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Druid Magic

By Joanna van der Hoeven

Druids aren’t associated with magic in the same way that other Pagan traditions, such as Wicca or Witchcraft seem to be. Yet I’ve found that in every spiritual path, there are elements of magic contained within that are often very similar in nature.

What is Druid magic? Do Druids cast . . . → Read More: Druid Magic

Taula and Kaula Wahine, Prophetesses of the Pacific

By Max Dashu

[Snip] The prophetess Pao was consulted by chief Kihapiilani, whose elder brother had forced him into exile from Maui. Before he could set out on the long voyage to Hawaii, he had to first get his wife’s permission to leave: “As soon as he was allowed to go [!] Kihapiilani started for . . . → Read More: Taula and Kaula Wahine, Prophetesses of the Pacific

Welcome to Our Circle

By Nimue Brown

In Druid rituals, and other Pagan gatherings, we tend to start by inviting other beings in. The powers of the four directions, the three worlds, the spirits of place, ancestors, perhaps our gods. “Hail and welcome” we call out in cheerful unison. I gather other traditions will summon the guardians of the . . . → Read More: Welcome to Our Circle

Quick and Easy Daily Divination

By Deborah Blake

Lots of people read their horoscope every morning, but for many of us, that is the only bit of “checking in” we do. After all, few people have the time (or inclination) to do a full tarot spread with their morning coffee. And mostly, we don’t need that much detailed information. . . . → Read More: Quick and Easy Daily Divination

Macha: She Would Not Stand Down

By Morpheus Ravenna

[Snip] Can Macha be both life and land, as well as battle and blood? Must the Gods necessarily be rational and consistent in Their qualities and spheres of action? If They’re not, how do we identify Them? How do we filter and interpret the information we receive from history?

For myself, I . . . → Read More: Macha: She Would Not Stand Down

Spiritual Ancestors as Heroes

By Frater Barrabbas Tiresius

Recently I’ve had a very unpleasant experience arguing with an occult pundit (Nick Farrell) who basically called me a naïve fool because I honor my spiritual ancestors and treat them as heroes. Because I celebrate and honor my spiritual ancestors and treat them with a certain amount of reverence I . . . → Read More: Spiritual Ancestors as Heroes

Kings, Chieftains and Public Cult in pre-Christian Scandinavia

By Lasse C. A. Sonne

Abstract: The article addresses the question of the performance of pre-Christian public cult by political leaders in early medieval Scandinavia. This question is traditionally discussed within the larger theoretical frame of sacral kingship in early medieval Scandinavia. In this article, the key contemporary evidence is presented and discussed with the . . . → Read More: Kings, Chieftains and Public Cult in pre-Christian Scandinavia

The Myth of Sísyphos

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] Sísyphos (Σίσυφος) was a king; the king of Ephyra, the area now known as Corinth to be exact. For those who enjoy figuring out the convolutd family trees of the ancient kings, he was the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly and Enarete, and the father of Glaucus, Ornytion, Almus, and . . . → Read More: The Myth of Sísyphos

Druid Thoughts: Our Own Priests and Priestesses

By Nimue Brown

One thought popular across Paganism is that we are all our own priests and priestesses: the idea that we do not need to look to anyone else to mediate between us and the divine or to tell us what to do. However, to reduce the priest/ess role down to dogma and god-bothering . . . → Read More: Druid Thoughts: Our Own Priests and Priestesses

Why Would a Pagan Have a Bible?

By Patti Wigington

A reader says, “I’ve got a weird situation and I need some advice. I’ve been Pagan for a long time, and I’ve made a point of studying a variety of religious paths just because I think it’s a great way to expand my knowledge base – plus it helps out a lot . . . → Read More: Why Would a Pagan Have a Bible?