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 “Behold, in the nostrils of the nations, they have caused the name of the LORD to stink.”


Once upon a time, the Mainstream churches assumed—and maybe at the time they were right—that most of America was Christian.

In such a cultural environment, what mattered most, then, was not that you were Christian—which was largely taken for granted—but rather what kind of Christian you were.

So the Mainstreamers pretty much stopped using the C-word in public. To call yourself a “Lutheran Christian,” after all, smacks of the redundant.

Then along came the Evangelicals, who picked up the disused term and ran with it.

The media—which mostly, generously, calls people by their preferred name—unthinkingly acquiesced.

Shame be upon them, the media still parrots conservative Christians when, in effect, they claim proprietary rights to a name that is not theirs alone. In plain words, the media—not, let us admit, particularly well-versed on matters religious—not only let them get away with it, but abetted the theft.

That's how the nazzes stole “Christian.”

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Sensuality Spell: Full Moon Goddess Invocation

At the next full moon, make a vow, alone or with your partner, to bring forth all erotic powers. Begin with a blissful bath in oil-scented water; this essential oil must be the one that makes you feel sexiest. For me, it is an equal mix of vanilla and amber, which I call “Vamber;” it has never failed me. When I wear this unguent, I feel as if a cloud of sensuality surrounds me.

Sit in a darkened room, encircled by flickering jasmine, musk, or “vamber” candles. Raise a cup of jasmine tea or a glass of wine from a vintage that represents a lucky year for you, and speak this spell aloud:

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Every Dragon in 'House of the Dragon ...

NOT a Review of the HBO Series


A local dungeon daddy once invited me over for a tour of the chamber.

"Well, why not?" I thought.

I'll spare you the details. I left having learned two things.

First—as expected—bondage doesn't really interest me.

Second, that my friend Paul was absolutely right in his characterization of BD/SM as essentially an elaborate and extended form of foreplay.

Now, I like foreplay as much as the next guy, but I have to admit that, at several points during the encounter, I couldn't help thinking, “Um...can we just screw already?”


Let's just admit it: House of the Dragon is Silmarillion to Game of Thrones' Lord of the Rings.


It's an old question: why did the gods make the world? The answer, as any artist can tell you, is that making is the best drug of all.

If making is a drug, then world-making must be the most addictive drug of all. Alas, both Tolkien and Martin fell  prey to traps of their own making, forgetting what—say what you will about Narnia—C. S. Lewis never did: that, no matter how intrinsically interesting the world, the story always has to come first.

That's why GoT and LotR are both such romps, and HotD and the Silmarillion such bores.


Could it also maybe have something to do with the fact that, while the former are suffused with gentle humor, the latter are, by contrast, utterly humorless?

Or is that just the nature of story vs. history?


Hearing fans effuse about the first season of House of the Dragon always leaves me wondering just exactly what I was missing. The show always seemed to be building to a climax that somehow never came.

I kept being reminded of those bad pagan rituals of the 80s and 90s in which you were supposed to stand in an interminable line, waiting for your one-on-one with a (supposed) deity.

Spoiler alert: it's never worth the wait.

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To the Men of the Tribe


Go to the edge of your favorite clearing in the woods.

There, strip off everything that you weren't born with: clothing, jewelry, devices.

Step as you are into the midst of the clearing.

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Sweet Potion for Sharing: Lunar Libation

For a passionate pick-me-up, drink this tasty tea with your lover.

In a pint of distilled or spring water, heat the root of ginseng no less than an hour. Simmer, don’t boil, under cover and don’t dare stir. Pour yourself a cup for love’s sure power.

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Three Medicines of the Tribe of Witches

Three medicines of the tribe of Witches:





Three Meanings to Every Word

In the language of the Witches,

three meanings to every word:

something good, something bad,

something to do with a cow.


Three Things That Never Were

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Here Comes the Sun

Ah, the common quandary. What to do when it’s rain, rain, and more rain forecasted on the longest day of sunlight of the year? Well for starters, it wasn’t raining when I woke up to greet the sunrise with some yoga sun salutation poses, facing east. My partner and I are determined to continue with our plans to go camping at one of our favorite spots later today. Hopefully, it’s not too wet to build a fire at some point. Right now, nothing seems too heavy, and we’ve certainly camped in intermittent drizzle before. Even if the sun is hidden temporarily, I can still feel its energy there, and the chirping birds certainly felt it, singing it up this morning around 5:13 a.m. (CST.)

Midday Ritual

I also plan to light an orange votive candle at noon and follow the ritual suggested by James Kambos in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook for 2024. Kambos recommends lighting the candle and staring into the flame, then writing the name or names of the positive people in your life that re-energize you on a brightly colored piece of paper. After each name, add a note about how they boost you up, then tuck it away for an uplifting pick-me-up when you need it most. I liked these ideas of honoring and recognizing the different phases of the sun throughout the day (morning, midday, and ending with a quiet reflection at sunset). As the sun keeps optimism alive, we too can take comfort in knowing that it will shine brightly again for us in all of its glory, at its earliest convenience. You really can’t keep the sun down or out of sight for long.

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