Relying On Faith

I need to start this post with this note before getting on with the topic at hand. When I wrote about realizing that traditional Witchcraft was a Mystery Tradition and not a religion, I received a lot of positive feedback from trad folk. It was an odd thing, because they seemed to not understand I [Read More…]

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13 Reasons I’m Glad Bristol Palin Is At Patheos

You may be aware that Bristol Palin is writing for Patheos. You likely have an opinion regarding it. I’ve gotten a few of your opinions, some rather strongly worded. I’ve had a range of opinions myself on the subject, but once the idea soaked in, I was fine with it. Here’s why: 13. She’s A [Read More…]

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Fitting Tributes: The Passing of Lord Athanor

Pagans having two names can have some amusing consequences. How often do you tend to know someone’s mundane name or magical name, but not both? You know who Nightfire is but swear you’ve never met Michael, not knowing they are the same person. I recently had an experience like that. Lord Athanor is one of [Read More…]

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The Magic of Smoke and Flame

I don’t write about spells or magic very often. Rarely, truth be told. I do practice these things though. Every day it’s likely I have candles, incense or both burning. I light, I murmur incantations, I salute and I invoke. I think that my words, my intent and energy will be carried by the smoke [Read More…]

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Re-Interpreting “Worship” in Witchcraft

An interesting conversation came out of my post on belief yesterday and I’d like to briefly touch on it. It’s nothing new that many Witches adamantly deny that the Gods are to be worshipped but rather they are equals, allies, friends or even tools. I don’t agree with this but I do get a bit [Read More…]

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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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Regarding the War on Halloween

I’ve been joking about writing a piece on “the War on Halloween” for a few weeks now, because from a Pagan perspective it’s such an absurd topic. Yet the more I joked the more it seemed a good idea. You see, the truth is, Halloween is a secular holiday. It doesn’t belong to any religion. [Read More…]

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Traditional Witchcraft on the Internet

I get some weird messages online. Sometimes it’s the worst kind of gossip attributing disgusting and malicious acts to people who would surely be in prison if such things were true. Sometimes it’s people offering to be my secret occult advisor or who claim special knowledge because they own Gerald Gardner’s old chamber pot. Those [Read More…]

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Why Initiation Made Me Love Solitary Wicca

Some of the shock and bewilderment have passed, I’m eating solid foods and life is sort-of back to normal. Some folks wanted me to unpack my experience a bit, and I’ve had some interesting insights that I can share, so here goes: Even if my initiation wasn’t oathbound, I still really couldn’t tell you about [Read More…]

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Let me tell you all about it…

Or not. See, I thought I could at least unpack my feelings regarding initiation without revealing anything oathbound, but I can’t see any way to do that. Not in any useful fashion. But I can tell you a few useful things. You will likely be disappointed. Initiation is not for the faint of heart or [Read More…]

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