Names and Magick
One of the strongest aspects of magick is the use of names. By this I mean the use of one word or phrase to represent something much grander.
For example, if someone were to mention my name, you might think of a blogger, a writer, a workshop leader, a hypnotherapist, an occultist, a magician, a Tantric, a musician, or something else. Perhaps you might think of several of those things. To me, my name is a representation of all of those things and more.
The same is true of designing a word to represent a magickal goal. You don't have to think of "After doing a divination to show a positive outcome of doing a ritual, I'll be doing that planned rite to obtain $1,000 to
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Alaric Albertsson, author of Travels Through Middle Earth, Wyrdworking, and the new To Walk a Pagan Path.
We are all familiar with the rhetorical expression, "Is your glass half full, or half empty?" The question, of course, can be answered both ways, illustrating how a given situation can be perceived in more than one way by different people.
When it comes to Pagan spirituality, we each have the choice of approaching life from either of these perspectives. Unfortunately, far too many people today are "half empties:" their focus is on what is lacking in their lives, rather than on gratitude and celebration of their blessings. Their
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Clea Danaan, author of the new Living Earth Devotional and Sacred Land.
If you've been paying attention to the current state of the planet, you may be struggling with a pervading sense of doom. Not only do all signs point to dangerous heat, crazy storms, drought, famine, fire, and pestilence—now, not in some future world of our grandchildren's—but there is an added layer of pain for Pagans. This blessed earth, our sacred Mother, is hurting. As Pagans, we feel this pain. We cannot hide behind the idea that science will save us. It might. But in the meantime, our sacred earth is in turmoil. Nor can we hide behind an idea that our religion
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Cliff Seruntine, author of Seasons of the Sacred Earth.
Some say enchantment is only a fancy, a carry over from times long past when our ancestors knew no better. Others say enchantment is a tool and can be shaped to serve their own ends. But there are those who say it is something else altogether—the very essence of life and wonder; a vital link to mystery and wisdom. Come to know it and it will enrich how one approaches life, from the chores of day-to-day to how we interact with the numinous.
The shamans of aboriginal folk, the wise men and women of old Europe, and even the common folk of the distant past (before urbanization drew