Honoring Spiritually Powerful Women: Doreen Valiente (1922-1999)

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When we think of religious leaders, our social conditioning biases towards conjuring up images of venerable bearded gentlemen or charismatic male preachers, but through Goddess spirituality, women come much more to the fore. Doreen Valiente is one of the many powerful women whose work has crafted contemporary Paganism. [Read more...]

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Honoring Spiritually Powerful Women: Jean Williams and Olivia Robertson

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January is the month of the Roman god Janus, god of doors and gateways, of entrances and exits. Even if we celebrate a different date for the beginning of our sacred year, January 1st as the beginning of the secular year is a time when we look forward and back. [Read more...]

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Staying Strong

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Many of us work with the concept of Will – True Will, Magickal Will, Acts of Will. By this we do not mean will to power, or will as another word for ‘want’. We mean finding the true voice within and discerning it form all the babble of competing desires and thoughts, emotions and hopes, fears and fantasies. [Read more...]

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Standing Between the Worlds at Samhain

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To honor Samhain let us live for a day as though it is our last. Let us see dawn and sunset and the beauty of the sky as though we might not see them again. Let us listen to the song of the birds as though they might not sing for us again. Let us live for a day, focused intensely in the absolute reality of the present, as though past and future do not exist. [Read more...]

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Meditating at Harvest In an Interplanetary Age

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What does religion mean to us in this era of ours? Our science fiction and fantasy have taken the place of the folklore and myth of old, but in essence they are same – our human longings to understand how our consciousness came to be, to understand what we can do on our planet, to understand if we can go beyond the confines of our planet, beyond our solar system, can we reach out into the galaxies to find others such as we? [Read more...]

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Lammas, Season of Sacrifice

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If the Gods provide, then people want to thank them, so in all our different ancestral cultures we created rites and ceremonies, actions and words, to honor the Gods who kept us fed and to thank them so they would continue to do so. [Read more...]

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Midsummer Blessings of Belisama

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At Midsummer we invoke Belisama, the Bright One, Lady of Summer. Some say she is the bright golden sunlight; others that she is more fiery, a Lady of Battles and Arrows. We find her in France and we find her in the Milan region of northern Italy, where Celtic tribes came seeking new lands. [Read more...]

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Attending to the Now

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Standing poised between two different influences can be difficult – it is simpler to go with one or the other, but Pagans would not be Pagans if we did not like doing difficult things. [Read more...]

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