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Ten Things to Take to a Pagan Festival

By Patti Wigington

If you’re attending any sort of Pagan festival – whether it’s an afternoon event with potluck dinner, or a week-long celebration in the woods – there are certain things you should always take along with you. Having these ten items on hand, at a minimum, will help to ensure that you have . . . → Read More: Ten Things to Take to a Pagan Festival

Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing

By Tess Whitehurst

Think you can’t visualize? Not true. When you crave something—say chocolate—you strongly sense chocolate in your mind. Perhaps you sense it through taste, texture, or appearance…even when that chocolate isn’t anywhere in sight. When you’re looking for your cell phone, you hold an image of that cell phone or perhaps a tactile . . . → Read More: Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing

The Sun-Wheel and the Pentacle

By Ian Elliott

The two most prominent symbols in modern Witchcraft are the Sun-Wheel and the Pentacle. The Sun-Wheel is the quartered circle, while the Pentacle is the circled pentagram or five-pointed star. I want to consider the relationship between them.

The Sun-Wheel stands for many things. As the Wheel of the Year, it maps . . . → Read More: The Sun-Wheel and the Pentacle

How to Find and Join a Coven

By Thorn Mooney

[Snip] There are all kinds of covens. Beyond that, there are all kinds of ways to practice witchcraft. Each attracts particular kinds of people with particular interests and goals. Knowing who you are and what you want are key to finding a good match while looking for a group.

Do you want . . . → Read More: How to Find and Join a Coven

The Astral Journey: Where the Mystic and Magician Meet

By K. Herschel

[Snip] General Conception of Astral Projection:

When it comes to Astral Traveling, or Astral Projection, or Traveling in the Spirit Vision or Body of Light (or any other term you prefer) mysticism and magic meet. This meeting is, as almost all such meetings are, an uneasy one. The terrain of this unease . . . → Read More: The Astral Journey: Where the Mystic and Magician Meet

Sorting Out the Sheep from the Goats

By Nick Farrell

[Snip] One of the difficult issues that a modern occult group faces is “who do you let in” which actually comes out as “who don’t you like.” The modern “new age” theory is that everyone should be let in unless you can find a damn fine reason not to. However his is . . . → Read More: Sorting Out the Sheep from the Goats

The Sources of Magical Power, Part Two

By John Michael Greer

Last month’s survey of sources of magical power in the Western tradition covered a lot of ground, and it’s probably going to be helpful to summarize before we proceed. Until the middle years of the nineteenth century, there were broadly speaking two major theories among operative mages about how magic works . . . → Read More: The Sources of Magical Power, Part Two

Pythagoreans and the Golden Dawn

By Nick Farrell

The triangle refers to the supernal triad formed by the Kether, Chokmah Binah spheres but that does not explain the Red Cross. So lets look at something else.

The tetractys was a triangle symbol which was considered holy by the Pythagoreans. It showed the whole of created matter as a series . . . → Read More: Pythagoreans and the Golden Dawn

What Pop Culture Teaches Us about Objects of Power

By Taylor Ellwood

I recently finished playing the DLC for Shadow of Mordor. In one of the DLC’s you get to play as the Elf Lord Celebrimbor, who according to the mythology of Lord of the Rings, forged the rings of power, and helped Sauron forge his Ring. Celebrimbor gets the Ring of Power at . . . → Read More: What Pop Culture Teaches Us about Objects of Power

Guerilla Wizardry: DIY Spiritual Pat(c)hwork

By The Dizzy Wizard

Mainstream religious thought is rife with oppressive doctrine, patriarchy, and bigotry. Global history is colored by the death that deity worship has caused, yet many of those who deny spiritual practice have adapted or acknowledged the beneficial tenets that are professed by most faiths. That is to say, in all things . . . → Read More: Guerilla Wizardry: DIY Spiritual Pat(c)hwork