Shamhat & The Shaman

If we respond to fear-mongering by dropping into fear (collective panic) and using the language of conflict in response, we remain locked into an old polarized pattern, we continue an ancient dance. [Read more…]

Polytheism’s Future

Author’s note: this is based on the remarks I prepared for the plenary panel at Many Gods West 2016.  While not all of what is in here was read off in discussion, partially because I prefer to adapt and adjust my thoughts when speaking publicly but also due to simple nervousness, this is a summation [Read More…]

What Was Your First Pagan Book?

What was your first Pagan book and how big of an effect did it have on you? We asked our writers here at Patheos Pagan that very question and got some surprising answers. [Read more…]

Celebrating the First Harvest: Patheos Pagan Writers on Lammas

Patheos Pagan Writers share their thoughts on Lammas, the first harvest. [Read more…]

Solar Deities Throughout History

For as long as humans have existed on this Earth, their various civilizations have developed religious beliefs surrounding the importance of the Sun. [Read more…]

Self Love and Polyamory

My path to being polyamorous started before I knew it had. If I am honest with myself and all of my past relationships and lovers, polyamory is something I always needed yet never had a term for. [Read more…]

On Inclusive Practice

The following is the transcript of a speech given by the author at the Berkeley Pagan Alliance Festival on May 7th, 2016. Some of you have heard the work that I’ve done on antiracism and antifascism in the Heathen community and the Pagan community.  Instead of talking about what we work against I think it [Read More…]

Hedge Crossing & Spirit Flight

Hedge-Crossing, Hedge-Riding, Wind-Riding, and Myrk-Walking; these are just some of the terms for Spirit Flight. It is a journey you take in Spirit form or in the Dream World in which we meet at the Witches Sabbath or join with our Fetch Beast in the making of magic. [Read more…]

Exploring Pagan Discernment

Discernment is the process of evaluating things for spiritual direction and understanding and of being willing to look critically at the experiences you have. [Read more…]

Finding Druid Deities

When we began the work of establishing spiritual connections with the land we quickly realized that we needed to gain an understanding of the spiritual character of our people. The work and discussions that followed culminated in a night of trance and divinatory work reaching out for a God to come forward to stand as our divine ancestor, a father to stand with us in a sacred marriage to the land.
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