Midwinter Feast of Light: Reviving the Magical Foods of Imbolc

I love the ancient feast days of the pagan calendar. Celebrating the turn of the “great wheel of the year” through the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter days, these “holy days” are the origin of most of our modern holidays. And no matter what ancestral culture you descend from, it’s a pretty safe bet that…

On Diversity—Adler

The spiritual world is like the natural world-only diversity will save it. Just as the health of a forest or fragrant meadow can be measured by the number of different insects and plants and creatures that successfully make it their home, so only by an extraordinary abundance of disparate spiritual and philosophic paths will human…

Yuletide Cheering Up

by Cait Johnson The days are short. The nights are cold. The world looks dead. We need cheering up. And so we have Pagan Yule logs and flickering menorahs and glistening Christmas trees and Kwanzaa feasts. But even though many of us treasure magical childhood memories of softly-falling snow and brightly-wrapped gifts and Santa on…

Isis, Goddess of Integration

by Annie Finch When you hear the acronym “ISIS” lately, you recognize it as an acronym of terror and brutality. This is a shame, because “Isis” is a word that has much to offer us. Isis was an ancient Egyptian goddess worshipped all across the Mediterranean and beyond, and now is the time of year…

Magical Daylily Recipe

by Cait Johnson It’s the season for daylilies, those exuberant orange trumpets waving to us from roadsides as we drive past, or tangling in blowsy abandon in our yards. Many people don’t know that each blossom only lives for one day (hence the name), but this gives the flower a special poignant beauty. Years ago,…

Craft Your Own

They call it witchcraft on purpose. An act or process of shaping something as you go, not accepting a readymade. A sturdy, lovely boat to carry you over the broad, wild expanse of mind, life, time, space and all possible universes. How exciting to claim witchcraft as one’s path. Exciting and responsible. Claim it. Name…

Tea and Poultices for the End of Winter

by iele Paloumpis In a recent post, I wrote about my experience with back pain and muscle spasms caused by disability. Since then I’ve been hibernating, retreating indoors and away from the New York City cold as much as possible. My hope is to save myself from the bone chilling winds that cause my muscles…

Biography: Merlin Stone Remembered

by Eva Yaa Asantewaa Merlin Stone Remembered: Her Life and Works by David B. Axelrod, Carol F. Thomas, Lenny Schneir and Merlin Stone (Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., 2014; 384 pages) ISBN: 9780738740911 Merlin Stone’s research into ancient Goddess civilizations and spiritual beliefs (as author of When God Was A Woman and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood) and her prodigious creativity on the feminist…

Film: As Above, So Below

by C.F. Cooper When a horror movie brands itself with the title As Above, So Below, you’ve got to worry that it’s going to take a saying potent with meaning for neopagans and put it—and us—through a slanderous mill. Awful as this film is, it doesn’t do that; instead it demeans a sacred journey that every…