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The Coming Day…Brigid and the Spring-Signs

By Byron Ballard

As sure as clockwork, every 6 weeks, we Pagan folk have a holy day. We have one coming up this weekend, in fact. It is generally called Imbolc, an Irish-derived word that means “in the belly” because it is the time when the lambing begins and the ewes’ milk comes in. In . . . → Read More: The Coming Day…Brigid and the Spring-Signs

The Egyptian Color Code

By Anita Stratos

If you walked into an Egyptian museum exhibit today, what would you see? You’d probably marvel at the beauty of the handwork and skills that created such intricate pieces of jewelry. You’d carefully inspect the painting and carvings on various objects such as amulets and pottery. And you’d be impressed with the . . . → Read More: The Egyptian Color Code

Teaching Druidry

By Nimue Brown

We all do this, every time we speak or act in ritual, whenever we blog, or exchange ideas. The scope to learn from one another exists in every interaction. It’s also there, continually, in our experience of all facets of life, but for today I want to focus on the human.

When . . . → Read More: Teaching Druidry

The Charites

By Rebecca Buchanan

Being a devotee of *cough* “lesser-known” Deities does occasionally suck. In my case, while I honor well-known Deities such as Hermes and The Muses and Artemis and Hekate, I am also very devoted to The Charites.

The usual response to that statement is “who?”

If I said “The Graces” instead, would that . . . → Read More: The Charites

Brighid’s Healing Sword: Imbolc

By Robin Fennelly

This turn of the Greater Wheel moves us towards a place of newness and the quickening of what was brought to light at Yule, the Winter Solstice. We stand at the mid-mark between the act of revealing (Winter Solstice) the fertility that lay dormant from the triple harvest and the action of . . . → Read More: Brighid’s Healing Sword: Imbolc

Cassandra’s Colleagues

Prophetesses in the Neo-Assyrian Empire

By Beate Pongratz-Leisten

Abstract: Generally women tend to be excluded from the record of ancient historiography. However, texts pertaining to the cult show that via a variety of channels – dream oracle, prophecy, necromacy – women could gain access to political agency and participate in power. While the structure and . . . → Read More: Cassandra’s Colleagues

Sir Walter Scott and Witches

By Zan

Witches everywhere should pay an enormous debt of thanks to the famed Romantic Scots novelist Sir Walter Scott, who out of curiosity and initiative, made it his business to research the Scots Witch-Trials of some two centuries prior. He eventually published his findings (initially written as a series of letters to a friend), . . . → Read More: Sir Walter Scott and Witches

A Thousand Invisible Cords That Cannot Be Broken

By Lupa

[Snip] Most recently I watched The Secret of the Savannah, one of a four-part BBC series highlighting just a tiny bit of the intricate webbing of several complex ecosystems. In this episode the interconnection among the animals, plants, and even base chemical components of grasslands in the Americas, Africa, and Australia were explored, . . . → Read More: A Thousand Invisible Cords That Cannot Be Broken

When Ravens Beat their Black Image

By Christopher Howse

A dragon biting its own tail is carved on the remains of a Saxon cross at Ramsbury in Wiltshire, where the parish church is dedicated to the Holy Cross. Before the Norman conquest it was a minster with a bishop.

The dragon writhes like the curly decorations in the Lindisfarne . . . → Read More: When Ravens Beat their Black Image

The Practice of Prayer

By T. Thorn Coyle

Several years ago, I was in a restaurant and someone at the table said, “Well, at least you won’t pray before dinner!” I laughed and said, “That is where you are wrong. I always give thanks before I eat!” When our plates arrived, I paused, opened the palms of my hands . . . → Read More: The Practice of Prayer