Shadow Work: A Study of the Dark

I have been noticing an overall trend in the new age and pagan literature to focus only on light work, on raising your energies to this so-called higher plane of light. There seems to be this lingering trend left over from other religions where all things not love, peace, and charity are considered to be…

Beginner Rituals

Ritual: a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. Rituals provide a template to guide our emotions and actions according to situations. Thereby, they bring a sense of familiarity and order in our life. The purpose of a pagan ritual is to bring our focus to…

Evoking and Invoking

Someone once asked me, “Why do you invoke the gods?”. This is somewhat a double sided question. On one hand, the question is asking what the purpose in invoking the gods and on the other hand, the question is asking why would someone want to invoke the gods. To answer the first question on why…

Witchcraft & Magic

Witchcraft is the practice of working magic in your life. Whether you are working internal magic to effect external change or external magic to effect internal change. Now, this is not your Harry Potter kind of magic, although, it would be cool if it worked like that. The kind of magic we work in witchcraft…

On Being a Pagan Witch in a Modern World

There seems to be this idea out there that people who live a pagan lifestyle have to be wizards and witches in funny hats and fly around on brooms and dance around the fire in the moonlight. Okay, yes, for some pagans, that is exactly what they do. For me and others of a quieter…

My Take on the Wheel of the Year

I love the wheel of the year. I think it is the most profound connection I have to our planet. I have been researching it for years from not only a spiritual level but also a historical one. The Wheel of the Year follows closely with the older farming traditions of our ancestors. The way…

Shape Shifting

When I was a child, I used to like to play pretend. You remember this game, right? You would pick an animal, a character, or a roll and then pretend to be them. My favorites were creatures like squirrels, otters, wolves, dinosaurs, and mermaids. As I grew up and stopped playing children’s games, I lost…

Red Moon

The Story of how I grew to love my Red Moon comes in two parts. Part One: What is the Red Moon cycle you might ask? It’s a symbolic way of speaking of a woman’s monthly cycle. Most women’s cycles are 28 days long and that’s the same amount of time that it takes our…

Mentorship

For the last few years, I have been working with the most wonderful group of pagans I have ever known in founded a local tradition of witchcraft in our area. We came at from an angle that we no longer wanted to follow an established priestesshood or path of clergy and create something that’s our…

Regional Witchcraft

I had a bit of an “ah ha!” moment recently when I was researching local witchcraft traditions from around the world. It was a little voice in my mind that said, “It doesn’t matter what other witches are doing in other places. You are not in Scotland, you are not in Italy, you are not…