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  • Margot Adler 1946 – 2014

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I don’t believe in objectivity, but I do believe deeply in fairness.” – Margot Adler The first time I met author and journalist Margot Adler in person, we were having lunch together at PantheaCon in San Jose, and she was showing me pictures of an Occupy protest that were on her iPad. It didn’t sink in at the time, but I later realized that she was generously acknowledging me as a part of her journalistic tribe. That she was sharing an emerging story she was excited about. During that weekend I wanted so much to transmit to her how important she was to me, to what…
  • Remembering Margot Adler

    Broomstick Chronicles
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Much has been posted in both mainstream and Pagan media about the untimely death of Margot Adler.  People have spoken about the many ways she as influenced them, about her teachings, her personality, her inestimable contributions.  Just to round out the picture with yet another perspective, I share her some remembrances.  Because what is remembered lives.I first heard of Margot when I found Drawing Down the Moon on a shelf in a local bookstore in 1979.  I took it off the shelf and skimmed through it and what do you know?  There was a chapter called “Interview with a…
  • Dan Halloran Convicted of Fraud and Bribery

    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.
    Cara Schulz
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Former New York City Councilman Dan Halloran was convicted Tuesday on corruption and bribery charges. The jury deliberated for just under an hour and a half to return a guilty verdict on all five counts. Halloran was the highest elected official in the US who is openly an adherent of a Pagan or Heathen religion. In September 2012, Halloran, along with state Democratic Senate majority leader Malcolm Smith and ex-Queens Republican Party leader Vincent Tabone, was the focus of an FBI sting operation. He was recorded taking payoffs to facilitate a plot to get Smith, a Democrat, on the GOP line…
  • Sin Revisited: Pagan Theology and the Problem of Climate Change

    Patheos Articles - Pagan
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    We must confess to our crimes and misdeeds against the gods of our people. Let us stop, reconsider, and change direction.
  • Micro Meadow Mangled

    The Gods Are Bored
    Anne Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    We didn't even choose the lowest bidder.But never mind. The "professional" tree service Mr. J chose to trim our ancient pear tree consisted of a cast of goofs.They arrived promptly at 7:30 Monday morning, powering up their chainsaws in a way that pays back all of our noisy neighbors for their damn leaf blowers and lawn services.Mr. J went out to greet them. I heard him tell them to be careful with the garden.About two minutes later, I heard one of the crew say to the other, "Didn't the guy tell you to be careful with the garden? Look where that branch landed!It landed in my micro meadow,…
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    Radical Goddess Thealogy

  • batting A BALL FOR NON-CHRISTIANS?

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    “Break any law you want,” said the Supreme Court a few weeks ago  “ – as long as the law brushes your religious fur the wrong way.”  Of course the Supremes were thinking of Christian fur only (and to heck with the rest of us).  But now – bless their little hearts! – the Satanic Temple is going to bat for the rest of us.     CrooksandLiars.com reports: “Oh, this is rich. The
  • THE GRAND controller

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    A few days ago I promised I'd reveal my translation of the Sator Square, a magic word square in which each word appears four times (up, down, backwards and forwards). The Sator Square:  S  A  T  O  RA  R  E  P  OT  E  N  E  TO  P  E  R  AR  O  T  A  S Here is my translation of the Square: 1.  "Sator" means "Goddess"* 2.  "Arepo" is the name of this particular Goddess 3.  "Tenet"
  • MYSTERIOUS word MAGIC

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Ah, the mysterious mysteries of word magic!  In Ariadne’s Thread* Laura Perry labels the following jaw-dropping ancient Roman word-square a “letter labyrinth: SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS See how all five words pop out at you four times each – once forward, once backward, once heading down and once heading up?  Utter wizardry!    According to Perry, letter labyrinths descended
  • waltzing YOUR WAY: WORLD GODDESS DAY

    6 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    WHEN – September 7, 2014; ink it on your calendars today. WHERE – Although the idea for it came from Brazil, World Goddess Day will be a world-wide celebration. WHY –  “To unite ... Mother Goddess' worshipers world wide.”  WHO – World Goddess Day was initiated by Brazilian author Claudiney Prieto. WHAT – Ideas for how to celebrate the day may be found at worldgoddessday.com <!-
  • SCOTUS* dropping DOWN MY CHIMNEY!

    6 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Oh, joy, joy, rapture, rapture – I do so adore Christmas in July! On Monday the SCOTUS* promised Americans anything – ASAP! -- our little religious hearts desire!** Dear Santa SCOTUS, I could kiss you on your 18 cheeks!  Here’s my list (each gift based on my beliefs as a follower of Female Deity):  War – Out, scotch it, nix it, never again, nowhere nohow, nuh-uh, no way.  Period.  End
 
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    The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective.

  • Religious Freedom Updates: Arkansas, Alabama and Virginia

    Heather Greene
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Over the past few months we have been reporting on several stories involving religious freedom challenges. Here are updates on those stories: Beebe, Arkanasas makes national news On June 17, we reported that Arkansas resident Bertram Dahl had been denied the necessary permits to open a Pagan temple on his property. In addition, he was harassed by a neighboring Pentecostal church and, eventually, arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Bert and Felicia Dahl, along with their children. [Courtesy of the seekerstemple.com]This past week, the national news picked up Dahl’s story. On July…
  • Dan Halloran Convicted of Fraud and Bribery

    Cara Schulz
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    Former New York City Councilman Dan Halloran was convicted Tuesday on corruption and bribery charges. The jury deliberated for just under an hour and a half to return a guilty verdict on all five counts. Halloran was the highest elected official in the US who is openly an adherent of a Pagan or Heathen religion. In September 2012, Halloran, along with state Democratic Senate majority leader Malcolm Smith and ex-Queens Republican Party leader Vincent Tabone, was the focus of an FBI sting operation. He was recorded taking payoffs to facilitate a plot to get Smith, a Democrat, on the GOP line…
  • Margot Adler 1946 – 2014

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I don’t believe in objectivity, but I do believe deeply in fairness.” – Margot Adler The first time I met author and journalist Margot Adler in person, we were having lunch together at PantheaCon in San Jose, and she was showing me pictures of an Occupy protest that were on her iPad. It didn’t sink in at the time, but I later realized that she was generously acknowledging me as a part of her journalistic tribe. That she was sharing an emerging story she was excited about. During that weekend I wanted so much to transmit to her how important she was to me, to what…
  • Faerieworlds: Leaving Emerald Meadows

    Jason Pitzl-Waters
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    “This is a Pagan event” a visiting California-based Pagan exclaimed to me at Faerieworlds this weekend, and she was not wrong. I replied as I have often replied: It’s a Pagan event, but it isn’t a Pagan event, which allows it to become something unique and special. Over the years I’ve been attending and working at the little faerie-themed mythic festival in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon many have tried to sum up what makes this event so special. How it isn’t a transformational festival, or a Pagan festival, or a music festival, or a fantasy festival, but…
  • Honoring the Sacred Spirit from Ancient to Modern at the Carlos Museum

    Heather Greene
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    When people think of anthropological museums, they might recall the famous British Museum in London, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Smithsonian in WDC, or New York City’s American Museum of Natural History. Very few people would consider Atlanta, Georgia home to a place that cradles any of the treasures of ancient civilizations. But it is. Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum is one of the country’s top small anthropological museums. Its area of focus has captivated local Pagans and Heathens for years. Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University [Photo Credit:…
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    Medusa Coils

  • In Memoriam: Margot Adler 1946-2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    With a great sense of loss yet gratitude for a life well lived, I inform you of the death today of Margot Adler from cancer. She was 68. Many are they who came to Goddess and Paganism through Margot's book, Drawing Down the Moon.  She is also the author of the autobiography, Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution, and most recently, Vampires Are Us. I am grateful for having
  • Buzz Coil: July 2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond: Works of Literata: In her July 4 post, "Columbia's Day," blogger Literata notes that the upcoming Bibliotheca Alexandrina anthology, Columbia: A Devotional for the Spirits of America, is accepting submissions which "may include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles, poetry, short fiction, retellings or original
  • In Memoriam: Lady Loreon Vigne of Isis Oasis

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
     We join the Pagan community in mourning the passing on July 15 of Lady Loreon Vigne, Founder and Archpriestess of Isis Oasis in Geyersville, California. She was 82. An obituary for Lady Loreon appears online in July 18 issue of  the Geyersville Press Democrat. Among the online memorializations are a Fellowship of Isis tribute on July 16, and in a July 19 post in The Wild Hunt.  May she rest
  • Global Goddess Oracle: Summer Solstice 2014

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Summer Solstice issue of the e-journal, Global Goddess Oracle, begins with a "welcome" from Dawn, writing from stormy Florida. Invocations and poetry include: "Carol for Cardea" by Heather Geileis Kohser (with link to video so you can hear the melody); and  "Morning Devotion" and "The Arrival of Joy" by Katy Ravensong. Articles includes two excerpts from Barbara Ardinger's book, Pagan Every
  • Australian Goddess Conference, Oct. 24-26

    2 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Early-bird registration for the 2014 Australian Goddess Conference, being held in Sydney Australia Oct. 24-26, is open now through Aug. 31. The early, reduced-fee registration requires that you be a member of the sponsoring organization, Goddess Association in Australia, Inc (GAIA); membership costs $15 AUD (currently $14.81 US, $15.12 Canadian, 10.96 EU, 8.20 £ ). Early-bird registration
 
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    The Gods Are Bored

  • Ten Things That Raise the Hackles of the Bored Gods

    Anne Johnson
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I know, I know ... you're saying to yourself, "How does Anne get an inside track to the bored gods?" Have you no faith? I compiled an exhaustive survey of over 300 downsized deities, and here are the things that they're hating on just now:1. Fracking. Hades says that if one more drill bit comes through the roof of His bedroom, He is going to send us an 8-point earthquake. You heard it here first.2. Drones. Even the War Gods categorically detest drones and even guided missiles. Please forgive them for that, reader. It shows how old-fashioned they are, with antiquated notions about…
  • Micro Meadow Mangled

    Anne Johnson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    We didn't even choose the lowest bidder.But never mind. The "professional" tree service Mr. J chose to trim our ancient pear tree consisted of a cast of goofs.They arrived promptly at 7:30 Monday morning, powering up their chainsaws in a way that pays back all of our noisy neighbors for their damn leaf blowers and lawn services.Mr. J went out to greet them. I heard him tell them to be careful with the garden.About two minutes later, I heard one of the crew say to the other, "Didn't the guy tell you to be careful with the garden? Look where that branch landed!It landed in my micro meadow,…
  • Artist of the Bored Goddesses

    Anne Johnson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    It's that time of the summer when everything gets a little dried out and brown. Time for some color!I've never met Thalia Took, but I sure would like to. She has accomplished the amazing feat of getting dozens of bored Goddesses from multiple pantheons to sit for portraits! I'm lucky these days if I can collar them for a spot of tea.So today you might want to biff over to Thalia's Great Goddess portrait gallery and find your religion. Many of them!Image: Thalia Took
  • Briefly the Empty Nest

    Anne Johnson
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    This day comes for all. For me it's been coming in fits and starts. My daughters are trying to navigate a difficult labor market. Trust me, it's like sewing together a crazy quilt -- part time job here, part time job there, minimum wage because you're doing what you love ... and for poor Heir, one last year before she has to get Obamacare and pay off college loans.All the same, she has found a room in a house in West Philly. The Heir is going to launch.The Spare has a less-than-posh apartment in Center City Philadelphia, where she will live while she finishes her final two years of…
  • Where the Lilies Bloom

    Anne Johnson
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    It's a big, tough world out there, and I honestly don't know how I got so lucky as to live comfortably, have enough to eat, health care, and the age of fifty-plus. There are so many dangers without and within. Ah, but rest assured my time will come. I don't know anyone who has escaped the Reaper.In the meantime, here's a little bit of mundane happiness. My lilies have bloomed.The plant lady who came over to help me make a meadow says that these are the only native American lily. All the others are imported. I got the seeds for these lilies from my dad, out in Appalachia. They have grown in my…
 
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    Broomstick Chronicles

  • Remembering Margot Adler

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Much has been posted in both mainstream and Pagan media about the untimely death of Margot Adler.  People have spoken about the many ways she as influenced them, about her teachings, her personality, her inestimable contributions.  Just to round out the picture with yet another perspective, I share her some remembrances.  Because what is remembered lives.I first heard of Margot when I found Drawing Down the Moon on a shelf in a local bookstore in 1979.  I took it off the shelf and skimmed through it and what do you know?  There was a chapter called “Interview with a…
  • Sparky T. Rabbit

    7 Jun 2014 | 6:08 am
    Sparky T. RabbitPeter B. SoderbergBruner SoderbergHeathenbear3 February 1954 – 2 June 2014Back in 1982, if memory serves, I attended the first CoG MerryMeet festival held outside of California, at Circle Pines in Michigan.  I was a very young Witch (not such a young woman, but a young Witch).  I had only been to two smallish, mainly local Pagan festivals, one being the first MerryMeet in ’81 and the other one in the hot, dry coastal hills of the East Bay.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited.  I was there for a reason, as a delegate from my Local Council to…
  • Memories of Morning Glory

    22 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    From a party at Farida & Conly's house, July 2006In my view, one of the most comforting activities one can do after a loved one has passed through the veil is telling stories about the deceased.  Stories tell us who we are, where we came from, what we might become.  They are our primary teaching tools.“We're all made of stories.  When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on.  Not forever, perhaps, but for a time.  It’s a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it’s true, but then so’s…
  • MIC’s Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

    16 May 2014 | 4:44 am
    Don Frew, Macha, Matt Whealton, Carol HovisWhat’s a Witch to do when her interfaith council’s 15th Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, which occurs on the first Thursday in May, falls on Beltane?  Well, she sings up the Sun with the Berkeley Morris Dancers at dawn, then hustles across the bridge to Tiburon with her Wiccan (Gardnerian, to be specific) interfaith colleague, Don Frew, to rendezvous with Matt Whealton, a practitioner of Kemetic religion from the Temple of Ra, at his first foray into interfaith activities. I attend this event every year.  MIC began hosting its own…
  • Morning Glory’s “Wake”

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Morning Glory, Morgan, Wynter, Baby Girl  My old friend Anna Korn and I drove up to the Zell compound in Cotati after I finished with the Wiccan circle at San Quentin, so we weren’t there from the very beginning.  When we arrived, there were cars parked up and down both sides of the country road outside their home and the place was packed.  There was a proverbial groaning board in the dining room that kept acquiring more and more dishes of food.  Platters of ham, beef, chicken for the carnivores.  All manner of salads and side dishes – beans, pasta, greens,…
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    Blog o' Gnosis

  • Church of Green and Blue

    Anne Hill
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Jason’s recent editorial at the Wild Hunt has spurred me to write here, after a three month hiatus. In his article, Jason makes some good points about the growth of Pagan affiliation in the U.S. compared to its relatively small level of infrastructure and influence. On the question of how to create more engagement among the estimated […]
  • Fire in the Earth

    Anne Hill
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    There is very little I still hold from my days of Feri (or Faery) study and practice. That stage of my life was rich in drama and wonder, and I was blessed with a circle of close friends engaged in the same pursuits. We kept each other on our toes, exploring all sorts of things […]
  • 9th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival

    Anne Hill
    31 Jan 2014 | 7:47 am
    It is time once again to pull out your journals, those scraps of paper and backs of envelopes where you have jotted down verse throughout the year—you know you have—and offer it up to the Goddess Brigid, patron saint of Ireland. Brigid loves poetry, excels at smithcraft, is an accomplished healer, and midwife, and in […]
  • Real World Ethics

    Anne Hill
    19 Jan 2014 | 11:20 am
    My ongoing examination of leadership and community dynamics in this blog dovetails nicely with teaching ethics classes at Cherry Hill Seminary. I never imagined teaching an ethics course, but was asked to step in mid-semester four years ago when a faculty change left the Boundaries and Ethics class without a professor. That year I played […]
  • Three Times a Wood Passes for Rain

    Anne Hill
    19 Nov 2013 | 9:40 am
    That is the line I woke up with a few weeks ago. Three times a wood passes for rain. It gripped me and I rushed to write it down before it vanished. As I wrote, there spilled out from behind it a whole dream that was just as poetic and mysterious. In the final scene, I […]
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    Goddesschess

  • "Bubble Magic" Sent by Isis...Do Dolphins, Porpoises and Whales Read?

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Sent to me by Isis.  As Mr. Spock says - "Fascinating..." I'll be back as I can find time.  Right now I'm just trying to shoe-horn myself into this down-sized house and TONS of unpacking and organizing and trying to make sense of it all yet to do!  The worst of all horrors, darlings -- I have NO ROOM FOR ALL MY BOOKS! And no bookcases, either, as I left behind the three really junky
  • Ancient Mammoth Bone Used in Apparent Olmec Construction Ritual

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    This is absolutely fascinating!  Why did the builders use this ancient fossil (a few other examples have also been discovered)?  Did they understand how old it was?  Was there a legend that related to an ancient behemoth that they knew but was never recorded in a form that survived so that we of today could learn of it?  So many questions! Posted at Art Daily -- sometime in July, 2014
  • Was It Race, Or Climate Change, That Triggered A War?

    20 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    I do wish writers and editors would stop using such misleading lead-ins to articles.  Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago This is a very interesting article, once one gets past the crap about it possibly (later in the article it is essentially stated as fact) being a race-based war instead of what a current look at the evidence actually suggests -- it was a war
  • Nanjing Man is a Woman

    20 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Interesting facial reconstruction.  I wonder, if the people doing the reconstruction had chosen a "masculine" jawbone instead of a "feminine" one, would Nanjing Man still be a dude?  I was also much struck that this face is remarkably human, given the age of the fossil bones upon which it was reconstructed.  Nanjing woman is not depicted as an "ape-woman."  Only goes to shows how perceptions of
  • Moved Into New Digs At Last! And - Mini-Treasure Trove Discovered!

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hola darlings! Bear with me, please.  It has been a chaotic and traumatic three months, but about 95% of my possessions are here at the new, smaller, house and I am in the process of unpacking dozens of boxes and trying to figure out where the hell to put everything! I just wanted to let you all know that yes, I am still alive and feeling quite well, actually, despite all the stress and horrors
 
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    A Weblog for Our Mother God

  • The Unreal World and the Sky

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Recent notes on some everyday Japanese words 空蝉 kuusemi means the temporal world or a worldly person. The literal meaning (and it also still has this sense) is a cast-off cicada-shell. Clearly the expression refers to the empty illusion of material existence. How telling then that the English dictionary-translation, without blinking, defines it as “the real world”. The modern West really does live, philosophically, in a world of its own! Here is one I just love. 空の玄関 sora no genkan is a regular expression meaning “airport”. Genkan, as you know, is the place where you…
  • Original Sin and the Concept of Origin in Japanese

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    We reproduce with permission this recent forum post: An interesting Japanese word/concept is 元通り motodoori. Literally it means "the path/way of origin", and thus "the way things were originally". It does not have an exact English equivalent. Its meaning is "back the way it was" usually with the implication of "back the way it should be". In Precure kinnies when the villains have ruined some realm or area characters often speak of returning it to 元通り- the way it was and should be. The expression can be used for anything from the revival of a ruined realm to a simple "Please put…
  • Original Sin in Filianism

    3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    What does the religion of our Mother God say about original sin? Are beings born sinful, or are they fundamentally good?
  • Satya Yuga to Kali Yuga, Gold to Iron - the True Pattern of History

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Satya Yuga, the "Golden Age" was the beginning of human history. What is the Pattern of History as taught not just by Indian, but by all ancient civilisations?
  • The use of "Amen"

    7 Jun 2014 | 9:27 am
    I love this internet presence for the Eternal Faith, so any critique or questions I write in the spirit of love and trying to understand. My question here in regards to the Canonical Hours: why does the 'Our Mother' end with 'Amen', which is the name of a Kemetic male god, (and incidentally the chief male creator god - equivalent to Zeus and Iupiter)? With best wishes, Dini Pantheacraft Thank you for your kind words and for your inquiry. The name of the Egyptian (or Kemetic) deity Amun has sometimes been spelt as Amen in English (also Amon and Ammon). It does not appear to have any…
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    The Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast

  • 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…
  • EPISODE 125

    Sparrow & Mojo
    28 May 2014 | 11:49 am
    We strive for Episode 125, and what happens? It Happens.  We have a pretty packed show for you.  Mojo got the chance to sit down with Anne Niven, the publisher of Witches & Pagans Magazine (and so much more). Thank you for coming on the show, Anne. We hope you all enjoy the interview.  We share a little bit about Morning Glory Zell and her passing. Hail and Farewell, Morning Glory! You were and continues to be an inspiration.  Mojo has had a few really great weeks and he tells us a little bit about his experience at the Shamanic Conference. Not only that, but…
  • Episode 124

    Sparrow & Mojo
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    This episode is jampacked. We have three interviews, crowdfunding news, protesters, and dear friends.  Have you heard about Sir Mojo and his Quest for the Love Leaf? If not, and I am sure you haven't yet, have a listen to Mojo's interview with the lovely and multi-talented Heather Dale. Heather and Mojo chat about the Celtic Avalon crowdfunding campaign.  Save the Bison in Yellowstone! That's exactly what our friend Comfrey Root did and continues to keep doing. I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Comfrey. He shares some of his incredble story. Tune and and if you…
  • Episode 123

    Sparrow & Mojo
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Thanks everybody for downloading the show! We have a real good for you tonight.   Tonight we are joined by the President of The Sacred Circle of the Great Mystery Shamanic Society, John-Luke Edwards. John-Luke tells us about his path and Returning to 4 Legs- 6th BC Residential Shamanic Conference & Gathering. Tonight's feature album is the debut effort from The Familiars, CunningFolk. From CunningFolk we hear Witches Reel, Tree Song and the show ends with Cuckoo's Nest. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of SJ Tucker's debut effort; Haphazard, we play Face-Down and…
  • Episode 122

    Sparrow & Mojo
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Told ya! We had no doubts. We are really stoked about the show and all the interviews, information, and interesting add ons that we want to bring you in upcoming episodes.  This episode was pretty special for us to make. It didn't start that way. At first we were both going to do informational segments. I know I had mine prepared and ready to go, and I am almost positive that Mojo's segment was polished to gleaming as well.  Those segments so didn't happen. I had asked on Facebook if anyone wanted to weigh in on my "Forgiveness" (now) series. The specific topic was on "forgiving…
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    Beth Owl's Daughter » Owl’s Wings Blog

  • Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: Twenty Years Ago Today

    Beth
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    I do.
  • Tarot Card of the Week, July 28-August 3, 2014: Three of Wands

    Beth
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown. ~ Soren Kierkegaard This magical week of the Sabbat of Lughnasadh (sometimes called Lammas), we welcome the Three of Wands. In the numerology of the Tarot, Threes are the expansion cards, the creative growth that comes from the initiative of One combined with the duality of Two. The Threes represent manifestation and synthesis. They all hearken back to the biggest of the Threes, last week’s Empress card. And the element associated with the Wands is Fire: the qualities of creativity, action, growth, and passion.
  • Blessings of the Leo New Moon: Re-ignite Your Flame

    Beth
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Dark of the Moon Dark of the Moon New beginnings Dark of the Moon Plant a seed tonight Dark of the Moon What we envision Will come to be By the Full Moon’s light. Blessings of the New Moon in Leo, my friends! I am in the last-minute chaos … ummm… preparations for my class tomorrow.  I dearly LOVE teaching this one and if you’ve ever studied with me in my introductory classes, you (and only you!) are eligible to join us. Yes, there is still a little time left for you to enroll. I hope that you will, as I honestly can’t say when or if I will be teaching it again.
  • Wordless Wednesday: Rites for the Card of the Week

    Beth
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
  • Birthday Blessings, Wonderful Leo!

    Beth
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
     I think of myself as a young prince from a long line of royalty. ~ Wesley Snipes, July 31, 1962 (Sun and Moon in Leo) Today, the Sun moves into its own sign of Leo at 5:41pm (Eastern time).  Happy Birthday to all you royal, sunny powerhouses! The famed Lions, so the tradition goes, are “on” 24 hours a day, showing off and behaving like the sexy superstars they often are. Of course, there really is more to Leo than this cartoonish version. Yes, those with their Sun in Leo are often fond of being in the limelight. So naturally, they may add some drama and exuberance to spice up what…
 
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    T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself

  • Sickle: Harvesting Life

    Thorn
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Margot Adler died this week. Meanwhile, in our yard the tomato plants are heavy with fruit. The green beans are beginning to dry. The apples, most not yet ripe, drop some offerings from their branches. It is harvest time. The fog has rolled in, a heavy blanket from the San Francisco Bay. It does this every year around this time. I give thanks for the harvest, for the fog, for Margot’s life. My heart and mind are quiet. Waiting. I feel curious about what things are yet to come. May your harvest match in sweetness whatever may feel bitter. The scythe cuts all things down. But new things…
  • Ida’s Legacy

    Thorn
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Today, in honor of her birth anniversary, people are posting thoughts on #IdasLegacy. I wrote the following in 2010 and wanted to share it again – slightly edited – today:   “Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.” – Ida B. Wells I would like to write of one of my heroes, Ida B. Wells. A fierce advocate for racial and women’s equality and justice, she did what few were willing to. In 1884, she refused to sit in the “Jim Crow” car of a train and was dragged…
  • Big Fish in Small Ponds

    Thorn
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    I’ve given the topic of Public Priests and making a living teaching or being of service a lot of thought. After several conversations, I decided to write a little about my experience. I did so over at Patheos, including getting into some nitty gritty financials. I hope this article gives you food for thought. Please comment over there. Click on the block quote:   Moving from local to public, or from occasional donations to paying the rent, is hard. It takes time. Most people fail. I’ve watched this from a distance many times. Some have written much about whether or not…
  • None of Us Are Free

    Thorn
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    “Fellow-citizens; above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, to-day, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, “may my right hand forget her cunning, and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!” To forget them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the…
  • Desiring Life

    Thorn
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:05 am
    What do you want from your life? How do you honor your Gods? What causes you to fall in love? Who do you think you are? Who do you want to become? Include as much of life as you possibly can: Fall in love. Break your heart. Risk. Open. Seek justice. Create. Dance. Listen. Fuck. Desire. Will. Act. Live. Build the world you most desire.
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  • Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    On the phone with my father, I find myself lost for words when he sighs and admits, “I just don’t have much hope for my generation anymore. Maybe there’s still time for you kids to fix this…” The resignation in his voice weighs on my heart. I could be angry. I’ve griped before about the inaction of the Boomers regarding climate change. I’ve watched the conversation shift over the past year, denial giving way to the defeatist belief that trying to do anything now would be too little, too late. Even lifelong conservationists have started to talk about…
  • The Joy of Hidden Things: Tidepooling on the Salish Sea

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Tidepooling is a practice in patient observation. It’s also a reminder that some things happen in their own sweet time. That’s the thing about low tide. Sun, moon and earth turn through the steps of their celestial dance, and once in a while you get lucky and the three of them meet just right in a moment of revelation. You have to be ready. Here on the Salish Sea (which includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada’s Georgia Strait), the lowest tide of the year usually occurs around the full moon nearest the summer solstice. The earth, with its axial tilt,…
  • Meme Me…

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Hey look, someone on Twitter made a meme out of me! I feel honored! (Does this mean I get to start wearing a “Ask Me About My Meme” button on my lapel?) "Sometimes my gods are like mountains, sometimes they are like mist." – @alileighlilly pic.twitter.com/5kcT0ZF9ip — Mud and Magic (@mudandmagic) July 15, 2014 From my post, “Gods Like Mountains, Gods Like Mist.”
  • Animist Blog Carnival: Wakeful World Book Club

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    2 May 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Welcome to the May 2014 edition of the Animist Blog Carnival! For this month’s theme, the ABC hosts its first-ever virtual book club — exploring the work of renowned animist and Druid author, Emma Restall Orr. Last summer when I first picked up Orr’s The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature, I was anticipating a memoir-like book rich with the poetry and storytelling that has come to characterize much of her work. By its outward appearance, The Wakeful World is a slim book with a beautifully minimalist cover. I’d tossed it into my suitcase as I packed for…
  • The Hunt for a Wakeful World: Anthropocentrism & Subjectivity (Part 2)

    Alison Leigh Lilly
    29 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    In the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa, a young man of the !Xõ people bends towards the earth, examining in detail an impression in the sand the shape of an upside-down heart. Nearby, his fellow hunters make their way quietly through the underbrush, moving with caution so that they might not come upon their prey too suddenly and startle it. The gemsbok is quick; they must be quicker. One of the hunters, an older man with years of experience and many successful kills to his name, gestures to the others, indicating a bit of scat drying in the midday sun — a sign that the beast has…
 
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  • The Secret Altar

    Stella Seaspirit
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    This is an ideal little bit of sacred space that you can display on a windowsill, fireplace mantle, dressing table, kitchen nook or other open surface without causing too much interrogation from others about what you are up to.   Pictured below are the following representations: Five flat stones from the beach (or river etc) for Earth A teensy white feather for Air A tiny seashell for Water A tealight candle (you could also use an aromatherapy votive candle) for Fire   Incorporate your altar into your daily activities: Light the wick with an intention for the day Say a prayer or…
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  • Wordless Wednesday

    Kelley Harrell
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Photo by Kathleen Conklin The post Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Soul Intent Arts.
  • Teen Spirit Wise Voice – Lorna Tedder – Three Shielding Techniques for Budding Empaths

    Kelley Harrell
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m happy to feature Lorna Tedder, today. Publisher for Spilled Candy Enterprises, Lorna is author of over 20 books, and she’s an all-around amazing person to know. Much love. An empath is someone who is sensitive to the energy of other people.  If you’re an empath, then you may literally feel the physical pain of someone else, particularly if it’s someone you care about or you are in close proximity to.  More likely, you will feel others’ emotions and may even confuse their feelings for your own. For example, if your boyfriend is having a bad week, you may feel…
  • The Weekly Rune – Othala

    Kelley Harrell
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Othala – property - Othala reminds us of what is most important: where we come from, and where we’re going. Where Fehu brings awareness to wealth that must be tended–assets, and investments–Othala focuses on that which we own, that which in many ways tends us–property we inherit, then pass on. Most regard Othala as the final Rune in the third aett, though some scholars position it elsewhere. Regardless of where it’s located, the agreement of its emphasis on inheritance remains the focus  (Do comment if you have thoughts on its alternate placements!).
  • Celebrate the Small Things – Gratitude

    Kelley Harrell
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My weekly gratitude post, in the Celebrate the Small Things [ongoing] Blog Hop.   I’m grateful to have had two fabulous nights out over the weekend. Living large! I’m thankful for a the ability to roll with household emergencies. I’m thankful for direction on my novel, even if I don’t know where it’s going. I’m grateful for my friends and family. What are you grateful for this week? How will you show thanks? This post is part of VikLit‘s blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. Participate by following the link and adding your name to the Linky list,…
  • Teen Spirit Wise Voice – Flash Silvermoon –Under the Influence of Janis–Joplin, That Is

    Kelley Harrell
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today, I have author and Priestess of the Rainbow Goddess Tradition, Flash Silvermoon. Author of  The Wise Woman’s Tarot (which is in my top 3 oracles), Flash is an Animal Communicator, and she hosts the weekly Internet Radio show, “What the Animals Tell Me.” Comment to win a copy of Flash’s ebook, “Janis Joplin and Me 40 Years of Music and Magic.” How would you describe your work/path/art to a beginner? I am a spiritual Renaissance Woman with many tools in my basket. I started my journey quite young and have pursued an understanding  of the magical…
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    Stella Seaspirit

  • Discreet Non-magickal Looking Office Altar

    Stella Seaspirit
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    At the office with little to no privacy? Need to send healing to a sick friend or boost that performance evaluation? Perhaps your child is writing an important test and you want to send some magickal support…   With a few standard office supplies and a dash of Witchy flair you can set up a pulsing altar right on your desk.   Below I have used the following representations: Yellow sticky note pad (Air) Stapler (any colour, the metal counts Earth) Red pen (Fire) Blue hi-lighter (Water) Mug of coffee (substitute tea or a glass of water as per your preference) this conceals your…
 
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  • African Witchcraft

    Danny
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    In most African societies witches are described as morose, unsociable people; they eat alone so as not to share their food, but are dangerous if food is not shared with them. They are arrogant and pass people without greeting, but are also easily offended if the same is done to them. Witches are often said to have the evil eye. Explanations of witchcraft rest on the boundless possibilities of human
  • The World Of Fairies

    Danny
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Ideas about witches are sometimes associated with those concerning fairies. European folklore tells of worlds inhabited by little people called by various names such as elves, fairies, pixies or goblins. The land of faery is a magical place and special human beings were intermediaries between this enchanted realm and the ordinary, everyday world. In other cultures these people may have had a shamanic role to play in their communities. These
  • Origins Of European Witchcraft

    Danny
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Where did the idea of a witch come from? Scholars have seen witchcraft in terms of superstition, peasant credulity or female hysteria. They have focused on the persecution of witches without looking for the origin of such beliefs. The historian Carlo Ginzburg has criticized this approach and has looked to folklore to find the origins. He studied the benandanti, men and women in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy who claimed that
  • The European Tradition

    Danny
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    In Europe, as elsewhere, people believed in witches. Witches were a normal part of everyday life for most people. If something went wrong, such as a cow dying or the butter failing to churn, it was due to witchcraft. People looked to their immediate neighbours to see who might be responsible. During the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries the Christian church claimed that witches were members of a devil-worshipping cult
  • The Classical Witches

    Danny
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    The three most famous witches in the classical world are Hecate, Circe and Medea. They are witch-goddesses that are also associated with darkness and the night. These magical beings were not the completely evil hags that witches later became under the influence of the Christian Inquisition, but represented a necessary component of the life/death interaction that went back to much earlier times. Witches were believed to be able to call
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