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
Tantra? It's that sex stuff, right?
Chances are you've heard of Tantra. If you're involved in occultism, you've probably heard something like "it's an Eastern form of sex magick." If you're more involved in what might be called popular New Age beliefs, you've probably heard that Tantra is about having long periods of ecstatic sex. Either way, Tantra is still "that sex stuff." If you're into sex stuff you've probably looked at the "pop" books on Tantra with cute names published by enormous super-publishers. Otherwise, chances are you've primarily avoided it.
When I first started studying occultism I ignored Tantra for a different reason. I was simply following what I thought was my
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jane Meredith, author of Rituals of Celebration.
Many of the most powerful times I've had in ritual have been during celebrations for one of the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year. Moments of powerful community; of ecstatic spiritual revelation; of deep self-knowledge and of pure embodied joy as I saw, felt, touched, and lived the divine as it shone through myself, my son, my friends, or even complete strangers. Yet there's an awkwardness about sharing these things, or about deliberately journeying into the depths of these festivals. They often remain as simple gatherings while the work of personal transformation, political action, and