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Skryim: Dova-king of video game magic

The tale of the dragonborn, Bethesda Studios’ Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, available to the playing public since 2011, is becoming a modern classic, known to those who play games at “hardcore” and “casual” levels. In the same way the interactive story of the hero let loose in […]

Marwolaeth Y Duw Aur: A Lament for the Lost Marshes

Great Sorrow As the body on the bier Goes down   The river flows Annwn grows More distant   Dry rushes Where marshy ground once stood In peace   The river flows Annwn grows More distant   Red flags Waving eagle standards high In war […]

a dreaming moon, a yearning moon

The weeks leading up to this full moon have been full of ideas — galloping straight toward me. I could the feel the way the earth moved slightly and how I have been steadying myself for the eventual impact. But it’s all hoof beats. For […]

Leadership Assets: Discipline

When I discuss the necessity of discipline, it often evokes sighs, tuning out, and even displays of anger.  I’m already doing everything I can possibly do, giving all I can possibly give!  I don’t have time!  I work ten hours a day! I’m exhausted! How […]

On Faith

Sometimes, faith seems almost like a dirty word in Paganism, steeped in too much Christo-centric history to be worthwhile.  It’s paired, somehow, with notions of gods who chase – even abuse – their devotees, demanding worship.  It’s associated with being anti-science, of convincing oneself of […]

7 tools of witchcraft never listed in a grimoire

When most witches begin their practice, there’s a scramble for the tools of esoteria. We take our time to gather incense burners, just the right candles, our athames, bollines, and swords – and we love these shinies. They brigthen our lives and spirits. As practice […]

15 Ways to Make Your Pagan Gatherings and Organizations Better

In 2014, when I first moved to the Bay Area, I attended two Samhain rituals: one in Palo Alto, and the ubiquitous Reclaiming Spiral Dance. I had little to no history with the Pagans of the Bay: a Pagan Newswire Collective contact here, the casually […]

Between the Worlds – A Solitary Beltane Ritual for Divine Inspiration

Three parts to everything : He One, She One, They One in the Third. – Celtic Triad For the Celts, three was a sacred number. They had a threefold cosmology, dividing existence into the Realms of Sea, Land and Sky. Many of their Divinities were […]

Remembrance in a time of warmth

I am the cold fear Never met That feeds the grass In fields   I am the blinding Shadow land My blood the life In rivers   I am the dead place Flat and hard You need me to survive The Summers   I am […]

On Moira Greyland and the Dark Side of Avalon (Part 2) TRIGGER WARNING

First, apologies for how long it has taken to follow up with the second half of this article. Two things happened: Pagan con month, that period between February and April that can keep you on the road, and my partners asked me to back off […]


My Diary

The Stream By finnchuill

I’m sitting on a bench, happy that the stream that has been dry lately, except for a few diminishing pools, the last hideout for the frogs, has water again. I met this stream last year, just about a year ago, and since walk along the ‘streamside trail’ frequently. Walking is a druidic practice for me. The land by the stream slowly opens itself to me. Small naio trees form an open grove about me.

My thoughts open to this: place is a kind of gnosis. A place slowly coalesces around me, around my body on a bench, in and out of my mind, my breathing, my perceptions. The stream is variant, diverse, sometimes hugely full, flowing up through small side channels, even taking out the little bridge one time last summer. Other times, all polished boulders, small puddles. Everything is volcanic here, water can percolate down into the earth easily, but up in the mountains it rains a lot, sending more water down. Such simple things, but so often ignored, such small things the place reveals.