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A Quest for Canada

Quest for Canada is a new series of articles about finding the spirit of the place that is Canada. It will appear alternately in both my Witches & Pagans column 49 Degrees and my Patheos blog Between the Shadows. It

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Seekers and Guides: Why Witches Wield Wands

In the age of the athame, a Witch might wonder why we bother putting a wand on the altar at all. But the use of the wand is an ancient practice with deep roots and esoteric history. What is a

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Posted in Classical Practice, Druidry, Goddess Spirituality, Hellenic Paganism, Modern Practice, Paganism, Ritual Magick, Shamanism, The Star, Wicca, Witchcraft

From the Shadows: “By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them”

How do you determine whether or not a faith has value? If I were to bring it back to apples, I would say that the only real test is in whether or not the resulting dish nourishes you. Source: From

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Posted in Modern Practice, Paganism, The Hammer, The Oak, The Star

Reciprocity: A Witch’s Relationship with Her Deities

How much respect and obedience is due the Gods? This is an issue that has created a great deal of division within the Pagan and Polytheist community. What do They want of us? What should we ask of Them? One

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The Fallacy of Isolation

There is an unfortunate compartmentalization trend in modern reconstructive Paganism. That’s the idea of exclusive ethnic faith. The basis of the idea is that each ethnic group in antiquity had a religious and spiritual faith, and that it was their

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