Category Archives: Spirituality

What Harvest Will You Contribute?

Join the harvest of hundred fields, hearty and tameAll going back to one single grainOffer light to the coming day, inspire a childWater the field, surrender to the earthWater the field, surrender to the earth I cannot get this Nightwish … Continue reading

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Ancient Rituals and Practices Made New

“In my estimation. a middle path exists between abject gullibility and mocking cynicism regarding the ‘Elder ways.’ Yes, much of contemporary Paganism, whether of the North, South, East, or West, has been recovered in recent times, albeit in many cases … Continue reading

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Ancestor Ritual – Welcoming Circle

Here’s the ritual we did at Sunday night’s Welcoming Circle. It’s perfect for the upcoming month when the veil between the world is at its thinnest! ANCESTOR RITUAL CASTING THE CIRCLE—(Llewellyn’s Sabbat Essentials, adapted) Take up your wand or athame. … Continue reading

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Memorial Rite for Tree Higgins

My friend and co-facilitator of The Welcoming Circle, Theresa “Tree” Higgins passed away on the Summer Solstice. Due to scheduling conflicts a gathering in her honor was postponed until yesterday. I was asked to conduct the ritual and with the … Continue reading

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Marking Time, Part 2

I gave yesterday’s post a little more thought and came up with a theory as to why many Christians are, unfortunately, antagonistic to their Pagan brothers and sisters. If Christians view time in a linear fashion, then everything new that comes … Continue reading

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Marking Time, Part 1

In his insightful book, Pagans and Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience, Gus DiZerega explores the different ways Pagans and Christians mark time.  Regarding Pagans, he says “The Pagan view of cyclic time leads us to focusing more on process than … Continue reading

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Candles, Prayer and Magic

A Christian goes into her local Roman Catholic Church. Before worship, she lights a candle for a sick friend and prays to Jesus, asking for healing. She believes her prayer will help to make her friend better…and it does. A … Continue reading

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Home Altars International

I must admit I’ve watched more than my fair share of HGTV. I love home improvement shows because our houses are sacred places. They become sanctuaries where we should feel safe and secure. The colors we choose and the way … Continue reading

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Universal Characteristics of Candle Magic

Ever since the first prehistoric humans learned how to harness fire for warmth, protection and cooking food, we’ve been in awe of the power of the flame.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s a blazing campfire in the woods, prayer candles … Continue reading

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Sophia: Lady Wisdom

Sophia is the Greek word for “wisdom.” She has her roots in Hellenistic philosophy and Platonism, but eventually became a central idea in Gnostic Christianity, Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism, among others. My favorite image of Sophia comes from Proverbs … Continue reading

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