Intertwined: Paganism & Christianity

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Modern Paganism has grown up in the shadow of Christianity, and Christianity grew up in the shadows of the numerous paganisms that existed in the first few centuries of the Common Era. Paganism and Christianity share holidays and sometimes even beliefs. There’s an inter-connectedness to these two very different streams of thought that may never go away. [Read more...]

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Pagan Pilgrimage: Stonehenge

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Since elementary school I’ve been intrigued by the magic and mystery of Stonehenge. On my recent visit to the United Kingdom visiting Stonehenge was a priority, and an awe-inspiring moment of Pagan pilgrimage. [Read more...]

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A Sacrifice at Samhain

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In the Autumn many of us celebrate and lament the sacrifice of the Horned God. He dies so the Wheel can turn once more, but what’s it like to walk in the steps of the Horned One during such an experience? [Read more...]

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Degrees, Guilds, and Initiations: Third Degree

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Once a candidate is brought to second or third degree, a period of further learning follows, no matter how well-prepared and how apt the candidate may be. Every BTW coven is autonomous, independent, and a law unto itself. This autonomy means that the newly minted third degree witch—theoretically—springs forth fully formed with lore and wisdom at the ready. In practice, any new coven leader consults with her mentors while “finding her feet.” [Read more...]

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Degrees, Guilds, and Initiation: Second Degree

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Whether an initiate has been once or thrice round the Wheel of the Year and its sabbat cycle, elevation to the second degree brings many responsibilities and connections. First and foremost, second-degree elevation connects an initiate to the current of energy specific to initiatory Wicca. [Read more...]

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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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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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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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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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