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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American Paganisms: The Feri Tradition

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Perhaps the most long-lasting and influential American Paganism has been the Feri Tradition, originally articulated by Victor and Cora Anderson. In order to further explore the tradition I sat down recently with current Grandmaster Anaar Niino for a wide ranging talk on the tradition, the Andersons, and the future of Feri. [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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One Does Not Simply Boycott a Sabbat

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One cannot simply boycott a sabbat. Sabbats occur whether you celebrate them or not. [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

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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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On Becoming American: Citizenship as Initiation

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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

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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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Selling Spellwork

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“Selling spellwork” is a part of our heritage. Cunning-folk didn’t give their expertise away for free. Just because you don’t want to buy a spell doesn’t mean the people selling such services are bad Pagans or Witches. [Read more...]

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