Intellectualism and Pagan Pedagogy

The following started out as a comment to be made on Star’s Nov. 9th post, “Elitism: The Intellectual Path in Paganism.” Because what I was writing grew and grew into a pretty wide-ranging little article, I thought I’d go ahead and publish it as its own blog post. So, the references to “you” below are to the author of the original post! Enjoy.. . .Interesting thoughts! I must admit that I’m pretty confused, though, since it seems that you’re seeking a few things which, to me, seem at odds wit … [Read more...]

The Definition of ‘Pagan’: Monotheism and Polytheism

This summer, I have spent more time doing pagan things – attending festivals and events, teaching and attending workshops, crafting and performing rituals – than at any other point in my life. During these experiences, I have come to believe that one of the largest issues facing paganism today is one of definition: Who are the pagans, exactly? Various answers to this question have been put forward over the years, many of which conflict and confuse, and none of which are adequate in my opinion. To … [Read more...]

The Future of British Traditional Wicca

I was born in 1981, as was my high priest. One of my coveners was born in 1990. As Generation Y witches, we look at the world very differently from our elders. We came to the craft long after Gardner's claims of prehistoric knowledge had been debunked, after many of the craft texts had been sourced to Leland, Crowley, and Valiente. We make no apologies for the fact that the craft we practice is thoroughly modern.There is very little written material about the craft reflects what we actually … [Read more...]

How to Find a Coven

Witches can't proselytize. We know that the path of witchcraft is not for everyone, and we like it that way. We are much more selective than most religions. Many coven leaders hold all coven events in their own homes, so they are understandably picky about whom to accept for training.Each witch in my tradition has had to seek out a coven to train with. During this phase of a witch's life, he or she is called a seeker. I was a seeker for over three years before I found a coven to train … [Read more...]

Gardnerian Initiation and The Matrix

The Matrix is a metaphor I use frequently to talk about Gardnerian Initiation. There are three important parallels between the two: proactive choice despite ignorance of the outcome, trust in the team that is bringing you through to the other side, and an inability to unlearn or unremember that experience.Preparing a person for initiation is a difficult task. By definition, there's no possible way to prove to someone that the Matrix exists without taking them out of it. Likewise, initiation … [Read more...]

Did Oathbreaking Lead To The Dark Ages?

History is written by the victors. This we all know well, yet there is a portion of our history that I don't hear Pagans talk about a lot. The fall of the Roman Empire is generally seen as a failure of Paganism and Pagan culture. The "fact" of Paganism collapsing under it's own decadence has been repeated so often that it would be surprising to hear it contradicted. Yet if you put on your "Pagan glasses" and look at the situation from a religious perspective, it actually appears to be a pretty … [Read more...]

Pagan Light Bulb Jokes!

I will take a break from my Feritribe because I was totally inspired by Julie Maldonado's post to share these with you. You'll thank me later.I made some of them up, which probably says a lot about me, but some of them I didn't and if you are one of the people who originated these jokes please let me know because I will give you credit and also buy you a beer. Unless you're a Druid, in which case I will get you a light bulb first because I am short.That remark will seem funnier in a … [Read more...]