I’ve written previous blog articles about the origins of the Halloween Witch and the explanation for why October 31st is the time between the worlds. Now, I’d like to address some of the confusion and fun with the origins of various holiday customs surrounding Halloween, starting with the Jack O’Lantern. First, a bit of history: … More The Origin of Halloween Customs and Traditions: The Jack O’Lantern
For many years now I have seen people in the Pagan/Wiccan community offering an interpretation of a particular verse in the bible that talks about Witches. The verse is Exodus 22:18 and it says: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (King James Version) The popular counter argument is that this was a mistranslation, … More Exodus 22:18 Meant It When It Said “Witch”
So maybe this is lazy… Or maybe it’s just something to do while the big idea keeps percolating in my brain and I’ll come back with a full-fledged blog post for this topic all on its own. Who knows? Essentially, it comes from this: I am a member of a few different websites and message … More My response to a Crisis of Faith
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” -Aristotle Recently I’ve had the thought cross my mind as to how to define particular spiritual paths or more precisely, my own. It was spurred by reading an article on the Patheos site that talked about whether … More What is “Paganism”?
October 31st. It never fails that around this time of year, the pictures of witches and black cats and ghouls come to everyone’s awareness. Witches take pride and joy in being more open with their practices and spirituality. The end of October almost heralds a season of ‘the truth about Witchcraft’ to the general public. … More Samhain and ancestors
There is an argument that is consistently given regarding the religious versus secular nature of the United States. The most common phrasing from one side is that this is a “Christian nation.” Opponents of this position state that we are in fact not a “Christian nation” but a secular nation founded on the understanding that freedom of … More Are we a Christian nation?
The 17th of March is a day when there is much green to be seen. Tradition says that if a person isn’t wearing green, they deserve a pinch. The green is in reference to Ireland, known as the Emerald Isle for its lush rolling hills and countrysides and the day is named in honor of Saint Patrick, … More One Witch’s perspective on Saint Patrick
This is a fair question but it’s not really Ophiuchus who is doing this. It’s a bunch of folks who aren’t astrologers including him in something that isn’t western astrology, and then saying it is. Ophiuchus is a constellation. He’s not new as he’s been around a very long time, but he isn’t included in … More Who is Ophiuchus and why is he messing with my zodiac?
A pet is not a Familiar. In fact, I don’t like the word Familiar in the context of a magical animal companion. It’s incorrect and is full of the vitriol from the trials where countless numbers of men, women, and children were put to death for the imagined crime of Witchcraft. Ages ago, when … More I don’t have Familiars, I have cats
The cauldron is rooted in magic and mystery. It is a vessel of change: whatever is put into a cauldron transforms. It could be the simple alchemy of stew ingredients blending together and going from raw roots and vegetables to something edible and nutritious. It could be the magical brew of a Wise Woman creating a mixture … More Double, double, toil and trouble…