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Seeking Pagan Lands for Pagan Burials
by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart [705 reads]
Dear Friends, After exactly eight years of bravely fighting a relentless cancer of her blood and bones, my beloved lifemate, wife, and Priestess Morning Glory finally succumbed. The doctors told us there was nothing more they could do to reverse the ravages of the disease, so we brought her home from the hospital on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, setting her up with a hospital bed provided by Home Hospice in our Goddess Temple at RavenHaven.... [more]
Creating a Healing Temple
by Robin Fennelly [Wvox Sponsor] [384 reads]
Healing is a topic that comes up frequently as request for magickal working. And, as magickal workers we employ a variety of techniques to answer this call to service and help. Sometimes, it is not quite as easy to rally for ourselves or to even recognize what type of healing we need. You see another in need and can extract the information needed to be of help and narrow down what sort of options, both magickal (and, at times medically) the indiv... [more]
Top Essays of 2014
Anti-Witch Bigotry: Still As Popular and Deadly As Ever
by Treasach [Wvox Sponsor] [9,164 reads]
I love Samhain, and one of my sacred celebrations is to hand out treats in my traditional garb to the spirits who come to my door representing the New Year. However, this time of year can be particularly irksome due to the depictions in costume and imagery of various cultural groups, especially witches. Even though it’s the 21st century, some people apparently need to be reminded that Hallow'een doesn't come with a "Get out of Bigotry Free" card. It... [more]
Bottle Spells and Magick in Hoodoo Tradition
by Taliesin McKnight [6,572 reads]
Bottle magick is a highly versatile and powerful form of spell work. Those who master this art swear by it. This method of spell casting is very practical, and is used to achieve "real-world" results, such as attaining love, getting rid of unwanted situations, or to get that pay raise at your job. It is believed to be an extremely powerful magick; and yet, it is very simple. In this brief article, I will explain several techniques that can be used i... [more]
Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American Witch
by Lady Abigail [Wvox Sponsor] [3,725 reads]
Thanksgiving has always been a strange and difficult time for me. Sometimes it was hard to understand or accept how some would celebrate this holiday. Perhaps it is because I am not only a card carrying Witch but I am also a proud card carrying Native American who in childhood spent many of her holidays on the reservation with family members. I understand giving thanks for all the amazing gifts of life and the blessings given us by the Godde... [more]
Where did Aleister Crowley’s Influence on Wicca Go?
by Adley Tenenbaum [3,689 reads]
Gerald Gardner was the founder of what today is referred to as Wicca. Specifically I speak of ‘Gardnerian Wicca’, an oath-bound and initiation required tradition that traces its lineage to Gerald Gardner and the New Forrest Coven. What is known commonly today as Wicca in the public is hardly what Gardner established in 1947. Gardner's tradition focused primarily on ritual and performing it, whereas today, what is known as Wicca generally is associat... [more]
Weather Magick: Who is Responsible for the Weather?
by Lady Abigail [Wvox Sponsor] [3,453 reads]
I am proudly a Witch of the Old World. No, I was not born in the Old World nor am I thousands of years old (though some may consider me so) , yet, by the blessings of all the powers that be, I was blessed to be raised and trained in the knowledge and understanding of the old ways. My Great Grandmother taught me to trust my intuitions, that first impression or feeling you receive from the powers within all things and yourself. She taught me t... [more]
Broom Closet: In or Out?
by Rev. Ryan Saunders [3,291 reads]
One topic that comes up every now and then, both here at Sacred Mist and within the Wiccan and Pagan communities as a whole, is the ever-present “Broom Closet: In or Out”. Over the years, for me since I first started studying the Craft of the Wise, this question has been asked, “Are you in or out of the Broom Closet?” In the beginning, I was so deep in the Broom Closet that I had no idea what faith I was. Okay, maybe you don’t know my back-story, so... [more]
Six Rules for Safer Pagan Sex: A Guide
by Caer Jones [3,290 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]
Sacred Space Conference
by Caroline Kenner [Wvox Sponsor] [3,157 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]
Pagan Religious Communities in your Area: Connecting With and Creating Them
by Treasach [Wvox Sponsor] [3,135 reads]
My continuing series on pagan abbeys has been well received and I have had many inquires about pagan communities in North America, lay and cloistered. For those of you as hungry to be a part of such a dedicated group as I am, but have not yet found the right one, here are a few ways you might be able to connect with something suitable. If there are no structures in place in your area that fit your criteria, and you have the inspiration to create one... [more]
Thoughts On a Miley-Cyrus/ Robin-Thicke Society
by The Redneck Pagan [3,122 reads]
I was sitting with a group of co-workers at lunch and we were discussing what we did over the weekend. One of the ladies asked if anyone had seen the Music Video Awards (MVAs) and the performance of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. Now I am by no means a music expert, but through my youth group I had heard of Miley Cyrus during her days as 'Hannah Montana’, I have no idea who Robin Thicke is. I tend not to keep up with Hollywood and other such celebrit... [more]
On Coven and Claws
by Deborah Castellano [2,916 reads]
American Horror Story (1) has an interesting concept for American television: Ryan Murphy (the creator of Glee just to break your brain a little) has a reoccurring ensemble cast (the indomitable Jessica Lange, the sharp Connie Britton, the delicate Taissa Farmiga, the endearing Evan Peters and the always delicious Zachary Quinto, just to name a few) . Each season, it's a completely different storyline with a completely characters, played by ... [more]
Which Witch? Philosophical and Psychological Roots of Wicca
by Radko Vacek [2,912 reads]
Here is the background story for the jackpot question! English folklore is a treasury of tales. Two of these are so old that they probably helped Jeoffrey Chaucer as a little boy (c. 1350) to develop his imagination to write The Canterbury Tales. Both folktales involve Witches. The one involves a Witch getting melted by water, which was incorporated into The Wizard of Oz. The second actually involves a Witch getting EATEN, by a little ... [more]
Healing the Witch Within
by Lady Abigail [Wvox Sponsor] [2,867 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]
On Being Wiccan: Some Unsolicited Advice
by Kame [2,839 reads]
I knew I wanted to write essays about my experience of being Wiccan. I wrote a few pithy pieces, full of well-turned phrases and stunningly cogent allusions. But that's all just verbal masturbation. I threw them in the trash. In the end, I kept asking myself… what is the purpose of these essays? What wisdom (written with a roll of my eyes) do I have to impart? Sigh.I lost twenty-five pounds last year. Yea, pat me on the back. I have another ... [more]
For Love of the God
by Diane Awenydd-Evans [2,793 reads]
I am a witch. That is to say, I am Wiccan. I worship and love the Goddess in all her forms. The Light, the Dark, the Young, the Old, the Mother, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Rivers and Lakes and Oceans, the Indefinable, all forms of the Goddess are holy and sacred to me. I am grateful that I have found her in this lifetime, in this incarnation. My Community embraces her fully and fiercely. And that is as it should be. But what of the... [more]
From Christian to Pagan (Part I)
by Gina Lopina [2,779 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]
Never Once Was There a An Athame Near My Chalice: My Very Sheltered Occultist Upbringing
by Deborah Castellano [2,769 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]
The Nightmare After Halloween
by Jessica Marie Baumgartner [Wvox Sponsor] [2,766 reads]
So many of us grew up loving Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Parents in the Pagan community should know that it is so much more than a fun movie. When I was young, I never imagined that this strange and beautiful film would come in handy as a teaching tool for my children, but any teacher will tell you that true-life lessons can come from anywhere. My young daughters are just getting acquainted with the world and questioning ev... [more]
The LGBT Community Within the Pagan Community
by Luthien [2,761 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]
Thoughts on the Threefold Law/Law of Return
by Vervain [2,755 reads]
I realized I was a Wiccan sometime late in middle school, and overall I've been very happy with my decision to walk down that path. However, over the nine or ten years I've been stewing in the religion, I've come to realize that there are parts of what I started with that don't make sense to me anymore. It's natural for this to happen -- and it's certainly not something that worries me -- I don't call myself Wiccan because I need to fit my beliefs i... [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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