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Pagan and Wiccan Festival Etiquette

By Patti Wigington

It’s no secret that Pagans love a good festival. At certain times of the year, there are public events all over the world for Wiccans, Heathens, Druids, and other Pagans to attend. However, just because there’s no set of Pagan rules doesn’t mean there aren’t a few basic guidelines you should follow . . . → Read More: Pagan and Wiccan Festival Etiquette

What the Heck Is an Athame?

By Thea Sabin

I’m new to Wicca, and everyone says I should get a special knife called an “athuhmee” or something like that. Do I have to have one to be a Wiccan? Knives are kind of intimidating.

An athame is a knife used in Wiccan ritual. The name is usually pronounced “A-thuh-may” or “a-THAW-me,” . . . → Read More: What the Heck Is an Athame?

The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Introduction

By Elani Temperance

Hellenismos (Ἑλλήνισμος)–also known as ‘Dodekatheism’, ‘Hellenism’, and ‘Hellenic Polytheism’ or ‘Hellenic Reconstructionism’–is the modern practice of the ancient Hellenic (Greek) religion. It focusses on the worship of the Twelve Olympic Gods–Zeus, Hera, Athena, Hēphaistos, Apollon, Artemis, Demeter, Hestia, Hermes, Ares, Poseidon and Aphrodite–along with the entire pantheon of Hellenic Gods, known collectively . . . → Read More: The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Introduction

Ten Must Haves for Your Tarot Altar

By Lilith Dorsey

Tarot Cards have a life and an energy all their own. Some people think I am insane for creating rituals that feed, bless, and protect them. They can think whatever they want, it has been with the benefit of over 30 years experience reading cards that I wholeheartedly believe that your tarot . . . → Read More: Ten Must Haves for Your Tarot Altar

Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)

By Caer Jones

Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)

Personal shrines are the backbone of a devotional practice. They are a physical manifestation of the relationship between the Power and the person, and as such serve as a site for honoring, contemplation, meditation, petitioning, and connection.

Not that you can’t do all . . . → Read More: Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)

Building Woo Spaces – Altars and Shrines (Pt. 1)

By Caer Jones

[Snip] Aren’t altars and shrines the same thing?

Nope! It gets confusing, I know, especially when people so often use the terms interchangeably, but they ARE different. Basically, altars are primarily working spaces and shrines are primarily devotional spaces.

Altars

We use the term “altar” as both a collective term when talking . . . → Read More: Building Woo Spaces – Altars and Shrines (Pt. 1)

Dirty Druids and Magical Cleansing

By Nimue Brown

Cleansing is a concept that comes up a lot around magic practice. I think there’s much mileage in thinking about what we might want to cleanse, and why, and how that relates to your world view. In witchcraft it tends to be about the removal of negative influences or unwanted energy that . . . → Read More: Dirty Druids and Magical Cleansing

Offerings

A helpful guide for getting that special spirit in your life the perfect gift

By Brennos

Anyone that works with gods or spirits knows that making offerings ends up becoming a large part of regular practice. Offerings are one of the main methods for the living to make contact with and maintain relationship to the . . . → Read More: Offerings

Door and Garden Shrines

By Elani Temperance

“Hi Elani! I have a question for you.. I need to have a shrine by my home’s door to protect it, but I don’t know which Theoi it should be for? I’ve heard something about Zeus Herkeios..? can you help me? Thank you!”

Ancient Hellenic homes were simple structures, made from clay, . . . → Read More: Door and Garden Shrines

Working on Your Druidry

By Nimue Brown

When I first came to Druidry in my twenties, I was a serious, diligent student. I read widely, thought deeply, practiced deliberately and pushed very hard to try and be a Druid. With hindsight, I think this is an important opening gambit, and that coming in wholehearted and willing to make radical . . . → Read More: Working on Your Druidry