Month: March 2017

My Great Pagan Roadtrip by Sage Ambue

[content warning: brief mention of mental health medication] Ostara, 2007. I was a junior in high school, living in a very small, very conservative town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was grappling with a growing sense of self that seemed at odds with the […]

Ostara and the Bunny by Taffy Dugan

During the long winter months, Ostara, the maiden goddess of spring sleeps deep in the Earth.  She awaits the song of spring.  Sometimes, she likes to sleep-in.  Sometimes, she covers her head with her warm blankets and snuggles deeper in her cozy bed. Like many […]

In The Beginning: The Journey of The Feminine Fool by soulfirewoman

Know thyself. The Maiden within. The Fool on her rebel’s journey. A being of fire and flame. Of newly ignited passions. The Mistress of ideas. Know her and she will serve you well. And she has her own story. A story that we all should […]

In Defense of Armchairs by Steven Dillon

Welcome to The Armchair! This is a place for Pagan philosophy, theology and apologetics. The armchair has become something of a symbol hasn’t it? We’ve all heard the phrase “armchair psychology”, usually meaning that one is psychologizing another without having the skill or experience needed to do so. […]

Local Druidry by Erin Rose

Druids are hard to find out here in California. We’re scattered as solitaries, or in small, close-knit groups. Are there really so few of us, or is it that we multi-task, participating in many traditions? I know that for me, Druidry is currently the  main […]

Forgiveness does not make you…. by Marietta Williams

I want to take a moment to offer some advice I gave to a good friend of mine a little over a month ago. It seemed to help him immensely and, if it can help others, I think it’s worth sharing. While present nearly everywhere, I […]

An Introduction by R. M. McGrath

Welcome to Into The Mystic, a blog about Mystical Paganism and polytheism. My name is R.M. McGrath and I’ll be your guide. The purpose of this blog is to explore mysticism and contemplative religion in a Pagan or polytheist context. In part, this will be done […]

The Godden by Critter

In Wicca, we generally recognize two deities: the Goddess and the God. According to legend, they have been with us since pre-history, changing names and faces slightly to stay with us through the years. The truth of the matter is far more complicated, but let […]

What Is Sacred Endarkenment? by Danica Swanson

I was raised in a middle-class white family, on a steady diet of New Age books filled with lofty prose about enlightenment, spiritual growth, doing-what-you-love, positive thinking, and my least favorites of all, “love and light” and “driving out the darkness.” As I got older […]

‘Cons’ and Community by Grace

One of the most needful panels I had the privilege of attending at Paganicon this year was “Pagan Clergy Addressing How to Welcome Sex-Offenders and Ex-Felons into Our Communities: A Forum”. Incarcerated members of our community is the focus of my ministry, and I’m so […]