for those of us living in the drought-stricken Western United States. A ritual for sharing and for rain! [Read more...]

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Does Authenticity Matter? (The Necronomicon and Other Magical Books)

The Flammarion engraving (1888) , From WikiMedia.

Is it possible for some things to be both real and hoaxes at the same time? Just how much do origins and authenticity matter? [Read more...]

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You Don’t Have to Be Initiated To Be a Wiccan

"Witches Round the Cauldron" by Daniel Gardner.  From WikiMedia

Does one have to be an initiate to be a Wiccan? Words evolve and definitions change, and there is no better example of that change than the word “Wicca.” [Read more...]

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The Blessings of Autumn

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I don’t know if Pagandom has a “favorite season,” but most of my friends seem to love Fall the best. In the Autumn I feel the turn of the Wheel more keenly than at other times of the year, and there always just seems to be an excitement in the air this time of year that’s absent from other seasons. [Read more...]

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When They Hate What You Love

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Sometimes people hate what you love, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However there’s no need to ridicule the things we don’t like or don’t understand. [Read more...]

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The Tenacity of Living Things

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Sometimes the wild things don’t just exist in the forest, they can be found in our own front yards. [Read more...]

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Deities Matter

"Hylas and the Nymphs" by John William Waterhouse.  From WikiMedia.

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...]

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I Don’t Like the Word “Woo.”

"The Sorceress" by Georges Merle, from WikiMedia.

Many Pagan/Magical folk use the word “woo” to describe supernatural or occult experiences. But some of us just don’t like the word and it was originally meant to be insulting. [Read more...]

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When Someone Leaves Paganism

"Constantine's Conversion" by Peter Paul Rubens, from WikiMedia.

When a friend leaves the Pagan Path we should generally be supportive and act like the friend we say we are. It also provides a good opportunity to look inward and see if we are truly living up to what we claim to believe in. [Read more...]

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