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On Jesus as a Gnostic

By Aidan Kelly

Why write about him at all? Because, like it or not, he is the protagonist in the story of Western civilization. You know about him; you have a theory about him, even if it’s that you should ignore him. But, as with most topics, it’s better to be well-informed than to be . . . → Read More: On Jesus as a Gnostic

Do Not Stop Your Devotions

By Dver

Over and over again, I see the same pattern being described on the blogs of various pagans – something bad (or even something good!) happens in their lives, and they let go of most or all of their spiritual practices. They lose a job, get married, fall sick, or just get busy, and . . . → Read More: Do Not Stop Your Devotions

Gender in Kabbalah

By Judith Laura

I first started delving into both Jewish Kabbalah and Hermetic Qabalah in the 1990s, after friends told me these forms of mysticism included both female and male representations of divinity and therefore were gender equitable. They were right about the first part: Kabbalah/Qabalah contain both divine masculine and feminine imaging and male . . . → Read More: Gender in Kabbalah

Druid Thoughts: Beyond Novicehood

By Nimue Brown

When you start out as a Pagan, or as a follower of any Pagan path, it’s not difficult to find reading material, both online and in the form of books. While some of that can be contradictory and confusing, on the whole getting started is not that difficult these days. Then comes . . . → Read More: Druid Thoughts: Beyond Novicehood

Ten Reasons Not to Become Pagan

By Patti Wigington

People become Pagans or Wiccans for a variety of reasons. Most of those reasons are pretty good – sometimes it involves a connection to the divine, a sense of coming home, or even just a gradual transformation. However, there are plenty of reasons that aren’t so great. If yours appear on this . . . → Read More: Ten Reasons Not to Become Pagan

Apocalyptic Witchcraft, by Peter Grey

Reviewed in Living Traditions Magazine

Apocalyptic Witchcraft offers a potent vision of witchcraft for a dark age, beautifully written in a direct if not poetic form, avoiding clichés and modern forms. It is not a book of spells or a guide to this or that school because the whole text itself exudes sorcery. It is . . . → Read More: Apocalyptic Witchcraft, by Peter Grey

Deity: Both Young and Ancient

By Jason Mankey

[Snip] If you were to ask the average Pagan what sort of deities they worship you might get a response like “the old gods” or “the gods of ancient paganism,” but that’s not entirely true. Many Pagans worship relatively new or young gods; figures that when originally written about weren’t seen as . . . → Read More: Deity: Both Young and Ancient

Time to Listen to Your Intuition

By Donald Michael Kraig

Over a decade ago I was feeling frustrated over seeing the way most Westerners thought about Tantra. If you’re like most people, Tantra is “that sex stuff.” Or perhaps you know a bit more about it and thought that it was all about sacred sexuality and extending periods of sexual bliss. . . . → Read More: Time to Listen to Your Intuition

How to Center

By Patti Wigington

You may at some point hear someone in the Pagan community — or in a book, or on a website — refer to the practice of centering. Much like grounding and shielding, in many traditions it’s crucial that you learn to do this before you begin working magic. Why? Because it’s the . . . → Read More: How to Center

Mabon Countdown–Mabon Incense

By Patti Wigington

As the Wheel of the Year turns with each season, you may wish to use different types and scents of incense for your ceremonies and rituals. While incense isn’t mandatory for a good ritual, it certainly can help to set the mood. To make your a blend of incense for Mabon, the . . . → Read More: Mabon Countdown–Mabon Incense