A Meditation for Imbolc and Charming of the Plough

Poet T.S. Elliot called April the cruelest month, but I’ve always thought February fits that appellation far more thoroughly and resolutely. I detest this month, though I have to admit that it wasn’t always so.  My adopted mom died in February though and since then everything, from the snow and ice, to Valentine’s day decorations, [Read More…]

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A Meditation for Yule

Yule is one of my favorite holidays. Perhaps this is simply because it’s so commonly associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt within Heathenry and I love Odin dearly. Perhaps it is because I treasure the dark time of winter, the emotions evoked by the decorations and festivities of this time, and the sense of [Read More…]

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Do The Gods Really Talk To Us?

Patheos’ What Do I Really Believe series wants to know if we hear messages from all that is Divine? What do you think? P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and K.C. Hulsman are among the Pagan responses on the main page but several other Pagans responded to the question. “Highway to Hel” columnist Galina Krasskova writes: Ah, [Read More…]

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Pantheon Book Club: The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Christopher Knowles

Music and religion go hand in hand. Maybe it’s on a dance floor, moving to syncopated drums around a campfire or locked in your room transported by the sounds flowing from your headphones. At some point, you’ve probably had a religious experience that was fueled by music. No genre has exemplified the ecstatic power of [Read More…]

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A Samhain Dream

A very close friend of mine once shared a beautiful dream that she had, a dream that we both felt was more than just an ordinary one. She was an immensely devout devotee of Loki.  He was her sustenance, the witness to her life, her God, her Lord, her deepest love. Throughout her life, He [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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Lir’s Cloak: The Obscuring That Reveals

In Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth’s Faeries Oracle there is a card for a faery called Sylvanius who bears the Mask That Reveals. He tells us that sometimes things must be hidden before the truth can be revealed. It’s an interesting bit of wisdom. As I look out my bedroom window the mountains in the [Read More…]

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A Brush with Boundary

“Lâ ilâha illallâh, wa Muḥammadur rasûlullâh.” The young hijabi woman said the words again in English, and I looked down the terraced auditorium desks to stare at the blank wall behind her. She said, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” She was a convert to Islam. The Muslim [Read More…]

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Litha

A bunny bounded from my path, flashing his white tail at me a few times. Then he sat under some brambles very still, head turned over his shoulder and ears cocked, to see if I was fooled. I wasn’t, but I didn’t let him know. I think seeing a rabbit on Midsummer morning must mean good luck. [Read more…]

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Practical Theology, Part One: In which I wander blithely from hard science to far-out mysticism

Every so often someone asks me, with varying degrees of politeness, how I can believe in that witchcraft magicky Goddess stuff. How do I know it’s real? And don’t I worry that having Gods talk to me means I’m crazy? [Read more…]

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