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As y’all know, I’m working on a ritual for feminine sovereignty, and I’m making some headway – I’ve been researching ancestors to uplift and trying to get more than just names, because to empower them, we need to link them to their deeds. Even before I got much into this, I suspected that this was a Freyja-fueled conspiracy, and even more so now, because the subject of beauty has come up for me, and it is something that I’m not particularly comfortable with. I’m gonna be blunt, and please keep in mind that this is me unpacking my baggage, so if you view beauty differently than me, please feel free to talk about said differences, because it would probably be to my benefit, and maybe that of someone else reading.

For me, beauty isn’t fun. I know women who talk about using their femininity against men, and I have issues with it. On some level, I consider it lazy. (yes, I know that this is a respectability politics thing playing out in my head, but it’s there, so why the f*ck not acknowledge the toxic thoughts?)

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This year we decided to take a small break and celebrate Samhain and honour our ancestors by visiting the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall, and join their revelries. It was a spectacular night. As we descended along the twisty lane to enter the small fishing village in the gathering dusk we were met by a host of witches, tourists and black clad Morris men- traditional British folk dancers with flaming torches and crow feathers in their tall top hats. The sound of drums and fiddles echoed off the cliffs above and mingled with the sounds of the sea and the reeling gulls.

Traditional Border Morris men (or sides) wear the colour black, to leave their identity behind and take on the role of spirits as they honour the underworld and the winter to come. They danced to ancient songs, their feet mirroring the turn of the year and the battles between winter and summer in the courtyard of the museum, where the many a witch of generations passed has donated their magical tools, and beneath the library that holds the history of our traditions going back centuries.  The audience around them sat or stood enrapt, many of them being those who walk the old ways themselves, bedecked in their cloaks, with wide eyed children sitting at their feet dressed as sprites and spirits.

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  • Danu Forest
    Danu Forest says #
    Gerrie i love those books too! i think they encouraged a lot of us on the path...british folklore is much overlooked but is very r
  • Gerrie
    Gerrie says #
    I learned of the Mari Lwyd in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series. For a young American just beginning her Pagan path, this s

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Patience & Fury, Part 1


This is the first of a series of blog posts on how to move more gracefully through the turbulence caused by the pain and strife that is besetting so many parts and so many levels of the world at this time and for some time yet to come. I am pointedly and intentionally not naming the myriad of issues because I do not want to call out or inadvertently suggest a hierarchy or prioritization of troubles or oppressions. If you need to do that take a moment now and think about your own concerns.

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  • Byron Ballard
    Byron Ballard says #
    Thanks, Ivo. Much appreciated.

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Living With Human Sacrifice

“Well, if that doesn't work, we can always try human sacrifice,” says the boiler repair guy.

Cold has finally come to the Upper Midwest, which means that it's time to turn on the furnace. The same technician had been here a few days previously. In my house, you don't have to have much light between the horns to know that you're in a pagan home.

And what do pagans do? Well, we sacrifice people, of course.

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We Want YOU!

Want to know how YOU can come to CalderaFest Pagan Music Festival virtually for FREE?! Like helping people? Want to make the world a better place? Don't mind giving a little of your time? Maybe you'd like to VOLUNTEER! We want to make this the best festival ever and we can't do it without YOUR help!


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Mama Gina SWAG for YOU

Just got a care package from Mama Gina LaMonte and I feel like sharing it with you. I have FOUR autographed copies of her brand new album "I Remember Love" and two "Goddess Kiss'd" t-shirts (large).

I know there is a fifth CD in the picture, but that one is mine! All mine!

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