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Top Essays of 2014
Sacred Space Conference
by Caroline Kenner [Wvox Sponsor] [7,308 reads]
Here I was, in the opening ritual of Sacred Space 2014, listening to my friends and fellow board members invoke our Matron and Patron, Athena of Greece and Thoth of Egypt. We work all year to create Sacred Space, and now conference time was finally here. Gwen... [more]
Six Rules for Safer Pagan Sex: A Guide
by Caer Jones [6,302 reads]
Many of us grew up hearing every variation possible of “sex is bad for you and will turn you funny colors”. There was guilt and shame associated with having sex, with our bodies, with our pleasure. Most of this sex negativity was community-enforced and dumped on teens who were already flailing around trying to figure all this crap out anyway. There was no defense against it, so most of us absorbed it to greater or lesser extents. It’s not like we ha... [more]
GOD AND ME (A Pagan's Personal Reply to the New Atheists)
by Mike Nichols [6,104 reads]
"Have you made your peace with God?""I wasn't aware that we had quarreled."--Henry David Thoreau, on his deathbedIn this essay, I plan to analyze the following TWO questions: "Do you believe in God?" and "Do you worship Nature?" Although in my culture, the first is usually asked with reference to Christianity and the second is usually asked with reference to Paganism, I have come to realize the two questions are eerily parallel. And ... [more]
Sacred Space 2014 Conference
by Sabrinamari [5,985 reads]
How many times have you gone to a workshop hoping that it would be gripping, insightful and engaging, only to find that it was better than you could possibly have imagined?I did this seven times at this year’s Sacred Space gathering.Little did... [more]
Are You a Natural Witch?
by Michelle Cole [5,254 reads]
As a child, I clearly remember the excitement each year when the advertisements began heralding the yearly opportunity to watch Dorothy take a wild ride in a little white house. The wicked witch frightened me to no end but I always loved seeing that big pink bubble floating down, knowing the good witch was there to help. My top two favorite TV shows as a kid were Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. Oh, how I wished I could ‘twinkle’ my n... [more]
From Christian to Pagan (Part I)
by Gina Lopina [4,797 reads]
I was born and raised Catholic. I was often confused by the Catholic faith and found little in it that helped me become more spiritual. I have to say that I am not anti-Christian, as I believe in tolerance for all religions. But, prior to coming out of the broom closet, I lived a double life.The Double LifeWhen my children were in Catholic School, prior to me pulling them out to homeschool them, I was active in the Catholic Ch... [more]
Healing the Witch Within
by Lady Abigail [Wvox Sponsor] [4,367 reads]
As a small child raised in the mountains of the Ozarks, winter seemed more like a mystical land filled with glistening fairies and magickal spells found in every breath than a season in the year. The only time I really recognize winter as 'winter' would be if I might happen to get sick. This didn’t happen very often because my Great Grandmother was a wise and gifted healer. She was an Ozark Wise Woman and Witch. She was a beautiful proud Nat... [more]
The LGBT Community Within the Pagan Community
by Luthien [4,325 reads]
Coming out of the broom closet – no easy task as most of you will know, and doubly hard when there are two closets from which to emerge into a harsh, intolerant and often unforgiving world. Thank goodness we don’t live in medieval Europe whereby I’d have been burnt at the stake, hosed down and then burnt again on both counts. I want to discuss some of the issues that I have come across in my day-to-day life as both a Pagan and a member of the LGBT c... [more]
Never Once Was There a An Athame Near My Chalice: My Very Sheltered Occultist Upbringing
by Deborah Castellano [4,092 reads]
Everyone loves to trade early Occultist/Pagan stories. The corrupt teachers! The Chthonic beings you summoned just because you could before you could even hold an thame! Ostracization for petty crimes committed in your youth! In fighting! Coven drama! Sexism! Racism! Getting your car keyed! Illicit sex with elders and barely legals!Oh it’s just so scandalous and juicy! I love hearing all of it!And then there’s me.I’m a Genera... [more]
Magick and Consequences: My Experience with Sigils
by Wimsaur [3,666 reads]
Some time last September, I started reading Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine. The core of this book is Chaos Magick. Essentially, Chaos Magick is a system of magick that allows for believing in whatever you want for the purpose of manifesting your desires. If you want to cast a love spell, then it pays to believe in a Love Goddess such as Aphrodite. If you want to reign down destruction on your enemies (assuming you have enemies) , then Mars, the... [more]
One Wiccan's Journey Through Depression
by White Wave [3,550 reads]
At some point in everyone’s life, we will fall into the pit of despair. Sometimes it will be triggered by the death of a loved one, by abuse, by poverty, by failure, by deceit. At first, it seems a momentary sadness, a melancholy almost startlingly beautiful. Then all things begin to overwhelm with their sadness. For others, depression creeps slowly in, till it begins to squat as an unwelcome house guest in the mind, consuming all hope in th... [more]
The Magick of Jewelry and Metals
by Raven Digitalis [3,537 reads]
Jewelry has long been used in magick. Its most common historical use is protective, to guard against demons, malicious creatures, and adversaries’ attacks. With the rise of metallurgy, specifically designed pieces came to be used as magickal talismans. This is prevalent in indigenous and modern societies both.Jewelry can be a stylistic way to display your beliefs and alignments either inside or outside of ritual circle. Practitioners of nume... [more]
Safety: Let's Shift Our Focus
by Witch Sage [3,465 reads]
By now, most of us know that Pagan author and musician, Kenneth "Kenny" Klein, 59, was arrested at his home in New Orleans on March 25th and is facing 25 counts of possession of child pornography. Police were tipped off to Mr. Klein's computer activity back in February and the month long investigation led to his arrest.As you can imagine, these allegations have sent shock waves through the Pagan community. Many persons of Pagan faiths are ca... [more]
Did I Just Draw Down the Moon?
by Lola Stardust [Wvox Sponsor] [3,273 reads]
I have read about it. I even discussed it with my coven leaders, but I never thought it would be something I could actually do. Not because I don’t believe in it, but because I thought my magic wasn't formed quite yet for that kind of invocation.So first, before I tell you what happened, let’s talk a bit about “Drawing Down the Moon”. From what I understand, it happens when you request the Goddess to speak through you and you go into a tranc... [more]
Open Letter to the Goddess
by Maggi Setti [Wvox Sponsor] [3,101 reads]
Dear Goddess, I come to you as a reflection of the moon and a child of stardust, a tree hugging, dirt worshipping, Pagan. Hear the Pagan drums; see our fires from your starry, moonlight heaven. Hear our acts of love and pleasure as we languish in the summer night’s embrace. We come to you, for humanity is suffering. Our hearts are broken. Society is broken and we seek the wise ways for healing, release, and freedom. Release our bondage of ig... [more]
Mental Illness in the Pagan Community
by Church of the Blessed Moon [2,967 reads]
Suicide. It was not the answer to the question I wanted to hear. Suicide. He wasn't just a statistic or a news piece. Rather, he was a lover turned friend, who spent many years learning the craft from me. He never liked coming to the big public circles, or to the more private events he was always welcomed to. But he was, nonetheless, a great learner who always asked wonderful questions after close observations. Even during the times I have stepped d... [more]
A World Of Witchcraft: Belief Is Only The Beginning...
by Goddessy [Wvox Sponsor] [2,930 reads]
Witchcraft is the practice of a magical, supernatural craft by people outside the mainstream openly religious society. The term "witchcraft" often has different meanings in different cultures, therefore it can be seen as positive, negative, or even neutral to people.When some refer to witchcraft as sorcery, they see the belief as a manipulation of supernatural forces by way of casting spells and conjuring or invoking spirits. The first thing... [more]
Coven vs. Solitary
by Lola Stardust [Wvox Sponsor] [2,848 reads]
Since I started to openly practice my Craft, I decided to join a coven. I talked to many a witch regarding what they prefer, the pros and cons involved in solitary practice vs. coven work and here is what I have found:It appears to me that in practicing solitary you might have more freedom to do your rituals and spells the way you want to, which I of course, being of the "I do it my way" school of thought, find pleasing. You can practice in ... [more]
Lunar Insight Planetary Preponderances: Year of the Horse, Imbolc and Mercury Grazings
by Mary Anna Abuzahra [Wvox Sponsor] [2,776 reads]
Blessings to you on Imbolc and the germinating season of the year! May Brigid’s creative fire be kindled bright in our lives and may we all share this life energy through the world and for the life of our planet and universe.The Lunar Year of the Horse begins on the Aquarian New Moon on Jan. 30. The heavens are filled with horses, they are not just represented by the handsome bottom half of the centaur in Sagittarius, astute archer that he i... [more]
Religion vs Practice: Defining Witchcraft in a Modern Age
by Witchylisa [2,581 reads]
Trying to define Witchcraft, Wicca and Paganism is a lot like trying to identify a grain of sand on a beach. You can examine one, but not until you really look at it under a microscope, can you really figure out what it is. With the explosion of the “New Age” movement over the last 50 years, defining one's spiritual practice has become a daunting challenge. As people grow spiritually, so too does their understanding of the world around them. Covens ... [more]
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Living Theurgy - A Course in Iamblichus’ Philosophy, Theology and Theurgy
Author: Jeffrrrey S. Kupperman
Category: Philosophy, Ceremonial Magic Level: Advanced
“Philosophy is purifying, religion illuminating, but theurgy is uplifting.” ~ Jeffrey Kupperman
Living Theurgy is a masterpiece combining scholarly excellence with lucid practicality. Theurgy (‘god-working’) is a combination of ritual mystical practices interwoven with philosophy and theology. It was developed by Iamblichus and other Neoplatonists inspired by the works of philosophers including Plato, Aristotle and Pythagoras, and Julian the Chaldean.
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