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
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tiffany Lazic, author of the new The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year.
Ever since I heard the definition for magic as, "the art of changing consciousness at will," I have loved it, cleaving to the words as a reliable compass by which to steer through stormy waters. Many years ago, when I first embarked upon a Pagan path, I pondered how to position myself in relation to magic. Did I really believe in it? Do spells work? Does the unseen world exist? Can I access it?
In my line of work, I see change every day. I see individuals who have formed certain beliefs out of experiences from many years past, who