When people misunderstand the upright pentacle, and think it is a Satanic symbol, Wiccans usually correct them by pointing out the difference between one-point-up and one-point-down. “Satanists have turned a good symbol upside-down just like they did with the Christian cross.”
But is it as simple as that?
Continue reading “The Inverted Pentacle”
The landscape of Norse mythology is large and more elaborate than that of many other cultures. It goes much beyond the typical paradise, earth, underworld structure that most people are familiar with.
There are nine worlds, divided into 3 layers, and they are all connected by the World Tree, Yggdrasil.
Continue reading “Nine Worlds of Norse Myth”
I’ve heard from people who say they aren’t always comfortable with the traditional element/direction correspondences. Some make adjustments to suit their own locations, such as a person who lives on the east coast of the United States may chose to associate east with water rather than with the more traditional air. It’s hard to ignore a huge ocean to the east.
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As I was surfing around looking for information on Pagan coming-of-age rituals, I started thinking about how important they are. And also how this idea has been lost in mainstream society.
The whole idea of being a ‘teenager’ has only been around for a couple of decades. In the past, you were a child up to a certain point, and then you were an adult. Pretty simple, and much easier to grasp your own place in the world as you were growing up. But things are different today, and not for the better, if you ask me. Continue reading “Coming of Age”
If you made a New Year’s resolution this year to get out there in the Pagan community and be more social, you might want to think about creating your own gathering.
The somewhat traditional term for a social gathering of Pagans is a “moot“, though other terms are also used. They’re typically monthly, social, get-togethers of Wiccans and Pagans who like to just sit and chat with folks of related beliefs. Even people who practice their religion in a solitary manner enjoy a chance to get to known new people. Continue reading “How to Organize a Pagan Moot”
Many mainstream Christmas traditions stem from original Pagan practices. Though Christian origins and associations have been attributed to many of these traditions, they do in fact pre-date Christianity. Continue reading “Pagan Roots of Christmas Traditions”
I have found when people are curious about Paganism, one of the first things they ask is “What do you believe happens when you die?” It’s a valid question and seems to be important to people. So here is an outline of a very generalized Pagan view on the afterlife.
Before I get started, I would just like to point out that there is no single or set doctrine among Wiccans when it comes to the details of the afterlife. Some other Pagan paths do have a more specific mythology about it, which I mention in more detail at the end of this page.
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Looking to the past is one of the most authentic Halloween traditions. If you’re looking for other ways to celebrate your history and honour your ancestors, I have a few suggestions.
Some of these are larger projects that aren’t the kind of thing you do in one day. Continue reading “Honoring Ancestors at Samhain”
Many of the Wiccan traditions are very well-known and well-established, such as the Gardnerian, Reclaiming, or Dianic traditions. These trads have a history and documented background, giving them a strong sense of authenticity. And to be clear, I’m using the term “traditions” in the sense of different paths within Wicca, much like Christian denominations. I don’t mean “traditions” as in activities and rituals that they do regularly.
Continue reading “New Wiccan Traditions”
The Holly King and the Oak King are part of Celtic mythology, and they represent two sides to the Greenman, or Horned God.
They battle twice a year, once at Yule and once at Midsummer (Litha) to see who would rule over the next half of the year. At Yule, the Oak King wins and at Litha, the Holly King is victorious. In other words, the Oak King rules over the lighter half of the year, and the Holly King over the darker half. The change from one to the other is a common theme for rituals at Yule, and also at Midsummer.
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