When Wicca is Not Wicca

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Just because something includes the word “Wicca” on its marquee doesn’t mean it’s truly Wiccan. Wicca might be beyond simple definitions at this point, but those who truly practice it and keep true its highest ideals generally have a lot in common. [Read more...]

Reconnecting With Your Spiritual Side

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There are times when I feel really connected to my spirituality, and then there are those other times when it feels especially far away. It’s nearly impossible to feel spiritual all the time, but when it all seems so very far away there are a few (mostly) easy things you can do to reconnect. [Read more...]

The Non-Adept’s Guide to Robert Cochrane

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Robert Cochrane was a witch active in the early 1960′s until his untimely death in 1966. Though he has a rather limited written legacy he has had a huge influence on Modern Witchcraft in the decades since his passing. This is not the definitive account of Cochrane and his work, but does provide a good starting point. Cochrane left us nearly fifty years ago, but his work lives on. [Read more...]

The Best of Raise the Horns 2014

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Over 100 blog posts at Raise the Horns this year! Hundreds of thousands of visitors! A look back at some of our best moments along with some insight into the world of Pagan blogging. It’s the best of Raise the Horns 2014! [Read more...]

Pagan Things Made By Pagans For Pagans

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Instead of hitting the big box stores this holiday season, how about supporting Pagan and Pagan-friendly artisans and entrepreneurs? From soap to jewelry to edibles we’ve got you covered this Yuletide! It’s the perfect shopping list if your coven plays Secret Befana! [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Dear Time Magazine, Witches Are Real!

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Are Witches real? I certainly think so since I’m writing this and self-identify as a Witch. I just wish others were aware that Witches are a part of our society, and a growing one. Fairy tale witches might not exist, but Witchcraft is a real and thriving tradition in the present day. [Read more...]


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