Because We Believe?

I was chatting with my High Priest yesterday about how there is no one true Paganism, and why it is trad Craft practices the way it does. I hit on an idea in that conversation I'd like to expand on, and I'd love reader feedback on it because it may be a bit controversial and I may put my foot in my mouth trying to unpack the idea. All Pagan traditions practice differently. Some are stricter than others regarding practice. The tradition I am studying and practicing is a very strict form of … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: What makes someone Wiccan?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! What makes someone Wiccan? Dedication? Initiation? Practice? Belief? (Any responses should be assumed to be individual opinions and not representative of traditions or covens unless otherwise stated.) Joseph D. Carriker, Jr. (Alexandrian trad.) responds: It is initiation that makes one of the Wica, immersion in … [Read more...]

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

“Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.” --Terry Prachett 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? The answers are, in order, 1) … [Read more...]