Author Archives: Ben Gruagach

Pagan Booklist: Building a Relationship with Deities

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The Wiccan Lord and Lady

Some modern Pagan practitioners dedicate themselves to building a personal relationship with a specific deity, or perhaps a group of deities. Here are a few book suggestions to help in that regard. “Dedicant, Devotee, Priest: A Pagan Guide to Divine Relationships” by Stephanie Woodfield. “For the Love of the Gods: The History and Modern Practice of Theurgy, Our Pagan Inheritance”… Read more »

Pagan Booklist: Working With Energy

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Casting a spell or doing any form of magick involves more than just saying specific words and having specific ingredients gathered together. To make it all work you have to be able to draw up and then direct energy to power the whole thing. How can you learn about magical energy, how to tap into it, and how to direct… Read more »

Pagan Booklist: Protection Magick

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Magic Circle Abra Cadabra

Anyone who wants to learn how to do magick would be wise to start with protection magick. It’s not because magick is inherently dangerous (although depending what you get into it can be) but because you can learn the basics while also building skills that will help keep you out of any potential trouble.

Online Beltane 2021

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The Beltane Fire Society is hosting their annual April 30th festival online again this year due to the COVID pandemic. It’s free although donations are appreciated. For more details check https://beltane.org (Image “Beltane 09 – Fire Arch 2” by *Debs* is licensed under CC BY 2.0 )

Pagan Booklist: Trance (Part 2)

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Many Witches, Wiccans, and occultists work with trance and altered states of consciousness as a major part of their practice. If you are interested in getting started in this sort of work check out the introductory books listed in Pagan Booklist: Trance. If you’re ready for more here are some suggestions to get you even more involved. “Travelling Between the… Read more »

Newgrange’s Winter Solstice to be live-streamed

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Another interesting way to celebrate Yule 2020 — watch the live-stream of Winter Solstice at Newgrange! https://www.irishpost.com/news/newgrange-monuments-magical-winter-solstice-to-be-live-streamed-across-the-world-199246 UPDATE: You can watch the recorded video at https://youtu.be/8anbIH-XfPU

Circle Sanctuary’s Online Yule 2020

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Here’s what Circle Sanctuary is offering for Yule 2020 online in this year of the pandemic: YULE FESTIVAL 2020 ONLINESaturday, December 19,  10 AM – 1 PM Central Time Registration is open for this year’s Community Yule! Blessings, toasting, sharing and giving thanks during the Yuletide period is tradition and social distancing  is making that hard for us this year.  But… Read more »

Online Samhain Celebrations 2020

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pentacle with pumpkins, candle and book

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a number of events have opted to shift to online celebrations instead of outright cancellations. Here’s a few that you might want to participate in! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/samhain-online-ritual-tickets-123443507855 https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/events/samhain-2020