The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition by Dianne Sylvan The Circle Within is your guide to creating a personal spiritual practice for daily life. The first section is a thoughtful examination of Wiccan ethics and philosophy that explores how to truly live Wicca. The second section includes devotional prayers and rituals that provide inspirationContinue reading “The Circle Within: Creating a Wiccan Spiritual Tradition”
I have been reading a few books lately, such as Deborah Blake’s Everyday Witchcraft and more recently Dianne Sylvan’s The Circle Within, that discuss how to build a daily practice. I have been inspired and have introduced many of these concepts in my daily life. One of which is a prayer before starting my workContinue reading “Prayer Before Work”
Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World by Deborah Blake Walk your personal Pagan path with grace and wisdom, integrating a spiritual practice into your life in just a few minutes per week. Simple, fun, and easy to follow, Everyday Witchcraft shows that, no matter how busy or hectic life is, even small actsContinue reading “Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World”
Paganism, also called Neopaganism, Modern Paganism or Contemporary Paganism, is a recent movement which is a modern take on ancient practices. It is an umbrella term that can include a variety of denominations, traditions, or religious movements. These can include Wicca, Druidry, Norse Heathenry and other Polytheistic Reconstructionist or Traditionalist groups (Celtic, Germanic, Hellenic, Kemetic, Baltic, Slavic), Goddess Religions,Continue reading “Paganism”
Skadi, Skade, Skathi (Norse), Sceadu (Anglo-Saxon) Skadi (Skaði) is a female jötunn (giant) and Norse goddess of winter, snow, mountains and the hunt. She is also associated with independence, wilderness and wisdom. Skadi lived in the highest reaches of the snow-covered mountains. She was described as being tall and beautiful with long black hair, silverContinue reading “Skadi, the Snow Queen”
There are many forms of triple, tripartite or threefold deities in ancient mythology. Some are seen as a triad who always appear in a group (such as the Norse Norns, the Greek Fates, or the Roman Matres), while some are seen as a single deity having three aspects (such as Greek Hecate).
The raven is associated with mysticism, magic, shapeshifting and creation. Raven’s black plumage, haunting caw, and scavenger diet has led the raven to become a symbol of bad omens and death. However, the meaning behind raven is often contradictory.
I have started drawing Druid Animal Oracle cards again. Yesterday I drew the Swan (Eala), which represents Soul, Love and Beauty. The Swan brings us the qualities of the soul – of love and depth, grace and beauty. Since the swan is associated with Samhain, it represents that part of us which can travel intoContinue reading “Druid Animal Oracle – Swan”
Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn Mac Cool) was an Irish warrior hero who features in stories from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. He also features in the folklore of Scotland and the Isle of Man. Fionn was the son of Cumhaill, the leader of the Fianna, and Muirne, daughter of the druid Tadg mac Nuadat. Continue reading “Fionn mac Cumhaill”
Heathenry, or Germanic Neopaganism, centres on Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon deities and mythology. Heathens are largely polytheistic and follow a reconstructionist viewpoint, which aims to recreate the religion of ancient people through study of archaeological and historical records. These records include Old Norse texts (such as the Prose and Poetic Eddas, and the Icelandic Sagas), Germanic folklore,Continue reading “Heathenry”