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Patti Wigington

Updated Articles and Resources

By Patti Wigington

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Bat Magic and Folklore Created: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      In many parts of the world, once the sun begins to set, bats emerge from their resting places and zoom around outdoors, hunting for sustenance. Let's look at the legends and myths surrounding these nocturnal flyers.
    • Basic Principles and Concepts of Wicca Created: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      If you're just getting started in learning about Wicca, here are a few of the basic principles and concepts you should know.
    • Do Pagans and Wiccans Hate Christianity and Christians? Created: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      A reader is thinking about becoming more involved in her local Pagan community but has some concerns that she'll be required to start "hating" Christianity, the religion in which she was raised. Find out whether or not Pagans and Wiccans are expected to hate Christianity.
    • Why Do People Become Pagan or Wiccan? Created: Thursday, November 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      A reader writes in wondering why people decide to follow a Wiccan or Pagan spiritual path. Learn why so many Pagans feel like they're moving TO something, rather than away from another faith.
    • Legend of the Samhain Needfire Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      In some of the Celtic countries, it became tradition to light a "Needfire" at the time of Samhain. Find out what this fire was for, and what was so special about lighting it.
    • All About Samhain Created: Friday, August 22, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Some people celebrate it as Halloween, but for Pagans, October 31 is typically known as Samhain. It's the old Celtic new year - sometimes called the Witches' New Year - and it's a time for honoring those who have crossed over into the spirit world.
    • Legends and Lore of Owls Created: Sunday, August 21, 2011 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Owls have featured in folklore and legend for a long time. Here are some of the most popular tales of owl magic and mythology.
    • Gods and Goddesses of Death and the Underworld Created: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      In many cultures, gods of the underworld and death are celebrated during the harvest time. Learn about these gods and goddesses who preside over the domain of the dead.
    • Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Samhain is a season for many Pagans to work magic involving divination and spirit communication. Here are some important things you need to know about Samhain spirit work, divination and magic.
    • Pagans and Death Created: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      For many modern Pagans, there is a somewhat different philosophy on death and dying than what is seen in the non-Pagan community. Let's look at some Pagan perspectives on death and dying, as well a...
    • Make a Witch Bottle Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      The witch bottle is a magical tool that has been reported in use for centuries. It was usually made of pottery or glass, and included sharp objects.
    • The Dumb Supper - A Feast With the Dead Created: Saturday, October 06, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      In many Pagan traditions, Samhain is celebrated with a Dumb Supper. This is a meal with place settings for relatives and friends who have crossed over in the past year. Here's how to host one.
    • How Safe is a Ouija Board? Created: Monday, November 05, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      We've all heard about Ouija boards as a form of divination, as well as the corresponding cautionary tales. Just how safe is it to use a Ouija board?
    • Ghosts, Poltergeists and Hauntings Created: Saturday, August 17, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Belief in ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities is not something that is unique to the Pagan religious traditions. Many people - Pagan and otherwise - accept the existence of some sort of spirit...
    • Spirit Guide Warning Signs Created: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Many people believe they have spirit guides. But what are some of the warning signs you should look for when dealing with otherworldly beings? Here are some ways to tell if you spirit guide isn't really there to guide at all.
    • How to Find Your Spirit Guide Created: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Are you trying to find a way to meet your spirit guide or guides? Many people believe they have a spirit guide - here are a few tips to help you meet yours.
    • What Is a Spirit Guide? Created: Monday, November 26, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Lots of people believe they have spirit guides -- but how do you know that it's not just your imagination? Learn about some of the different types of spirit guides.
    • How To Hold a Seance Created: Monday, September 24, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Many Pagans communicate with the spirit world by way of holding seances. Before you have a seance of your own, there are a few things to keep in mind.
    • Samhain Divination Created: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Samhain is a popular time for divination. Learn about some of the traditional methods of divination during the Samhain season.
    • The Magic of Corn Created: Friday, August 03, 2012 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Corn is a grain that has been part of our diet for thousands of years. Because it's so hardy and versatile, there have been numerous legends, myths and folktales surrounding its planting, cultivation, and harvest.
    • How To Celebrate the God & Goddess at Samhain Created: Saturday, October 06, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      In some Wiccan traditions, people choose to honor the God and Goddess, rather than focusing on the harvest aspect of the holiday. If this is something you'd like to do, this ritual welcomes the Goddess in her persona as Crone, and the Horned God of the autumn hunt.
    • Samhain Rituals and Ceremonies Created: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Looking for a ceremony or ritual to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Here's where you'll find a number of modern Pagan rituals and ceremonies, all of which can be adapted either for solitarie...
    • Samhain Prayers Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Are you looking for some simple Samhain prayers to include in your rituals? Try one of these prayers as part of your Samhain celebrations.
    • Prayer to the Deities of Death Created: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      At Samhain, the earth is growing cold and dark. It is a time of death, of endings and beginnings. This prayer honors some of the deities associated with death and the underworld.
    • Ancestor Prayer for Samhain Created: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Many people choose to use Samhain as a time of honoring their bloodline. Use this prayer to celebrate your ancestry at Samhain.
    • Prayer for the End of Harvest Created: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      This prayer honors the end of the harvest, and the dying of the earth, at the Samhain season.
    • A Kids Prayer for Samhain Created: Thursday, October 08, 2009 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Looking for a simple and fun prayer your kids can say at Samhain? This quick prayer thanks the ancestors, and affirms that Samhain isn't really a night to be fearful at all.
    • Ritual to Honor the Ancestors at Samhain Created: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      For many Pagans, the honoring of the ancestors is a key part of their spirituality. This ceremony can be held by itself or as part of a group of Samhain rituals.
    • Samhain Ancestor Rite for Families with Children Created: Thursday, October 10, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Are you looking for a simple Samhain ritual you can perform with younger children? This ritual is appropriate for smaller family members, and celebrates the theme of honoring the ancestors at Samhain.
    • Samhain Ritual to Honor Animals Created: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Man's relationship with animals has evolved over thousands of years. Where once they were only a source of food, now they are our companions. Take a moment to honor the animal spirits in a ritual for Samhain.
    • Ritual Honoring the Harvest's End Created: Monday, September 17, 2007 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter.
    • Samhain Cemetery Visit Created: Sunday, October 06, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Are you planning a cemetery visit as part of your Samhain celebrations? Here are some tips and ideas for how to plan a Samhain cemetery visit to honor the dead.

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