December 16, 2018

In English, Yuletide is synonymous with Christmas time.  However, it has connections to the winter celebrations of Northern Europe including the cultures of the Norse, Scandinavian and Germanic people.  Yuletide customs surrounding the Winter Solstice have also made their way to America and Britain from caroling to the giving of gifts.  The holiday is associated with the darkest night of the year, and the birth of the new Sun.  It is also associated with Mōdraniht, or Mother’s Night the New… Read more

December 12, 2018

When one thinks of rustic winter atmospheres; crackling fires, the fresh scent of pine and rich spices come to mind. Sprigs of Holly, Evergreen Boughs and Mistletoe bring life to the hearth and home. Plants of the Yuletide season have similar characteristics. They are warming and soothing, a balm to the bitter cold. Read more

December 5, 2018

The Witching Way of Hollow Hill is a tome of knowledge on the topic of traditional witchcraft, Old World Paganism, and animistic spiritual beliefs. It is an in-depth exploration of the basic concepts of fate, mysticism, and land-centered magical practices rooted in the beliefs of pre-Christian Europe. Read more

November 27, 2018

“Besom, Stang and Sword,” is a new publication from Weiser Books on a unique path of traditional witchcraft known as Black Tree. It is written by Christoper Orapello and Tara-Love Maguire the hosts of the podcast, “Down at the Crossroads. Read more

November 16, 2018

Pixnio. Stock photo. Searching for Personal Truth Many individuals seem to be seeking out the wisdom of their ancestors, turning towards a more animistic way of operating.  There is wisdom and power in our connection with the Land, and the Blood that flows within us.  While some people feel called to specific pantheons, and are comfortable working with deities to which they have no ancestral connection; others are not called in the same way.  What many of us initially found… Read more

November 9, 2018

Can images of deities be copyrighted? Apparently they can. Many of you have no doubt heard of the lawsuit that is being proposed by The Satanic Temple (TST), over copyrights that have allegedly been infringed upon by Netflix and the creative producers of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  While the likelihood of the entire series being pulled from Netflix is quite small, the claims of copyright infringement that TST has put against creators of the show are legitimate according to… Read more

October 21, 2018

It seems as though different deities and spirits reach out to me at different times throughout the year.  Deities that I have approached and explored in the past speak louder at certain times demanding my attention.  Through an exploration of their myths and mysteries I am able to unearth the messages they are trying to deliver.  In this case it was the goddess Hel/Hela.  During this Hallows tide deities like Hecate, Persephone, Demeter and others are honored.  However, Hel, the… Read more

October 15, 2018

Samhain, the season of the witch, is a time for us to honor the powers that underlie our Craft.  The hidden powers behinds the scenes, guiding our movements and our inspiration.  The Dead guide us; they are present when we weave our magic.  Those who have laid the foundations for our Great Arte, fertilizing our holy ground with their blood.  The Dead are always with us, but this is their time.  The mothers and fathers of our traditions, great witches,… Read more

October 1, 2018

Putting the “I” in W(I)tchcraft Witchcraft is highly individualistic.  Is it more practitioner centered than we give ourselves credit for?  Pagan devotional practices are centered around the gods, and are closely aligned with magical practices, one often being called the other.  However, the actual craft and art of sorcery is a skill unique to the practitioner like any other artform.  This is the individualistic witchcraft that I am talking about.  Of course there are those practices that call upon the… Read more

September 17, 2018

By linking together the astrological significance, mythology, and historical observances surrounding the festivals of Modern Paganism’s Wheel of the Year; one is able to discover deeper insights and intriguing connections linking the esoteric concepts that comprise the unique flavor of each sacred day of observance.  Mabon, despite the modern origins of its nomenclature has significant connections with the ancient myths of Pagan cultures across Europe.  The Autumn Equinox is obviously not an exclusively modern occurrence and despite whether or not… Read more

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