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. So grab some popcorn, dim the lights and snuggle up in your blankie as I reveal the scariest things about being a Pagan blogger.Why Being A Pagan Blogger Is ScaryObviously, as a Pagan blogger, you are a … [Read more...]

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 this division, this sundering is in no way about claiming a one true way, that one approach to Feri is the only correct one. It's more about demonstrating that there is another approach … [Read more...]

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 ancestry, pride of country. What place does pride have in your spirituality? Candice McBride responds: Speaking as an American, we don't have a great deal of history or mythology to fall … [Read more...]

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 a Taoist temple, by the Gods, into Feri, and when defending my MFA thesis. They vary in details, but the same elements tend to be there in various combinations: a ritual … [Read more...]

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 in his underground den, his tail draped over his nose." -"Living Like Weasels" by Annie DillardSo, what happens when you get your souls all aligned, you clear out your hangups with the Iron Pentacle, and generally get … [Read more...]

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 clockwise. Consider each of them in turn; if you like, stand up and feel each of them in your body, Sex at your head, Self at your right hand, and so on.Sex the primal creative power … [Read more...]

Homegrown Alchemy (Feri part 4)

Roses are planted where thorns grow, And on the barren heath Sing the honey bees. --”The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” William BlakeI don't intend to to try to teach the tradition here. There's a limit to how much you can do based on written words, whether on a page or on a screen. However, this version of one of the core practices will serve to demonstrate an underlying principle.Some people call this “making kala;” T. Thorn Coyle calls it “the water rite.” I sometimes call it “the water tr … [Read more...]

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

“What would give light must endure burning.” - Victor FranklAs 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 to modern humans was a sudden outpouring of art. The cave paintings of Europe are one example of a world-wide phenomenon. That art also was originally sha … [Read more...]

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 often the women (and men, but it was more often women who were actually tried and convicted) under questioning would describe encounters with the “Queen of El … [Read more...]

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

I said I was going to.  The trouble is...well, you'll see.A few facts to confuse the issue:  Feri, also known as Faery, (NOT Fairy Wicca, fairy faith, or Radical Faeries, though we are perfectly willing to go to their parties) was founded in its current form by Victor Anderson; he in turn was taught, according to him, by a group of people known as the Harpy Coven, who were a group of economic refugees from Tennessee and Kentucky who moved to Oregon during the Depression.  Feri is mentioned in p … [Read more...]