Spear to Cauldron, Lance to Grail

"The Damsel of the Sanct Grael" or "Holy Grail" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1874)

The Grail quest is a journey within, to the True Self, the hidden centre of our being; but that is not the end of the story. The sacred marriage of Cauldron and Spear at Midsummer also marries the king to the land, symbolizing willingness to serve others and the wider world. Midsummer is a time to affirm our dedication to spiritual quest, not to attain something but to become something. [Read more...]

Open the Door, the Door that Has No Key

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What then is the mystery of the circle? The circle is a space in which everyone can see everyone else. There is no place to hide. The secret is that it is not a place of secrets, but a place of transparency and revelation. [Read more...]

Wicca and the Spiritual Quest

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All spiritual traditions recognize that there are times when it appears that the Gods have turned their backs on us. The Divine link that we may have sensed within us and within our rituals disappears. But then, when there seems there is no way forward, something happens — we go back to the beginning. [Read more...]

Creativity, Art and the Art Magickal

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini (1609–1681), Allegory of Painting, detail

Art and magick, imagination and invocation, are creative acts that define us as humans. Our creative imagination is the origin of science and technology, of art and music, of all that makes us who and what we are. We seek to emulate nature, but we also seek breakthroughs into other states of consciousness that seem to take us beyond the universe as we know it through the physical senses. [Read more...]

Silver Anniversary – Wicca: The Old Religion in the New Age

Wicca by Vivianne Crowley, 3rd ed.

Reflections on the silver anniversary of Vivianne Crowley’s book, Wicca. Is Wicca the last flowering of the Age of Pisces, a romantic longing for a vanishing mystical past? Or is it a natural religion for a post-modern age; one in which the feminine, individuality, difference, personal autonomy and authority, acceptance of the body and its needs, and a willingness to accept different interpretations of the Divine sit comfortably side by side? [Read more...]

‘The woods have gone away… we are lonely by moonlight’

Paul Signac: The Pine, Saint Tropez, 1892-1893

The natural world is essential for human well-being – physical, psychological and spiritual. Newer sciences such as ecopsychology recognize what Paganism has long accepted – that our psyches are deeply connected to and affected by the world of nature. [Read more...]

Reclaiming Christmas: Let’s Party Like Pagans

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Yuletide is truly Pagan, in the sense that it celebrates warmth, food, and also the ecstatic. Solstice has long been a time of spiritual renewal and religious celebration; but also a time to drink, dance, make music and love; when all acts of love and pleasure are truly Her rituals. [Read more...]

Let My Worship Be Within the Heart that Rejoices

The Starry Night, 1889 - Vincent van Gogh

All Pagan paths emphasize the importance of enjoying life on earth and life in the body. This month, we celebrate joy, compassion, and the life of Olivia Robertson, founder of the Fellowship of Isis. [Read more...]


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