Entschtanning is one of several important holiday seasons in the Urglaawe calendar. The word “Entschtanning” means “emerging” and the season lasts for twelve days/nights. It is referred to as the single busiest of all holidays in Urglaawe, and it comes with layers of lore to understand. But much like other Neopagan traditions, it is centeredContinue reading “Urglaawe (Germanic Paganism): Entschtanning and Groundhog Day”
It is the beginnings of spring, when the wheel has only begun to turn. This is not the spring of Easter eggs and flowers, however. It is the spring of first birth. It is the spring of milk. Yes, milk.
If you ask the same question to 10 witches, you will get 13 answers. This truism has only ripened with age. But when our definitions of Paganism are so diverse, how do we know what Paganism is at all?
Over the last century or so, Pagans have argued and defined our own terms. Any attempt to describe ourselves is important, but we do not have to agree with them.
I wanted to write a different article this week. But I feel compelled to discuss a long-standing issue within Heathenry, as well as Paganism as a whole.
Most pagans start their journey grabbing a “Beginner’s Guide To…” book, thinking it will contain all the answers. While many introductory pagan books are useful, people find that the more they learn, the more questions they have. I’ve heard it many times: paganism is a religion of research. And, yes, many pagans are — orContinue reading “The Types of Pagan Books You Need And Why”
The new year is often a time for divination. And people from different times and places have used certain forms of divination specifically to gain insight into their fortunes for the coming year. Most forms of divination are a form of Cleromancy, or the casting of lots. This method has often been used to determineContinue reading “Divination for the New Year: What Tarot, King Cake, and Vergil Have in Common”
Epona Regina, Lady of Horses, Goddess of the Fields and Stables, we honor you on this feast day! Epona is one my favorite goddesses in the Gaulish pantheon, but like many deities in the Gaulish pantheon, our historical understanding of her is limited. There are several layers of analysis that are ultimately involved when learningContinue reading “Offerings to the Roman-Celtic Horse Goddess Epona: Eponalia”
These are the darkest days of the year. Insofar as we today — and polytheists of the past — felt that it is important to celebrate the return of the sun, we have celebrated, feasted, and made offerings around this time. The word solstice comes from the Latin words meaning “sun” and “to stand still”Continue reading “How Can a New Pagan Celebrate the Winter Solstice?”
There’s a lot of talk about Yule within the pagan community. And sometimes history and modern customs are totally conflated. We need to keep in mind what is historically accurate and what is modern invention. Here’s the problem: We know very little about what Viking-age people (let alone people further back in time) did duringContinue reading “The Real History of Yule”