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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Why I’m Still a Wiccan Witch (And a Pagan, For Now)

Jusepe deRibera, "Hecate, Procession to a Witch's Sabbath" from Wikipedia.

In my twenty-one years of Paganism I’ve used three different words to describe myself: Wiccan, Witch, and Pagan. Out of the three I like Witch the most these days but my love for all three words has waxed and waned over the years. Instead of looking at just where I’m at today, I thought I’d look at the evolution of those words in my life and experience. [Read more...]

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Buying Pagan Stuff: A Guide For Those Trying to Do (Mostly) the Right Thing

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Finding the middle ground between “Capitalist Witch Destroyer of Rain Forests” and “I Made It All On My Own Out of 100% Recycled Organic Materials” is challenging, but I think it can be done. It’s all about prioritizing what’s most important and making sure you still have money to pay the rent. [Read more...]

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4 Things I Sometimes Envy In Other Faith Traditions

Interfaith Dialogue by Crystal Eye Studio.  Courtesy of Shuterstock.

I’ve been a Pagan for over twenty years now and over that period of time I’ve never had any desire to leave my faith. However, there are times when I look to other faiths with an envious eye. Even when someone practices differently than I do, it’s still possible to learn from them. [Read more...]

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Why I Call Myself a Polytheist

King Oenomaus, Hippodamia, and the Olympian gods.  From Wikipedia.

I’ve always thought of myself as a practitioner of Wicca and a polytheist. I think deity is real and that it can and does interact with us. [Read more...]

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On Becoming American: Citizenship as Initiation

HARRIS.news (2013) American flag. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:American-flag-2a.jpg

Here in the Pagan community, we speak of “Initiations” with a mixture of awe and proprietary-ness – as if we were the ones who invented them. If we did, it is only in the broadest sense of “pagans” and only in the most mythological of ways.
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Uppercase Paganism

Muses on a Roman sarcophagus, photo by Jastrow, from WikiMedia.

What to capitalize in Paganism has long been a tricky and confusing subject, and how people approach capitalizing words such as Pagan, Witch, and gods is often a very personal thing. [Read more...]

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Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Thomas Wiler Dewing-"Summer" (1890).  From WikiMedia Commons.

Lots of ideas to help plan your Midsummer ritual or gathering. The Summer Solstice is full of mythology and lore that makes for effective ritual. [Read more...]

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Not Fakelore: The Witchcraft Revival

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So was Gerald Gardner initiated into a coven of Witches in 1939? Even if he wasn’t, could there be some truth in the story anyways? [Read more...]

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Unbroken Traditions, Or, How the Death of Traditional Wicca Is A Myth

“A Visit to the Witch” by Edward Frederick Brewtnall, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Is Traditional Wicca dying? That most certainly depends on who you ask. [Read more...]

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