Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Linda Raedisch, author of Night of the Witches, Old Magic of Christmas, and the new Lore of Old Elfland.
[caption id="attachment_16705" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Rumpelwichtelbaum at the Viking Museum in Haithabu, Germany.[/caption]
When my editor asked me if I had any special wishes for the cover of Lore of Old Elfland, I told her what I didn't want: elves. If there absolutely had to be elves on the cover, I said, they should be well camouflaged, covered in lichen, tucked away among the roots of trees. Then I thought of what I did want: a tree, and not just any tree, but one particular European beech now known in our family
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jason Mankey, author of The Witch's Book of Shadows, The Witch's Athame, and the new Transformative Witchcraft.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I generally reply with, "Write Pagan books and do some other Pagan stuff." When talking to people outside of the magickal community, this often leads to questions such as, "Just what is a Pagan?" I think we've mostly moved beyond people equating Paganism with the imagery of the 1980's Satanic Panic, though I'm not sure it will ever completely go away.
Today, when dealing with preconceived notions of Paganism I find that it generally falls into two camps. There are many who equate
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by John Beckett, author of the new The Path of Paganism.
One of the most universal spiritual practices is prayer. Whatever else it may or may not do, prayer keeps us connected to that which we pray and that for which we pray. It serves as an affirmation of our values and our priorities, and at least when it's done thoughtfully and reverently, reminds us that much of what we enjoy comes to us as a legacy from our ancestors and by the grace of the Gods.
My usual routine is to pray four times a day: before starting the day, before lunch, before dinner, and before going to bed. These are times when it's easy to stop what I'm doing for a few
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Storm Faerywolf, author of the new Betwixt & Between.
Magic is the heart of witchcraft. The casting of spells, the making of charms, the speaking of incantations… Whatever the particular method, or practice, or tradition, one thing has remained constant in my years practicing the Craft: the shifting of awareness into the ecstatic. Famed occultist Dion Fortune notably defined magic as "the art of changing consciousness at will." This definition has served as a basis for the practices and philosophies of many successive witches and occultists since.
Often when the new student begins in the Craft we are inclined to assume that whatever