Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Sophia and Denny Sargent, authors of the new Book of Dog Magic.
We have been dog lovers our whole lives, and have found many remarkable myths and folklore about them. As spring emerges, the one myth that really comes to mind to share is the "First Dog" myth told by several Native American tribes. Not only does this myth get to the heart of the special and very ancient relationship between human beings and the dogs that help us in so many ways, it also reminds us that they are our partners, not our servants.
Many researchers believe that without the help of wolves that bonded with ancient prehistoric peoples, we might not have survived as a
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Marquis, author of A Witch's World of Magick, The Witch's Bag of Tricks, the forthcoming Modern Spellcaster's Tarot (available in September), and co-author of the new Witchy Mama.
The weather is warming and the flowers are blooming, inviting us to get outdoors and bask in the beauty of nature. For parents, it's a time of relief as we can finally give ourselves as well as our children that much-needed fresh air and freedom we long for after the often insatiable boredom of huddling indoors throughout winter's bitter chill. Spending time outside centers us and relaxes us, recharges and rejuvenates us. It keeps us in touch with the
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by J.A. Kent, PhD, author of the new Goddess and the Shaman.
In his seminal book Voices of the First Day (1991), Robert Lawlor writes about an experience he had while visiting Arizona in the company of a Cherokee man. The man—Willy Whitefeather—sat playing his flute to a nearby group of large rocks. When Lawlor asked why he did this, Willy replied that the stones were like tired, lonely, and sad old people that lived in a hollow world because the white world had become so blind and selfish. White people did not understand that all things have consciousness—even stones. Willy explained that rocks contain silicone crystals, through which
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Michael Furie, author of Supermarket Magic, Spellcasting for Beginners, and the new Spellcasting: Beyond the Basics.
When discussing the subject of spiritual or magical purification with other members of the Pagan community, I've noticed that two main points of view usually dominate the conversations: those that faithfully complete the now-standard steps of cleansing/purification prior to every ritual and those that deem it as entirely unnecessary. For those that do not feel a need for the cleansing, the most frequent statement I have heard is something to the effect of, "Since we view the earth as sacred, it seems silly to 'purify' the