The Scariest Job On Earth

Ok, maybe not the scariest, but it’s on up there in the toll it takes on the well-being of the worker: Pagan blogger. Oh, of all the nightmares and spectres we will tantalize ourselves with over the Halloween weekend, I’d like to float a few ghouls past you to send a chill down your spine. [Read More…]

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Guest Post: Henry Buchy responds to the Feri schism

Editor’s Note: This post is in response to The Sundering of Feri by T. Thorn Coyle. My sister Thorn makes some good points, and very convincing too. I will offer my own ideas of the sundering or schism, because it is similar to the schisms which occurred in Buddhism or Christianity, or even Islam. Yet [Read More…]

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Solstice Series: Pride in Paganism

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in December we will be asking people questions about Paganism and Pagan religions and culture. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! There are a lot of different ways pride is viewed in our communities: pride of self, pride of tribe, pride of [Read More…]

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Initiation variety pack

I was first initiated into a religious tradition when I was twelve years old. I underwent a symbolic death and rebirth, was ritually cleansed, and was recognized as a member of the spiritual family with a celebratory feast. That is to say, I joined the Baptist church. Since then I’ve undergone several more initiations: into [Read More…]

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Black Hearted Innocence (part 7)

“I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” – Walden, Henry David Thoreau “A weasel is wild. Who knows what he thinks? He sleeps [Read More…]

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Feri Pentacles, Iron and Pearl (part 5)

Therefore on his shining shield was shaped now this knot, royally with red gules upon red gold set, this is the pure pentangle as people of learning have taught. –Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (trans. J.R.R. Tolkien) The points of Iron are these: Sex. Self, Passion, Pride, Power, starting at the top and going [Read More…]

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Homegrown Alchemy (Feri part 4)

Understand that you’re not getting rid of anything; no part of you is bad, wrong, broken, or unnecessary. You’re just taking something that had solidified into a pattern that no longer serves you, changing it back into a state that is accessible and fluid, and re-integrating it. [Read more…]

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Dead, Mad, or a Poet (Feri part 3)

“What would give light must endure burning.” – Victor Frankl As I was saying, there’s a historical conflation between witches and fairies. There’s also a long-established relationship between the Otherworld and artists. You could make a case that this relationship goes back as far as our species; one of the things that marked the shift [Read More…]

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Feri, An Apparent Digression (part 2)

Sometimes, when I start talking about F(a)er(i/y), someone will look confused* and ask, “What does that have to do with fairies?” Nothing. Everything. There is historically a conflation between witches and fairies. One of the offenses which could get you burned at the stake back a few hundred years ago was “consorting with fairies;” quite [Read More…]

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In which Our Heroine attempts to explain Feri (part 1)

Feri can look rather Wiccany from a distance but the closer you get the less certain you are likely to be of anything, much less what manner of creatures we are. (We don’t call it “Faery” for nothin’.) Feri is also rather diverse; practices which are important to some lines don’t appear in others, and anything anyone says about the tradition, including me, should be taken with a grain of salt and a shot of whiskey. [Read more…]

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