The Shamanic Layer in Tarot

by Eva Yaa Asantewaa What insights do you feel in your soul of souls truly need to be brought to consciousness? What questions would tease out those insights? What shape or pattern would nest those questions elegantly? -James Wells, Circle Ways & Evolutionary Tarot   A few decades at the Tarot game have taught me that layouts help…

Opening the Gate– Aquarius 2016

by Andrea Goodman Now we have entered into Aquarius, air sign ruled by Uranus, carrying the ideals of equality, collective well-being, humanitarian values, and the honoring of each person’s uniqueness. It is the sign of a new vision for society, of new inventions, of breakthrough in the solving of old problems or limiting beliefs. The…

Capricorn 2015-16: Embraced by the Mother

  by Andrea Goodman   Capricorn begins with the Winter Solstice and carries us into the New Year. It is the darkest time of the year and the time when the Earth is laid bare. We see the essential form of her rocky bones, much like an old woman whose flesh has been thinned and…

Matter and Spirit, Particle and Wave September 2015

by Andrea Goodman As beautiful and fascinating as our world is, with its amazing landscapes, plant and animal species, and varieties of human behavior, we know there is more than our physical reality. We dream, we imagine, we sense and remember in realms that cannot be easily described or touched and tasted. We know that…

My mom doesn’t approve…

I am a Christian but I am really interested in Wicca and am trying to explore that. However, my mom doesn’t approve. Any advice? —K.L. Dear K.L., You could do some research, then sit down with her and ask her why she doesn’t approve—and then research again based on what she says so you can…

Introducing “Ask a Witch”

Do you have questions about what it means to be a witch?  Dr. Annie Finch, founder of Poetry Witch, has lived the path of goddess and earth-centered spirituality for almost 25 years.  Annie is an initiated Green Witch in the tradition of Z. Budapest, a second-level reiki master. and a gifted intuitive and energy healer. A celebrated poet, performer,…

Scorpio Makes Room for Death

by Andrea Goodman A scorpion is deadly. The ancients saw a scorpion in the stars for the Sun’s passage at this darkening time of year, and named it Scorpio. In our modern culture we celebrate Halloween, scaring ourselves as best we can, trying on the costumes of death. Where I live in New England, November…

The Goddess in the Groves of Academe

by Josh Davis Sometimes I think my years of graduate school have squelched my faith. My colleagues who are people of faith talk about their beliefs with shrugs and self-deprecating smiles. Most of them are Christians, or so I gather from their quick mentions of bible study and Sunday service. I feel bad for these…

Brighid, Heart-Healing Celtic Goddess

by iele Paloumpis The Celtic Goddess Saint Brighid has always resonated with me, especially as someone who has survived trauma, identifies as queer and transgender, and sometimes wears an eye-patch to aid my vision. Old lore has it that half of Brighid’s face was considered beautiful, while the other half was thought to be quite…