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By Yvonne Aburrow

Pagans, occultists and magical folk often talk about energy in a really hand-wavy way which is doubtless very irritating to proper physicists. I have certainly done this myself, for example in my previous post on deities.

So what do we mean by this “energy”?

I think most Pagans are agreed that the . . . → Read More: Energy

The Rabbit and the Hare

By SilentOwl

The belief of animism is integral to tribal belief, animism is the understanding that all things in nature possess a spirit and presence of their own, so that rocks trees and the land were things to be learned from – as well as the ancestral spirits, who acted as guides for the future . . . → Read More: The Rabbit and the Hare

Why Evocation Isn’t the One True Way to Do Magic

By Taylor Elwood

I love it when people make arguments that a particular technique is the one true way that magic works. Or make the argument that the only way something works is through the intercession of spirits. Let me be clear, I do evocations, invocations, and work with spirits, but not all the magic . . . → Read More: Why Evocation Isn’t the One True Way to Do Magic

Pagan Groups: Why Not?

By John Beckett

A couple weeks ago I blogged about the need for Pagans to work in groups. While it generated minimal comments here, there were many more on Facebook, Google+, and in private communication. A few were positive, but most were skeptical if not outright negative. The complaints generally fell into five categories and . . . → Read More: Pagan Groups: Why Not?

Dry, Draw and Shrink-The Magic of Astringents

By Louise Harmon

Recently during a hike to check out the awakening green of Oak Bottom Wildlife Refuge with a few like-minded plant-lovers, our discussion turned to the subject of astringents. Stopping at a young Oak (Quercus garryana), our leader shared how a decoction of Oak bark could be used as an oral rinse for . . . → Read More: Dry, Draw and Shrink-The Magic of Astringents

Is Having A Teacher A Prerequisite For Success In Magick?

By M.C.

[Snip] Hey M! Do you read the Golden Dawn blog? I wanted to ask what you think of his post from a while back about people “playing at magic”, and about how it is impossible to succeed without a formal teacher, how there are no successful or significant self taught magicians and all . . . → Read More: Is Having A Teacher A Prerequisite For Success In Magick?

The Witches’ Garter

By Glaux

The magical garter has significance dating back to prehistoric times. Cave art in eastern Spain that dates to the Paleolithic period shows a sorcerer performing in a ritual while wearing nothing but a pair of garters just below his knees.

In many traditions the garter is worn only by a Witch Queen, or . . . → Read More: The Witches’ Garter

Seekers and Guides: A Coven Leader’s Primer

By Sable Aradia

I started a new teaching coven a few days ago. I wasn’t going to for quite some time. Coven leadership is a lot of work, and it’s an incredible emotional and temporal investment. But the Lady sent a bunch of eager new people my way, and I realized that Diana was reminding . . . → Read More: Seekers and Guides: A Coven Leader’s Primer

Pendulum Dowsing and Divination

By Tressabelle

A pendulum can be made from a crystal, ring, pendant, key, or other object of suitable weight (at least three ounces)- attached to a chain or threaded on a string. My first exposure to pendulum use was at a family baby shower; the use of my aunt’s wedding ring to determine the sex . . . → Read More: Pendulum Dowsing and Divination

Deities and Divinity

By Yvonne Aburrow

There has been a lot of talk about the nature of deities on Patheos Pagan blogs recently – for example an excellent on article on Raise the Horns about the way that deities change over the centuries.

This makes sense to me – I am a big fan of process theology, which . . . → Read More: Deities and Divinity