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Article Topic: Pagan

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The Beauty of Ritual
Date: 2012-10-15   By: Deborah Blake
Ritual. The very word is evocative, conjuring images of everything from mysterious robed figures sketching arcane runes in the air to joyous women dancing skyclad around a bonfire. Ritual comes in many different forms—and that’s good, because ritual is a highly personal thing, and what suits one person perfectly will leave another cold. But done correctly, it’s…well…magickal. Deborah Blake, author of the Everyday Witch series and the new book Everyday Witch Book of Rituals, discusses just why rituals are so important...and magickal.
The Economics and Politics of Incense
Date: 2012-03-12   By: Carl F. Neal
When thinking about the world's history, the use of incense is not something that is likely to come to mind. However, incense has had a shaping role in the economies and politics of societies the world over for thousands of years. How can such a small, humble stick hold so much power? Carl F. Neal, author of Incense Magick, explains.
The Element Purification
Date: 2009-12-10   By: Scott Cunningham
The Esbats of the Goddess
Date: 2008-04-28   By: Ann Moura
What constitutes a new moon? How should modern-day witches go about celebrating this lunar phenomenon? Ann Moura, author of the Green Witchcraft series and Grimoire for the Green Witch, shares different ways to celebrate the New and Dark Moon Esbats.
The Faeries of Yule
Date: 2008-12-08   By: Edain McCoy
While the Yule Log is smoldering in the fireplace, warming your house with its golden glow, casting dancing shadows on a sparkling Yule tree, the scene might not immediately evoke images of faeries. It should, however. Author Edain McCoy details just how these spritely guardians do not all hibernate in winter, and how they should be honored during these chilly months of warm celebration.
The Goddess and the Priestess: The Archetype of the Powerful Woman Realized
Date: 2014-12-22   By: Sonja Sadovsky
Since childhood, and for various reasons, The Priestess and the Pen author Sonja Sadovsky has been enamored with the image of successful women who overcame adversity to create something new, both in fiction and in reality. And, more often than not, magic played a part in these images of Goddesses and Priestesses. Here she discusses her motivation for writing her new book and the desire to see today's dreams become tomorrow's reality.
The Gods of Witchcraft
Date: 2005-05-17   By: Christopher Penczak
When I got involved in Wicca, I found that most of my teachers emphasized the Goddess. Many people have been raised with traditions that emphasized the male aspect of divinity. These same people often come to nature-based religions with a desire to ...
The Healing of the Celtic Tree Calendar
Date: 2010-11-08   By: Sharlyn Hidalgo
Samhain is a hinge that marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. This is a time when the veil between the worlds is most thin, and one can make contact with the spirits of their loved one and their ancestors. The Celts believed that communication with their relatives and friends and animals that had crossed over provided needed love, guidance, and encouragement. For them, this was also a time to give gratitude and count one’s blessings. Sharlyn Hidalgo, author of The Healing Power of Trees, discusses the healing power of the Celtic Tree Calendar, especially at this time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.
The Herbal and Magical Uses of Trees
Date: 2007-04-09   By: Ellen Evert Hopman
Discover the helpful qualities of oak, ash and thorn
The Initiate's Path: A Sea of Holes?
Date: 2012-11-26   By: Thuri Calafia
Where are the holes in your Witchcraft training? Whether self-taught or coven-trained, many practitioners of Wicca and Witchcraft may find that they are still missing pieces of study, which prevents them from serving both themselves and their communities. Thuri Calafia, teacher and author of Initiate and Dedicant, explains.

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