I’m often told that a deathday sounds “morbid.” But memento mori, y’all. In all seriousness, I came up with the term while adding ancestor’s birthdays to my calendar. I am trying to start a more active ancestor practice, and I thought honoring them on their birthdays would be a great way to start. Then IContinue reading “Thoughts on My Grandma’s First Deathday”
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Urglaawe (Germanic Paganism): Entschtanning and Groundhog Day
Entschtanning is one of several important holiday seasons in the Urglaawe calendar. The word “Entschtanning” means “emerging” and the season lasts for twelve days/nights. It is referred to as the single busiest of all holidays in Urglaawe, and it comes with layers of lore to understand. But much like other Neopagan traditions, it is centeredContinue reading “Urglaawe (Germanic Paganism): Entschtanning and Groundhog Day”
Imbolc and Dairy: Welcoming Brigid into Your Home
It is the beginnings of spring, when the wheel has only begun to turn. This is not the spring of Easter eggs and flowers, however. It is the spring of first birth. It is the spring of milk. Yes, milk.
The Four Centers of Paganism Reimagined
If you ask the same question to 10 witches, you will get 13 answers. This truism has only ripened with age. But when our definitions of Paganism are so diverse, how do we know what Paganism is at all?
Pagan Identity: Terms to Consider
Over the last century or so, Pagans have argued and defined our own terms. Any attempt to describe ourselves is important, but we do not have to agree with them.
Racism in Paganism: The QAnon Guy and the U.S. Capitol
I wanted to write a different article this week. But I feel compelled to discuss a long-standing issue within Heathenry, as well as Paganism as a whole.
The Types of Pagan Books You Need And Why
Most pagans start their journey grabbing a “Beginner’s Guide To…” book, thinking it will contain all the answers. While many introductory pagan books are useful, people find that the more they learn, the more questions they have. I’ve heard it many times: paganism is a religion of research. And, yes, many pagans are — orContinue reading “The Types of Pagan Books You Need And Why”
Divination for the New Year: What Tarot, King Cake, and Vergil Have in Common
The new year is often a time for divination. And people from different times and places have used certain forms of divination specifically to gain insight into their fortunes for the coming year. Most forms of divination are a form of Cleromancy, or the casting of lots. This method has often been used to determineContinue reading “Divination for the New Year: What Tarot, King Cake, and Vergil Have in Common”
Offerings to the Roman-Celtic Horse Goddess Epona: Eponalia
Epona Regina, Lady of Horses, Goddess of the Fields and Stables, we honor you on this feast day! Epona is one my favorite goddesses in the Gaulish pantheon, but like many deities in the Gaulish pantheon, our historical understanding of her is limited. There are several layers of analysis that are ultimately involved when learningContinue reading “Offerings to the Roman-Celtic Horse Goddess Epona: Eponalia”
How Can a New Pagan Celebrate the Winter Solstice?
These are the darkest days of the year. Insofar as we today — and polytheists of the past — felt that it is important to celebrate the return of the sun, we have celebrated, feasted, and made offerings around this time. The word solstice comes from the Latin words meaning “sun” and “to stand still”Continue reading “How Can a New Pagan Celebrate the Winter Solstice?”