I don't know how else to say this. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders. Wiccans don't practice ritual murders, okay? How are we in 2015 and still trying to make this clear? I'm scratching my head over here. Okay, I lied. I'm banging it against my desk. Or at least, I was until I stopped to type you this letter.
Instead of an abundance of screen time this summer, how about weaving a story around the campfire that culminates in a kid-friendly ritual? Or camping with your children and building a labyrinth in the woods. Or taking a group of teens on a night hike that includes a silent meditation.
If Harry Potter's wizardly arts appeal to your kids, then maybe it's time to create your own magical camp this summer. Designing your own camp can save you money and reinforce your family's spiritual values. It's also a lot of fun.
Eostre is the pagan connection to Easter. Does that mean that Easter is a pagan holiday? There is not a simple answer to this question.
On the cusp of 2015, Goddess worship is moving into a new generation of leaders who are striving to evolve beyond individual teachers, isolated communities and occasional communal rituals and bring the Goddess into the mainstream. Call it Goddess 2.0.
Young people have the difficult task of maintaining faith in a troubling world -- but our elders have just as essential a responsibility to think critically about the legacy they are leaving behind.
Hermes, the Greek God with wings on his shoes and wide-brimmed hat, carries a caduceus staff. Known to the Romans as Mercury, Hermes is also the Lord of Information: the patron god of... geeks.
In my Halloween-eve lecture at the New York Public Library, delivered October 30, 2013 at the Mid-Manhattan Branch, I highlight the ancient roots of Halloween and its rebirth in modern America.
The 10th anniversary of mega-hit Broadway musical Wicked is in full swing this Samhain- perfect timing.
While I knew I was supposed to be lying there absorbing the present moment in serene bliss, my mind was actually jumping all over the place, from emails unsent to poetry to health concerns to spiritual thoughts to housework undone to plans for future decades, while my body felt stiff as a board.
Three magical women are captivating, because they transcend the simple positive/negative dichotomy. They aren't enemies in a "good witch" v. "bad witch" scenario, but are a force to be reckoned with as a collective.
What if your mother was a witch? Do you think she would have done things a bit differently from other mothers? Based on my experience, you would be right...
The archetype of the witch is long overdue for celebration. Daughters, mothers, queens, virgins, wives, et al. derive meaning from their relation to another person. Witches, on the other hand, have power on their own terms. They have agency. They create. They praise.
I love following a path that honors my own spiritual authority and that of others, teaching, "if it harms none, do as you will"-- a deceptively simple and profoundly wise maxim.
I know many people who are sympathetic to Wicca but have little idea what we "do": how we worship, celebrate, meditate, pray. Spring, celebrated as a time of rebirth in so many different spiritual traditions, seems a good time to address such questions.
At least books and films such as "Harry Potter" and "Beautiful Creatures" have started to bring the popular image of the witch beyond the realm of the 16th-century pointed hat. But now it's time to move forward still further into the 21st century.