Sex and the Single Witch

I no longer need a lover to believe in me because I believe in myself. I don’t need a date to go to social events because I am an interesting person in my own right. I don’t need a breadwinner because I bring home my own bacon. Yes, sexual relationships are holy, but I don’t need a lover to know I am holy in my own right. [Read more...]

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Sexuality Among Pagans

Our Public Square topic on Patheos is is Sexuality. There’s an old joke that no matter how lofty a Pagan discussion begins, it always ends talking about food and sex! We’re a sensual, earthy people and sex is an important energy for all living things. Please check out the articles above and the upcoming blog [Read More...]

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The Dilemma of Alex Mar or How Long Shall We Be Afraid?

I am on pins and needles waiting for a chance to see Alex Mar’s documentary “American Mystic”. It features Native American, Spiritualist and Pagan mystics searching for the divine. It looks absolutely fabulous and will most certainly be a film I will have to add to my collection. If you haven’t yet heard about it [Read More...]

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Sacred Endings

Candle lit, incense wafting, salt blessed and anointed in oil I step into the bath. Herbal flowers scent the water and steam rises languorously. I meditate on things I’ve put behind me, things in my past, and bid them to stay there. I want room for fresh beginnings and don’t desire to be visited by [Read More...]

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Small Miracles

We tend to think of miracles as being Big. Huge. Gigantic. Something on the scale of King Kong climbing the Empire State building. Often we tend to discount the small miracles that change our lives in quiet, solid ways. In Jan of 2004 I was unhappily married, I’d quit my fast-food job and was having [Read More...]

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Patheos Pagan “TV”

I hope you’re enjoying the Oak and Holly blog, but as you sit sipping your tea, coffee, wine or Mtn Dew take a gander at our video playlist on the bottom right of the Pagan Portal page. We’ve updated it with some goodies. Not only do we have a vlog on Religious Literacy that complements [Read More...]

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Addicted to “Big Love”

Let’s face it: there’s a scavenger element to modern Paganism. I mean, there have been syncretists before but Modern Pagans outstripped them 30 years ago.  Sure, we’re respectful, sincere, caring, and a whole boatload of lovely, honorable things, but we’re addicted to religion like Courtney Love’s addicted to being a hot mess. I’m no exception. [Read More...]

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It Is Risen: The Joy Of Life!

All of Christendom is celebrating Easter and as a Pagan I’m delighting in all the confectionery fertility symbols: eggs, bunnies, lambs and chicks. In the two weeks since Ostara the energy, vitality and promise of Spring continues to wax fat and sassy. Lawns that have lain dormant are thick and peppered with dandelions and little [Read More...]

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Mystery in Music

Pagans recognize both the mysteries of the spirit and of the mundane, natural world. Childbirth, sunrises, vine-ripe tomatoes, slimy snails and voices lifted in song are all mysteries worth our attention. Music is our ship and we often sail into mystery with a song in our sails. Here’s a few songs by Pagan or spiritual [Read More...]

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Law of Attraction: A Witch’s View of New Thought

In the past few years two films promoting New Thought, or the Law of Attraction, have gained quite a following. “The Secret” and “What the Bleep Do We Know?” put basic New Thought principles into a snazzy new package for the 21st century. The ideas they promote are the power of positive thinking, the detriment [Read More...]

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