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Patti Wigington

Updated Articles and Resources

By Patti Wigington

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Magical Oils 101 Created: Saturday, June 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014
      Learn the basics of blending your own magical oils. With just a few simple tips, you'll be able to make your own concoctions in no time at all.
    • The Norse Runes Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Are you interested in learning about the magic of the Norse runes? This popular divination system is rooted in the legend and lore of Norse mythology.
    • Sacred Places to Visit Around the World Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      There are a number of sites around the globe that are places of mystery and magic. Learn about nine amazing places that draw natural energy from the earth.
    • Richmond, IN: Leigh Anne Ernst Created: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Are you Pagan clergy? Here's where you can list your contact information, and let other readers know a little about you. If you're someone who is looking for Pagan clergy, be sure to check the list...
    • Why Use CE and BCE for Dates? Created: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
      Wondering why we use the abbreviations of CE and BCE at About Paganism & Wicca, instead of the BC and AD you're used to seeing in dates? Here's a brief explanation.
    • Sample Poppet Ideas - Poppetry In Action Created: Thursday, June 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Understand the basics of poppet construction but still not sure how to put one together? Here are a few ideas to get you started on your way to poppet magic!
    • All About Lammas (Lughnasadh) - What is Lammas? - How to Celebrate Lammas Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, falls at the beginning of the harvest season. Apples are ready and grain is beginning to ripen. It's also a day for honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Learn about traditions and rituals for celebrating this early harvest holiday.
    • How to Create Sacred Space Created: Sunday, March 11, 2012 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Many people love the idea of sacred space - but how can you create your own sacred space in your everyday life? Here are some tips on how to make any area a bit more magical.
    • Poppet Construction - How to Make Your Own Magical Doll Created: Thursday, June 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      A poppet can be as simple or as elaborate as you like -- it all depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it. Learn the basics of how to build a cloth poppet here.
    • Gods of the Ancient Romans Created: Monday, August 03, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      The ancient Romans honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshipped today by Roman reconstruction groups. For the Romans, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part...
    • Deities of the Fields Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      In nearly every ancient culture, Lammas was a time of celebration of the agricultural significance of the season. Because of this, it was also a time when many gods and goddesses were honored. Meet some of the many deities who are connected with the early harvest season.
    • Ceres, Goddess of the Grain Fields Created: Sunday, August 17, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      The Romans honored Ceres, the goddess of grain, each summer. Let's see why Ceres was so important - and which Greek myth she ties into!
    • Poppet History - Global Poppet Magic Created: Thursday, June 26, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      The use of dolls and figures in magic is nothing new. From the ancient Greeks and Egyptians to modern Hoodoo, poppet magic has a long and interesting history!
    • Poppets 101 - Introduction to Poppet Magic Created: Thursday, June 26, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Although most people think of a "Voodoo doll" when they think of poppets, there are many different ways to create one. Learn what a poppet is and how it's used.
    • Mecca, Saudi Arabia Created: Sunday, August 17, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Mecca is the holy city at the center of the Muslim world. Although non-Muslims do not have access to it, Mecca is well known as a sacred place within Islam.
    • Machu Picchu, Peru Created: Friday, June 17, 2011 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Machu Picchu has been shrouded in mystery and magic for hundreds of years. This sacred site was built in the 15th century, but was abandoned soon after. It lay unnoticed by the western world until a Yale explorer found it in 1911. Let's look at a brief overview of Machu Picchu, and why it's significant.
    • Ley Lines: Magical Energy of the Earth Created: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      Ley lines are often described in earth-based spirituality. But what are these lines, and how do they connect one place to another?
    • The Norse Runes - A Basic Overview Created: Monday, December 22, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 17, 2014
      What are the Norse Runes, and how are they used? Learn the basic background of this ancient alphabet, and how they've become a powerful form of divination.
    • Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, UK Created: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Glastonbury Tor has long been known as a place of myth and magic. Learn about the Tor and how its legends came to be.
    • Is Witchcraft a Religion? Created: Saturday, August 16, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      Is the practice of witchcraft, in a non-Wiccan context, a religion? Or is it simply a skill set that can be utilized as part of spiritual practice?
    • How To Celebrate a Winter Full Moon - Group Ceremony Created: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Instead of a regular Esbat rite, some Pagan groups tailor their full moon celebrations to the season. This ceremony is designed for a group of at least four people, and can be held during any of the chilly winter months.
    • Pagans and Homeschooling Created: Thursday, April 08, 2010 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      As federal and state funding for public schools declines, more and more people are turning to homeschooling as an option. Pagan families have begun to join the movement as well, for a variety of reasons.
    • Are Online Witchcraft Classes Legitimate? Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Readers want to know if online witchcraft classes are legitimate. That all depends on what you're really getting from the class, and how it's going to benefit you.
    • Incense, Asthma and Allergies Created: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Do you worry about incense making your allergy symptoms or asthma worse? Let's talk about how incense can effect your ability to stay healthy, if you suffer from asthma or allergies.
    • Creating Gods from Literature and Pop Culture Created: Saturday, August 17, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      A reader says he's been working his way through a popular fiction series, and wants to know if he can honor the gods and goddesses in these books, even though they were invented by the author.
    • Is It Anti-Pagan to Celebrate Halloween? Created: Monday, September 21, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      A reader is concerned that there's a conflict between the silly fun of Halloween and the more somber spiritual aspects of Samhain. Is it disrespectful, or anti-Pagan, to celebrate Halloween?
    • Magic for Personal Gain Created: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014
      There's an awful lot of speculation about whether or not it's okay to perform magic for personal gain. Unless your particular tradition forbids it, here's why you should feel okay about doing magic to benefit yourself.
    • Are Green-Skinned Witch Decorations Offensive? Created: Saturday, August 09, 2014 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Why do we see green-skinned witch decorations at Halloween? Is it meant as deliberate intolerance, or is it just a bit of harmless fun?
    • How To Celebrate an Autumn Full Moon - Group Ceremony Created: Friday, July 27, 2007 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Instead of a regular Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups tailor their full moon celebrations to the season. This ceremony is designed for a group of at least four people, and can be held during any of the autumn harvest months.
    • Legal Rights of Pagan Students Created: Monday, May 28, 2007 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014
      Can Pagan students be treated differently at school? Actually, they have the same rights as everyone else. Read on to learn about how to protect your religious freedoms in an educational setting.
    • Samhain Customs and Folklore Created: Friday, August 08, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 2014
      Samhain is a time of year rich in customs, and folklore. Let's look at some of the best known traditions of the Samhain and Halloween season!
    • All About Samhain Created: Friday, August 22, 2008 Updated: Saturday, August 09, 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.

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