Library
Poems and Prose
Ritual

Wedding Chants

The following chants can be chanted or sung around the circle before or after the wedding or handfasting rite begins or during a procession. In our time of joy and plenty We will celebrate together In our time of pain and fear We will comfort one another. The road you travel Has brought you to […]

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Holy Days
Uncategorized

Midwinter Musings

I’ve been pretty grumpy lately, frustrated with the fact that I miss the Sun’s whole show since it rises as I walk into work and sets before I walk out the door. A few days ago, however, it snowed. Oh, I griped and I moaned as I made my way to work behind the salt […]

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Community
Family

Watch it Buddy! My Mom’s a Christian

While Pagans like to maintain a reputation, at least among ourselves, of being open minded, accepting and non-judgemental, I have repeatedly found myself in the uncomfortable position of defending Christianity against my fellows. This invariably leads to me being accused of being Christian myself, which puts me on the defensive and later has me wondering […]

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Uncategorized

The Nature of Nature and Shakespear’s Bastards

Once upon a time I was reading King Lear, which isn’t my favorite bit of Shakespeare, but it’s right near the top and I got thinking about Edmund, the bastard son of the Duke who says this: “Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law My services are bound. Why bastard? wherefor base? When my dimensions […]

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Community

Imposing a Magickal Moral Code (and they Tyranny of Harm None)

I hear it all the time “Harm none”. It has nothing to do with me, but I hear it all the time. Because Wicca is the best marketed of modern magico-religious paths, its Rede is trotted out whenever a moral dilemma comes up, regardless of whether anyone involved is Wiccan. Never mind that the Rede […]

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Library
Poems and Prose

Tir Na Nog

Tir na n-Og, Land of the young Far away across the sea Part the waves, oh Mannanan Show Tir na n-Og to me Was a maid in Tir na n-Og Ever young and fair to see Queen of the young, in Tir na n-Og Far away across the sea You shall not wed, her father […]

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Book of Shadows
Devotions
Holy Days
Ritual

Rite of Awakening

The ancients celebrated the end of the barren season, when Persephone returned and Demeter deigned to bless the land with fertility again, and so do we. The barren season to the ancients was the dry summer season, so she travels in opposite directions for us and she’s gone quite a bit longer, too. In the […]

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