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Tell a Fairy Day

By BadWitch

I do love fairy stories, so when I discovered that February 26 is Tell a Fairy Day in America, I had to pick this day for telling fairy stories as The Bad Witch’s Festival of the Week.

Fairy stories are far more than just enchanting tales for children. They are full of symbolism . . . → Read More: Tell a Fairy Day

Beltaine Rituals & Reference

Beltaine – May Eve Various works from: Tryskelion

Beltaine is one of two Celtic fire festivals, a cross-quarter sabbat, and is sometimes referred to as Cetsamhain, meaning “opposite Samhain,” because it falls opposite to Samhain in the Wheel of the Year. Likewise, where Samhain is a festival recognizing and honoring the necessity of Death, Beltaine . . . → Read More: Beltaine Rituals & Reference

The Chocolate Ritual

Copyright 1993, John Shepard, Performed at Dragonfest, August 1993

Materials required: On the altar there are brown candles; a Tootsie Roll (the great big one -as the athame;) a large glass with milk in it, (the chalice;) A small dish of Nestle’s Quik and a spoon; a small dish of chocolate sprinkles; a plate of . . . → Read More: The Chocolate Ritual

Burning Man: Religious Event or Sheer Hedonism?

Ten Questions for Lee Gilmore

Burning Man started as an impromptu gathering among a handful of friends on a San Francisco beach in 1986 and was moved to an obscure corner of Nevada called the Black Rock Desert in 1990, where it eventually grew into an internationally renowned event that draws close to 50,000 . . . → Read More: Burning Man: Religious Event or Sheer Hedonism?

Pagan festivals, & an essay on fire circle dynamics

By Sara Balz

As diverse as we are, there is very little that binds us together as a shared community. We may have our covens or groves or groups, or we may be alone in our practice occasionally attending public local events sometimes, if ever. I think all this diversity is great, lots of creative . . . → Read More: Pagan festivals, & an essay on fire circle dynamics

The ABCs of Pagan Festivals

By Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson

The season of Pagan festivals is upon us! From coast to coast, they stretch in grand array, each with something unique to offer, so many to choose from within your grasp. Here is a festival alphabet to make your selection easier and ensure that you have the experience your heart desires.

. . . → Read More: The ABCs of Pagan Festivals

Mabon

Mabon _________ Fall Equinox

From: Tryskelion

The Autumnal Equinox, the second of the Harvest Festivals, is the Pagan rite of Thanksgiving, also known as “Harvest Home.” It’s a Sabbat of celebration for the abundance of the harvest; a time meant for us to give thanks through song, dance, and feasts.

This is a time . . . → Read More: Mabon

PantheaCon Day 3

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

My pace at PantheaCon today was far more sedate. I slept in late-ish after staying up late last night, and just barely managed to get to the 11:00am “Towards A Pagan Psychology: Earth Based Spirituality & Therapy” panel. I don’t have the names of the participants, but the conversation was deeply fascinating. . . . → Read More: PantheaCon Day 3

Self-Dedication Ritual

by Leslie Ravenwing

Back when I discovered Wicca, I was told by so many people that only a witch can make a witch. In other words, you had to be initiated by another Pagan or Wiccan to truly be a Pagan/Wiccan/Witch. That is not so. You can go before the Gods and tell Them yourself . . . → Read More: Self-Dedication Ritual

PantheaCon Day 1

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

What a day. My previous experiences with groups of Pagans couldn’t have prepared me for the sensory overload that is PantheaCon. It is literally jam-packed with Pagans of all kinds everywhere you look. No sooner had I arrived, it seemed, that I was meeting and greeting with folks I’ve only spoken with . . . → Read More: PantheaCon Day 1