Winter Magick and the Elemental Spirit of Ice 

Ten inches fell in 24 hours. Ten inches that weigh down the cedar trees, coat the mossy earth, and bury the dead. Even the hemlocks look heavy, more than they used to.    Curiously, in Western culture we celebrate the birth of a new year just ten days into this season of darkness and survival.…

Ascension Portals, the Cosmic Chakras of the Goddess

Reflections on a Ritual Meditation experience    I felt the wells of energy in my being today. The root well released first; something unknown cleared away as I relaxed, as I felt safe.    I’m home now in a windstorm with autumn scented candles burning in the window. And I felt all of myself. Something…

Passion Path Ritual for Sagittarius Season

Winter is beginning to bite at the forests. This morning, I watched as the sun lifted the fog from the valley, and revealed the glitter of the first frost. That was the indication I needed that it was time, right there in the haze of sunrise, to read the Tarot for Sagittarius season.  Typically I…

Lessons in Eternity from Japanese Kami

A divine life-force energy permeates the natural world. In some cultures this is called chi, others prana or awen; in ancient Japan, that energy was given definition with kami. The indigenous faith of Japan, Shinto, is not unlike other shamanic traditions found among human cultures. Expression of faith typically takes the form of showing honor…

The Unexpected Alleys on the Divine Path

My plans for pilgrimage have crumbled. I’ve booked a trip to somewhere other than I had planned – again. In six weeks, I’ll be boarding a plane bound for the United Kingdom. I’ve never been to Europe nor the British Isles, and the opportunity to go has come about through a complicated web of fates…

How I Named the God Who Visited My Dream Space

Atum, the self-created god of Before-Time, came into my life by reaching out to me in a dream. This is by no means uncommon; many pagans experience the divine or Spirit communication through dreams, and that often leads us to question and wonder at what we witnessed. Very often, we can sense that the Being…

Magickal Writing Prompts to Connect With Pagan Deities

I frequent pagan forums and social media circles, and often see the same question repeated again and again - often desperately: Is (x) a sign from (y)? Opening ourselves up to metaphysical spiritual belief in the age of science is hard. It's easy to explain to someone that you walked away from organized religion, even…

The Underworld of Inanna and Ereshkigal

  Her name literally means “Queen of the Great Earth.” Maybe you’ve come across her before as Allat or Irkalla, the latter of which is the literal name for the Underworld. Ereshkigal is the dark sister of much more popular goddess Inanna. While Inanna is associated with the planet Venus and rules over love, sex,…