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  • Bad Time To Be Young

    The Gods Are Bored
    Anne Johnson
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    I hate to say how long ago I was young, so I won't. Things weren't great for young people then. But as far as learning stuff in a taxpayer-funded building was concerned, it was okay.Not so these days.I'm going to do some counting here:September -- 3 to 4 daysOctober -- 2 daysMarch -- 3 daysApril -- 4 daysMay -- 2 daysThat's 15 days this year that young people I am closely associated with will be taking ass --- es --- ments. These are not mere queries from me on topics the young people have recently delved into. These are standard +  ized t and e and s and t and…
  • Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Heather Greene
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than our team can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up. We begin with two updates on stories previously reported: A Georgia State House Committee completely tabled the pending SB129 “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill. The unexpected action reportedly killed the bill’s chances of enactment for the foreseeable future. This was the bill that prompted a public response from the Aquarian Tabernacle…
  • Buzz Coil: March 2015

    Medusa Coils
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There has been a hiatus in Buzz Coil due to what is probably carpal tunnel syndrome. I'm hoping to start the Buzz Coils again regularly. I will be doing links only to the blogs' homepages (not the individual posts) because I can't do the links well using voice recognition software. Thank you for your understanding. A Crone Speaks Out:  Rev. Cathryn Plantine's February 6 post, "The Future of
  • Correspondences for Saturday

    PaganNews.com Featured Content.
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Light Black candles. Burn incense of Peperwort, assodilious, black poppy seed. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, and is a good day to work with duties, responsibilities, protection, finding families, works of magic, buildings, meditation, life, doctrines.
  • AAR Annual Meeting - V

    Broomstick Chronicles
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    PachamamaNovember 2014San Diego, CADay Three:  SundayPassed on these alluring sessions:*     Religion and Roots of Climate Change Skepticism – not a problem amongst any Pagans I’m aware of.  This panel was comprised of “a Christian evangelical climate scientist; a professor of modern Jewish philosophy and rabbinical thought; an historian of science specializing in debates about climate change; and an evangelical leader in the ‘creation care’ movement.*     Religion and Politics Section: “Contraception, Corporations, and Conscience: Evolving…
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    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.

  • Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

    Heather Greene
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than our team can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up. We begin with two updates on stories previously reported: A Georgia State House Committee completely tabled the pending SB129 “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill. The unexpected action reportedly killed the bill’s chances of enactment for the foreseeable future. This was the bill that prompted a public response from the Aquarian Tabernacle…
  • Column: Thoughts on Settlement and Place

    Alley Valkyrie
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    “The trees and the grass have spirits. Whatever one of such growth may be destroyed by some good Indian, his act is done in sadness and with a prayer for forgiveness because of his necessities…” – Wooden Leg We speak and write constantly about connecting to place: to the natural features of a place, the energies of place, the various gods and spirits that inhabit a place. Whether you approach it in a humanistic or archetypal fashion, or whether your relationships to spirits of place are literal and reciprocal, interactions with and concepts of ‘place’ hold a notable…
  • ‘So Help Me, God’ and the Air Force Academy Honor Oath

    Cara Schulz
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    In October 2013, the United States Air Force Academy announced that the words “so help me, God” would be optional when cadets recite the Honor Oath. In response, several GOP Congressmen proposed legislation that would force all Academy cadets to add those words back. The Wild Hunt spoke with a Pagan military veteran as well as Air Force Academy (AFA) Public Affairs officials about the proposed legislation and why they believe keeping “so help me, God” optional is important. We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does. Furthermore, I resolve to do my duty and…
  • The Struggle over Cultural Perception in the Wake of Violence

    Heather Greene
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    A Turkish media outlet, The Anadolu Agency, reported yesterday that ancient artifacts, stolen from the Mosul Museum, were turning up in European markets and being sold in order to help fund the terrorist activity. Which terrorist organization? Depends who you ask. Daesh. Or to some, ISIL  or the IS. Still to others ISIS. And once, as is reported, the group is an off-shoot of al-Qaida. Tigris River, Mosul Since the organization’s formation, the world’s media and political agencies have struggled to agree on a single name. While many now officially rejected the term ISIS and ISIL,…
  • Hospitality: a Pagan Value?

    Terence P Ward
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    The journey to report on the Sacred Space/Between the Worlds conference was difficult. What would have taken four hours on the road on a clear day was seven through a late-winter snowstorm on the Eastern seaboard, driving forty miles an hour past at least a dozen vehicles which hadn’t fared very well in those conditions. Journey’s end, however, included welcomes from familiar faces, introductions to local luminaries, and an invitation to lunch with a group of Southern witches who simply wanted to show some hospitality. Those warm gestures led to this question: what role does…
 
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    Medusa Coils

  • Buzz Coil: March 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    There has been a hiatus in Buzz Coil due to what is probably carpal tunnel syndrome. I'm hoping to start the Buzz Coils again regularly. I will be doing links only to the blogs' homepages (not the individual posts) because I can't do the links well using voice recognition software. Thank you for your understanding. A Crone Speaks Out:  Rev. Cathryn Plantine's February 6 post, "The Future of
  • Goddess Pages Winter 2014/Spring 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am a little late and will be a little short in telling you about this issue of Goddess Pages due to my own ongoing battle with carpal tunnel syndrome. So please excuse the lack of lots of links. I'm writing this with  the help of speech recognition software. Any mistakes are due to the misunderstandings by the software ;-)This issue opens with art of Morrigan by Laura Bell, who also wrote an
  • 20th Anniversary Glastonbury Goddess Conference Announced

    6 Feb 2015 | 8:40 am
    The 20th Anniversary Glastonbury Goddess Conference will be held Tuesday 28th July - Sunday through 2nd August 2015 in Glastonbury (aka Avalon), England, with Fringe events from Sunday July 26th - Monday August 3rd. The Conference will celebrate Anu, An Cailleach, Stella Nolava, Queen of Heaven & Earth, Cosmic Star Mother, and  Sharing Goddess Spiritual Practices. Announced presenters
  • Review: Second Book in Trilogy by Martha Shelley

    29 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Stars in Their Courses, a novel, by Martha Shelley (Ebisu Publications 2014), trade paperback, 324 pages. This is the second novel in a trilogy by spiritual feminist Martha Shelley. It continues the story begun in the first of the three novels, The Throne in the Heart of the Sea, and like that novel is set in the ninth century BCE in the area often known as the Levant, where most of the
  • Just Published: Merlin Stone Remembered

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Last April I was asked to write what is known in the book trade as a “blurb,” or “endorsement” of a work-in-progress planned to be published as a remembrance of Merlin Stone and centered around the remembrances of Merlin’s life partner of 34 years, Lenny Schneir. A few months later the book was acquired by Llewellyn Worldwide. It has now been published with the authors listed as David B.
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Bad Time To Be Young

    Anne Johnson
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    I hate to say how long ago I was young, so I won't. Things weren't great for young people then. But as far as learning stuff in a taxpayer-funded building was concerned, it was okay.Not so these days.I'm going to do some counting here:September -- 3 to 4 daysOctober -- 2 daysMarch -- 3 daysApril -- 4 daysMay -- 2 daysThat's 15 days this year that young people I am closely associated with will be taking ass --- es --- ments. These are not mere queries from me on topics the young people have recently delved into. These are standard +  ized t and e and s and t and…
  • SNBN

    Anne Johnson
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," swirling in the Moronic Inferno since 2005! My name is Anne Johnson, and I work with young people in a society setting.Last night I dreamed that I was getting my score back on the life-altering examination that my young people just sat through. I looked at my results, and it was just enough to proceed. Right on the money. But I was red-hot furious. "Look at this result!" I shouted. "I went to Johns Hopkins and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and this is the best I can do on this thing? What about my young people?"Pardon me for being so oblique in my vocabulary.
  • Bless Me, Ultima

    Anne Johnson
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Another day, another winter storm! Welcome to my Equinox blizzard!Alas, there is no Goddess Ultima. That's just as well, because the weather's not conducive to shopping for biscuits and tea. We were supposed to get a slushy inch of snow, but that was five inches and all day ago. It's coming down in buckets.This is a good time to argue: Who decides it's Spring, the cosmos or the weather?We've already picked up about 90 minutes of daylight since the Solstice. The birds are singing lustily in the morning. But there's not a single swollen bud on the trees, and -- at least in my yard -- only the…
  • Photos from the Flower Show

    Anne Johnson
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    I'm so lazy I've never hooked my phone to my Wi-Fi. So when I tried to email myself the photos of the Philadelphia Flower Show, the messages didn't go through ... until I went out roaming about and caught someone else's signal.It's hard to describe the Flower Show. Hard to photograph it, too. The theme was "Movies," and so each display, large and small, had something to do with films. They even had some really cute homages to screen writers! Anyway, here are some pathetic attempts to capture the moment.This was the sign at the large Peter Pan display. The display was mounted by a grower…
  • The Dubious Ethics of Performance Art

    Anne Johnson
    8 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Hello and welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" My name is Anne Johnson, it's on my birth certificate (with an appropriate middle name), and I'm the chief loudmouth on this site.Today's sermon is about a piece of performance art. You be the judge. Is it appropriate? Is it ethical?My daughter The Heir is an artist. Over the weekend she agreed to photograph a series of performance artworks in the pedestrian tunnels under City Hall in Philadelphia. These tunnels are part of Philadelphia's subway system.Heir was particularly perturbed by one of the pieces.It was a younger woman, slightly older than…
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    Broomstick Chronicles

  • AAR Annual Meeting - V

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    PachamamaNovember 2014San Diego, CADay Three:  SundayPassed on these alluring sessions:*     Religion and Roots of Climate Change Skepticism – not a problem amongst any Pagans I’m aware of.  This panel was comprised of “a Christian evangelical climate scientist; a professor of modern Jewish philosophy and rabbinical thought; an historian of science specializing in debates about climate change; and an evangelical leader in the ‘creation care’ movement.*     Religion and Politics Section: “Contraception, Corporations, and Conscience: Evolving…
  • Hanging with My Peeps at PCon

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Don Frew, Macha, Richard Reidy of the Temple of RaThis year’s PantheaCon nourished me.  I printed out a schedule ahead of time of events on the official schedule, as distinct from the many programs being offered in various suites throughout the weekend, that I wanted to be sure to attend.  I left plenty of space for serendipitous encounters.I knew I had some responsibilities in the Pagan Scholars’ Den -- I dislike that term – for both Cherry Hill Seminary and the Pagan History Project with which I’m involved.  And I was scheduled to sit on one panel, “Tradition vs.
  • AAR Annual Meeting - IV

    4 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    "The Nightmare" by John Henry Fuseli  November 2014San Diego, CADay Two:  Saturday Late Afternoon and EveningFor the 4:00 p.m. session I passed on three others of interest.Indigenous Religious Traditions focused on “Ritual Objects and Materiality in the Study of Native American Traditions.”  Anthropologists have considered the importance of social and historical context while neglecting physicality and materiality in such circumstances as indigenous rituals “tied to particular places and things in irreducible ways.  Panelists spoke on ·     …
  • The Power of the North, the Wisdom of Earth

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    In the midst of current drama around racism, those of us who’ve not spoken up risk being accused of complicity.  I wish to share my process about why I haven’t said much.One of the four pillars of the Witch’s pyramid is the Earth, the power to keep silent.   That is the place where I’ve been sitting for some months. Dr. King said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”While I do not disagree with this entirely, I don’t think we’re “at the end.”  Rather, it seems obvious to me that we still struggle…
  • AAR Annual Meeting - III

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Site of Riddu RidduNovember 2014San Diego, CADay Two:  Saturday AfternoonAfter lunch I duly went to the joint session of “Contemporary American Studies and Ritual Studies Groups” on “The New Animism: Ritual and Response to the Nonhuman World.” No regrets, but to do this I had to pass on three other sections scheduled at the same time slot:I    Tantric Studies Group on “Funerary Practices in Tantric Tradition,” Featuring “Saving the Unfortunate: A Tantric Rite to Rescue the Dead,” Necorliberation in Early Sakyapa Funerary Manuals,” and The Five-Element…
 
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    Goddesschess

  • Bones, Stones and Other Items Used for Divination Found in Armenian Dig

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Are these "dough stamps" -- designed to impress raw dough with images that were used in divination?  Or were they used in an entirely different way altogether, hmmm?  These look similar to ancient game pieces to me.  Might they have been used in an elaborate ritual to make impressions on a chessboard-like grid drawn into the dirt of the sacred sanctuary where the diviner practiced -- one not
  • "DNA of an Entire Nation Assessed"

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    I find this article rather alarming, hmmm... Article at BBC News DNA of 'an entire nation' assessed By James GallagherHealth editor, BBC News website The genetic code of "an entire nation" has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland. The feat was performed by combining DNA data with family trees. The team say they could now find every woman at high-risk of breast cancer "
  • Carnelian and Iron Ring with Image of Goddess Artemis or Diana Found Near Herod the Great's Mausoleum

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Story at Live Science -- contains photos and links: Gem Engraved with Goddess' Image Found Near King Herod's Mausoleum by Owen Jarus, Live Science Contributor   |   March 17, 2015 07:51am ET A translucent orange gem engraved with an image of a goddess of hunting has been found near a mausoleum built by Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus. The 
  • New Excavations Planned for Jiroft (Iran)

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Article from The Tehran Times Iranian, German experts to excavate “archeologists’ lost paradise”On Line: 10 March 2015 19:07 In Print: Wednesday 11 March 2015 TEHRAN -- A team of Iranian and German archaeologists will head to Jiroft in southern Iran in the near future to excavate the 5000-year-old site, which is known as the “archeologists’ lost paradise.”   Preparing a map of the site,
  • Chess Collectors International -- Meet Them in St. Louis!

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Hola! The Western Hemisphere members of the Chess Collectors International will be hosting a get-together for members and interested parties in St. Louis, Missouri that will coincide with the Third Annual Sinquefield Cup (the tournament will be held at the beautiful Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis or, as popularly known, the St. Louis Chess Club).  Meeting dates will be August 28 -
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • Happy Day of Our Sovereign Lady

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    "And the children of earth threw blossoms before Her."
  • Filianic Calendar for this new year

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Welcome to this new year. Our Lady is risen and the world is renewed! This year is a Year of Sai Rhave, which means that every month begins on Rhavedi (Saturday) and the influence of the Great Janya Sai Rhave is strong throughout the year. The Daughters of Shining Harmony have produced a full calendar for this year giving all the festivals of the Wheel of the Year and other information of value to Filianists and other devotees of Our Mother God. Please find it here.
  • A Chant for Hiatus

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:28 am
    A simple chant for the day that is not part of the year.
  • What is a Solar Eclipse?

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    What is a solar eclipse? The physical definition is very simple, but what is the deeper meaning of this natural phenomenon?
  • In the Dying of the Year

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:42 pm
    These are the last days of Moura, the fifth season and the thirteenth month. It will end soon with the feast of Kala, the Death of Our Lady, the end of the month, the end of the year, and symbolically, the end of the world. After that comes the time that is no time, the Day that has no Date, when we veil the statues and try as far as possible to act as if there were no future. Should that time miraculously pass; should the world and Our Lady somehow be reborn, there will be a glorious new year.
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    The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast

  • Episode 130

    Sparrow & Mojo
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    These were the shownotes of our lives. Actually, this is the third time I am writing these shownotes. Upon reflection, I believe they have taught me one of two things. Either the lost shownotes are the meanest teachers of patience OR they are teaching me to get a different type of keyboard next time.  As they say...the show must go on.  This episode Mojo gets to chat with Sharon Knight about her new project, Portals. Portals is a "Carnival of Mystery" mulit media project that supports a community of musicians and artists.  I also got to interview a fun guest. John Beckett joined me via…
  • Episode 129

    Sparrow & Mojo
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    It seems we are on a roll.  We hope you had a great holiday and that 2014 was a great year for you!  At home for the holidays, Auntie Bunnie, stopped by the Wigglian Way studio to talk with us about the paper she wrote for her program at Canterbury. The program is called Myth, Cosmology, and the Sacred and is the only one of it's kind. Tune in to find out more... Mojo thought that since Auntie is a classic Lady (been in the Craft for a long time) that we would play classic pagan music this episode.  The Feature Album is Lady Isadora:Priestess of the Pentacle and from that we hear,…
  • Episode 128

    Sparrow & Mojo
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Hi there! We're over here! Ah, yes, nice to see you. Thank you for joining us here on the Wigglian Way.  We have a full and interesting episode.  Mojo got to interview his friend and teacher Jeff Stockton for this episode. They chat about music, magic, and the Song.  The feature album is called Mystical Creature, by Jessica Star. The album was recorded and produced by friend of the Wigglian Way, Winter. From Mystical Creature we hear Red Pheonix Aflame, The River, and to end the show, Wesa.  The music for the second break is by our special guest, Jeff Stockton. From his album Between…
  • Episode 127

    Sparrow & Mojo
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Never fear, the Wigglians are still here!!! Hey everybody, how are you doing?! We hope that you are doing well, thank you so much for downloading the show! A short show, just to let everyone know where were are at. Not too short a show to not have Feature Album though!! Tonight we feature the fourth album by Qntal, Ozymandias. From Ozymandias we hear All For One, Flamma and we end the show with Indiscrete. Say hello to the newest podcast on the block: The Forked Stick, presented by The Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Shamanic Society. Hosted by John-Luke Edwards and Jeff Stockton.
  • Episode 126

    Sparrow & Mojo
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Episode 126 is brought to you by the letter DARK.  The music is dark and the subject matter is often at least some shade of dark. We are talking about divorce on this episode. In fact, I got to interview Diana Rajchel about her new book, Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the people that used to Love Them. Often we don't get enough information about divorce and how to go about it in a healthy way. Thanks to Diana, we have a pagan resource for that now. Thank you for joining us Diana.  Due to the subject matter, and the fact that we met Damh the Bard and he likes metal music, we are…
 
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  • Wordless Wednesday: Spring Harvests

    Beth
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
  • Tarot Card of the Week, March 23-29, 2015: The Returning Ace of Cups

    Beth
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    You shall be keeper of the Grail so that it may heal the hearts of men. ~ The Fisher King, directed by Terry Gilliam Here is a beautiful visitor, once rare, but now it has us appeared twice this year.  Welcome this week to the Ace of Cups. The Aces represent the complete potential of the suit, and they all depict the hand of Mystery, offering its blessing to us. Since the Cups are the emotions, love, intuition and healing, this card is the very essence of those gifts. It holds all the love that could be possible, and the deep knowing that comes straight from the heart. The Ace of Cups is…
  • Blessings of Ostara! Hail and Welcome Springtime

    Beth
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Hail Holy Ostara! Hail the daughter born at Delling’s door, At the gate of day who bears the morning light! Hail Ostara, Lady of the Spring Dawn! ~ Heathen Kinship Blessings Welcome Spring! As you probably know, this is the Vernal Equinox  in the northern hemisphere, and it is Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. We celebrate it as the lesser Sabbat named Ostara. (“Lesser” Sabbat only means that it is a holiday associated with the seasonal quarters – equinoxes and solstices – of the year. The cross-quarters are considered the “Greater…
  • Throw Open the Doors of Spring! It’s Birthday Time for Aries!

    Beth
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    We live at the edge of the world, so we live on the edge. Kiwis will always sacrifice money and security for adventure and challenge. ~ Lucy Lawless – Triple Aries (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant) This evening at 6:45pm, Eastern time, the Sun leaves the sign of Pisces and moves into Aries, marking the Equinox (Vernal above the equator, and Autumnal below). The sign of Aries is ruled by Mars and is the first one to get things started, initiating projects and leading others. A cardinal (creative and inventive) sign, Aries the Ram governs leadership and initiative. The Ram is adventurous,…
  • Wordless Wednesday: X-Class Solar Flare This Week

    Beth
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
      Either go to full screen or view at Space.com  
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    T. Thorn Coyle

  • Quitting is Beginning

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    “You’ll begin to re-evaluate exactly what it is that you love,” he said. And so, the shifts within become even more explicit. Sometimes we need to quit, in order to begin. I’ve loved teaching and blogging. I’ve loved writing books on spiritual practice. I’ve loved it with every part of my heart and soul. Even when the travel ground my body down. Even when I had to cut way back and find new ways to teach. I don’t always love it anymore. There are still parts that feed me: I taught at a conference recently and connecting my magic with the thoughts and efforts of the people there…
  • An Intentional Life

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    Does your life reflect your intention?  If you had to write a mission statement, what might it be? And how does everything else in your life support, undermine, or avoid this? I ask because too many of us are still uncertain of direction, or we are living fragmented lives. We speak one thing here, and there, we act in a way that contradicts our speech. We’ve lost our way. We are going through the motions. We’ve forgotten our connection to the Gods. Sometimes we’ve had it. We have known. We’ve sensed the power in our core and used that to help us steer our way through life. But then…
  • Truth & Joy: Confronting Racism in Religion

    thorncoyle
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    PantheaCon 2015: A gathering of 2500 practitioners of Pagan, polytheist and magical traditions in San Jose, California. Monday morning, after a very full weekend, we packed up our hotel room and went to the cold, carpeted ballroom to set up chairs into two Vesicae Piscis, each holding the other in gentle arcs. A microphone was set up in the center of the room. The Pagans of Color Caucus had taken the opportunity afforded by Pantheacon staff who suggested they use this space vacated by a canceled workshop to offer “Creating Brave Spaces for People of Color.” It was needed. People…
  • Mourning Muslim Lives

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    More than once since yesterday, I have started a post on the three Muslim students killed in North Carolina: Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, age 21, her husband, 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, age 19. I mourn for their lives and feel grief and sorrow at our xenophobic, hate-filled country. When looking up their names, I began to Google "Muslims killed in NC." As soon as I got to "Muslims kill" Google autofilled the phrase to "Muslims killing Christians." And that, my friends, starkly illustrates the problem: Our thoughts go too quickly toward such the…
  • Expand Your Perspective

    admin
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    During meditation at my altar this week, after bowing to the ancestors, lighting my devotional candle, and offering incense, I settled into center, allowing the tensions around me to relax. I opened. In this opening, I was reminded of something that I know deep in my being, yet still sometimes forget: There is a spaciousness of billions of years around my life. There is a spaciousness of billions of years around every life on earth. We can take a longer breath, for the whole cosmos is breathing.   It is easy to get caught up in our tensions. It is easy to only be engaged in the struggle:…
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    Alison Leigh Lilly

  • Goddess Withdrawn

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    It takes a long time to understand why she left. She’d arrived one day with a burst of rain, a glint of sunlight on wilting ice. She’d come with mud and wind and trampled dogwood petals pressed into the cracks of the sidewalk, with quickened breath and light, with the smell of cheap wax candles burning well past midnight… And then one day, just as quickly, she was gone again. I lit more candles. I filled my room with light. I sang her praises into the heart of each flame. Night after night, I worked her name with my lips until it was worn and clumsy, just a collection of…
  • Q&A: What is the Song of the World?

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The latest issue of the Alternative Religions Educational Network’s newsletter just came out this past weekend, and I was excited to be included as one of those featured in an interview with the editor, Christopher Blackwell. We chatted about my background being raised in a liberal Catholic tradition flavored by my father’s Irish heritage, and how that shaped my spiritual journey towards Druidry as I live and practice it today. It was great fun! You can read the whole interview here. One thing we touched on was the Oran Mór, or as I usually call it, the Song of the World. The…
  • Q&A: How do you honor your Irish Christian ancestors?

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    I have not been neglecting you, dear readers, so much as I have been tending to the more urgent (and sometimes annoying) demands of biology. I’ve had to re-prioritize my various writing projects, and despite the conventional wisdom that scaling back on blogging and social media is career-suicide for writers these days, I’ve had to acknowledge that if it’s a choice between blogging, or focusing on the kind of contemplative writing that is better suited to non-blog form, I would rather be doing the latter. But I do miss you all! So in the hopes of striking a balance, I thought…
  • Art, Entertainment and the Technology of the Sacred

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Or, Satire, Irony & the Discourse on Pagan Diversity Recent health issues have prevented me from doing much blogging this winter, and so I wanted to take this opportunity to revisit an essay I wrote almost two years ago but never published. By the time I had gathered my thoughts and written this post, much of the controversy which originally inspired it had calmed, and the conversation in the larger Pagan community had moved on. Yet many of the issues at the heart of that controversy remained only half-articulated, and as a community, we’ve continued to encounter many of them again…
  • Druid’s Blade and Witch’s Broom: An Ode to Mistletoe

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but that’s only half the truth. Sometimes what doesn’t kill you leaves you hobbled, scarred or weak with hunger. Sometimes it leaves you warped or bruised. Sometimes it leaves you cobbled together from scraps of disenchantment. Sometimes it leaves you swinging halfway between courage and despair, learning how to fight through the inoculation in hopes it’s better than the disease. What doesn’t kill you leaves its mark. Sometimes what doesn’t kill you becomes a kind of fixture in your life. Like a gift…
 
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  • Things to Do at Equinox

    Stella Seaspirit
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Every year in March and September the sun crosses over Earth’s equator for what we know as the equinox to occur. On an energy level this is opens up a portal so potent that it can be felt twenty-four hours before and after the cosmic event. This energy is available for anyone to access should you wish to.   The equinox marks a balanced still point where dark and light, day and night are almost equal in length across the globe. Thus the equinox marks a natural turning point because from this Quarter Day onward, daylight either increases or decreases with a correlating shift in night…
  • 10 Signs You Are an Empath

    Stella Seaspirit
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Does this sound like you? “I took an empath test online and it said that I am an empath.  What can I do to control this as I am becoming physically sick and emotionally overwhelmed?”   “Could my depression possibly be linked to being an empath? I have this cloud hanging over me all the time and I suspect this could be the reason.”   “I don’t trust people so I tend to stay by myself when I’m not working. I have so many walls up I won’t allow people into my space. All these things plus many more leave me feeling sad and disheartened.”   10 Signs You…
  • The Butterfly Effect and Transformation

    Stella Seaspirit
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    Reader Question: I have read elsewhere that dabbling in even some simple good spells can wreak havoc on people’s lives. Like the old butterfly effect story where a butterfly flaps its wings somewhere distant that causes a tornado somewhere several weeks later.   This makes me sad and afraid. I worry that dabbling in even very good spells to help someone can hurt the people around the spell by manipulating situations for a spell to work.   After I felt like I could take some control over my life at last, this information suddenly disempowered me and I felt fear and sadness again. I…
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  • Wordless Wednesday

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    25 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Dripping Maple Goodness Photo by LadyDragonflyCC The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts -.
  • The Weekly Rune – Jera

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    23 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    For the week of 22 March 2015 How appropriate that after the closure of the last two weeks, Jera brings us a supportive time of accounting. Berkano remains the half-month rune through 30 March. To learn more about the half-month rune’s influence and my other work with the runes, visit Patreon. Read right to left in the image is Berkano, followed by Jera. At the beginning of the month, the intensity of Tiwaz as the half-month rune combined with Ansuz reversed wrapped up passionate heart affairs. While it resulted in much-needed closure and blazed the trail into Berkano and gentler…
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    skelleyh
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop. I’m thankful that last week is over. I’m grateful that my daughter is healing well (she broke her arm, not me). I’m thankful to have known Marian Harrell. I’m grateful for special time away with my lover. I’m grateful for family who take great care of our children. I’m thankful for fun! I’m grateful that last week is over. What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks? Who is grateful for you? I am! This post is part of Lexa Cain’s blog…
  • Wordless Wednesday

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    18 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Ostara Dance Photo by Nico Nelson The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts -.
  • The Weekly Rune – Wunjo

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    16 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    For the week of 15 March 2015 I’m so happy to see these runes, I could cry. I mentioned last week that having Berkano on the horizon as the half-month influence was inspiring; however, its predecessor, Tiwaz, was no joke. The fact that Wunjo blesses us with joy this week is just sweet bliss. Berkano remains the half-month rune through 30 March. To learn more about the half-month rune’s influence and my other work with the runes, visit Patreon. Read right to left in the image is Berkano, followed by Wunjo. Wunjo is the stave of joy. The last rune of the first aett, it indicates…
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  • How to Prevent Overwhelm As an Empath

    Stella Seaspirit
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    In the previous post we explored the various signs that indicate you are an empath. In this post I will show you ways you can prevent overwhelm by shielding against taking on the energy of others that doesn’t serve you, how to release it and move it out of your system.   1. Be Aware of Your Emotions (mood, attitude and feelings) If you woke up in a good mood, got ready for work everything ran smoothly and you happily make your way to work, nothing distinct happens on your way there yet you feel like a thunderstorm when you walk in…   Recognise the mood or sensation is not yours.
  • Things to Do at Equinox

    Stella Seaspirit
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Every year in March and September the sun crosses over Earth’s equator for what we know as the equinox to occur. On an energy level this is opens up a portal so potent that it can be felt twenty-four hours before and after the cosmic event. This energy is available for anyone to access should you wish to.   The equinox marks a balanced still point where dark and light, day and night are almost equal in length across the globe. Thus the equinox marks a natural turning point because from this Quarter Day onward, daylight either increases or decreases with a correlating shift in night…
  • 10 Signs You Are an Empath

    Stella Seaspirit
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Does this sound like you? “I took an empath test online and it said that I am an empath.  What can I do to control this as I am becoming physically sick and emotionally overwhelmed?”   “Could my depression possibly be linked to being an empath? I have this cloud hanging over me all the time and I suspect this could be the reason.”   “I don’t trust people so I tend to stay by myself when I’m not working. I have so many walls up I won’t allow people into my space. All these things plus many more leave me feeling sad and disheartened.”   10 Signs You…
 
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  • Psychic Protection Spell

    White Magic Witch
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    You WILL NEED • Pieces of flint ♦ Onions (I for each room in your house) • Red thread ♦ Red fabric ♦ Garlic clove ♦ Rosemary sprigs ♦ Red candle ♦ Frankincense ♦ Carnelian stone ♦ Vervain ENVIRONMENT: This spell is to be performed on a Tuesday. SPELL FOR YOUR HOME 1) Place the […]
  • Why You Sleep and Dream?

    White Magic Witch
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Why Do We Dream Anyway…..? Sleep Patterns The sleep cycle is broken up into several distinct phases. The first is a period of”slow-wave” sleep, when brain activity, breathing and heart rate all slow down. Slow-wave sleep goes through four stages, the last of which is the deepest, when the brain waves are slowest. This is […]
  • Modern Mythology: Witches

    White Magic Witch
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Modern witches with the dirt from the graves they have dug under their nails and with something of choir in their veins, for how else is their to explain the way her eyes burn, and once you grow close to them, it can no longer be told if their light is of the stars or […]
  • Gothic Witch (Images)

    White Magic Witch
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    You just have to really love this collection of Gothic Witchy images. In future posts I will be sharing more artful and interesting images.
  • Southern Witch (Images)

    White Magic Witch
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch A fantastic collection of southern witchy images…. make sure to share them around.
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