January 14, 2020

Ceri (Condescending) Radford wrote an article called "I Spent a Week Becoming a Witch and the Results Were Worrying" for the Independent, this is how it should have been written. Read more

November 27, 2019

Giving Thanks In thinking back on giving thanks, I remember speaking to a Brahman friend of mine about devotions. He said that giving thanks is the first act of devotion – thanking the entity or entities in our lives that have made our continued lives possible. When the first offering is made, the first statement should be “Thank you.” They told me this a long time ago and I have never forgotten it. “Thank you”. First Offerings When I get... Read more

November 18, 2019

In a break from my usual Indo-European/Celtic recon programming, I must highlight something I really enjoyed: A well-disciplined Wiccan rite opera performed at Austin pagan pride day. It may not be the first Wiccan opera, but google shows no results for it so I’ll coin it here and now and be the first entry for the phrase. I was highly pleased to witness this rite at our local pagan pride day. I led the closing rite, the pagan student alliance... Read more

November 14, 2019

Meditation is the act of just being while turning your mind toward itself. It's turning the mind toward itself with which people have the most trouble. Read more

November 6, 2019

Milky rill river running, Pouring downward supernal rain, Blessings falling upon my rite, Cleansing only holy remains. Read more

October 31, 2019

I have been fortunate in my travels to attend ADF rites on four continents and in those situations where a different language was spoken, I was still able to understand what was going on by its location within the Core Order. Read more

October 31, 2019

Based on Ancient timing, you can do this rite anytime between now and Martinmas. What do we want out of ritual? This question is wholly important to understanding how to write rituals that work for many people. Just like in the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, there is always a sweet spot. Rituals that are too tedious or too boring fall outside of that. Asking this question is how we target this magical zone of complexity which we... Read more

September 29, 2019

Once upon a time, among the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), there was a practice called the Four Salutations of the Day. You can find this practice still today at http://rdna.info/FourDay.doc. This devotional required the use of a staff and was done at for times a day: dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight, or what they called “stars”. I always loved the idea of this practice, but it wasn’t something I ever undertook. In recent discussions with friends of mine in... Read more

September 11, 2019

At the end of the pagan era, the household spirits seem to have dethroned the universal, public gods. Popular devotion, turning away from Teutates, Heusus, Belen, and several other inhabitants of the Celtic Olympus, preferred to shift its allegiance to local deities, who were less highly placed and therefore more accessible to humans. Read more

September 7, 2019

The beauty of the Core Order is that it suggests an order, but other steps may be added into the structure. The workings section is left open for many possibilities. This is the structure that is used for High Days – for groups and individuals. Read more

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