A constellation of goddesses for July 4th

This 4th of July I’ll be honoring Columbia, and plenty of people will honor Lady Liberty, but some other goddesses have recently caught my attention and I thought this was the perfect day to mention them.

I’m in the midst of trying to get my ordination recognized by the state of Virginia. Selena Fox, a long-time worshiper of Liberty, pointed out that Virginia’s state seal features the goddess Virtus, a personification of virtue. Another priestess who honors the Greek gods also mentioned the three goddesses on …

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Two songs to Columbia

I’m about to head off to the drumming at the Jefferson Memorial. In that spirit, I wanted to share two historical songs that describe Columbia. May your Samhain weekend get off to a great start!

Hail Columbia:

Hail Columbia, happy land!
Hail, ye heroes, heav’n-born band,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
Who fought and bled in freedom’s cause,
And when the storm of war was gone
Enjoy’d the peace your valor won.
Let independence be our boast,
Ever mindful what it cost;
Ever grateful for the prize,
Let its altar reach the skies.

Firm, united …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 5

Hecate describes the final Tarot card she drew to describe Columbia and synthesizes the whole reading, saying that Columbia wants her devotees to stop acting from fear, accept her blessings, and step up to protect her principles.

This post is the final in a series begun in July, concerning my conversation with the Goddess Columbia. Here are Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

My final question to Columbia was: “What do you want from your devotees?” Using the Wildwood Tarot, I pulled the Eight …

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Isaac Bonewits and honoring Liberty

Isaac Bonewits had a deep commitment to the principles of pluralism, democracy, freedom, and liberty, as evidenced by his many efforts and writings on these topics. I’ve collected links to some of those resources available online which people involved in the Hail Columbia efforts might wish to use.

When the statue of Freedom that stands on top of the Capitol was temporarily brought to ground level for cleaning and restoration, Bonewits led a group that consecrated it to the purpose of promoting the ideals which it …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 4

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

It’s fascinating to me, in so many ways, how Paganism has grown and changed in the few short decades since, just about the time that I was born, Doreen Valiente and Gerald Gardner reintroduced it to the Western world. In some ways, the Witchcraft that I practice today, on the banks of the Potomac River, is as different from Gardnerian Wicca as Gerald Gardner’s practice was from rituals enacted by the builders of Stonehenge (and we …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 3

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

“‘Only connect!’ That was the whole of her sermon. . . . Live in fragments no longer.” ~ E.M. Forster

More than anything else, being a Witch, for me, is about connection. Connection to the Earth, the Elements, my landbase, my watershed, and all the entities (corporeal and non) that share them with me. Connection to the Goddesses and Gods. Connection to the Web of All. And because, like most American Pagans, I live in an urban …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 2

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

Whenever you get to know someone, and I’m a firm believer that magical workers need to really know each other, it’s helpful to know their history. You know: their family, their stories about school, and love, and life. What critical events shaped them? How did they get to this point? Who is it that, while not present at the table, is still influencing events? What song sums up their life? What’s their favorite movie, emblematic tarot …

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Conversations with Columbia: Part 1

This post is mirrored by kind permission of Hecate Demeter.

As a polytheist, I find it endlessly interesting seeing to which deities different people are drawn.

For some people, there’s an attraction to a pantheon related to their ancestry, although, even there, there’s a wide variety of Goddesses/Gods from which to choose. What makes someone choose Freya over Frigga or Idrun? (Or should the question be, “What makes Freya choose some people, while Frigga chooses others, and Idrun still others?”)

For others, and this has been true for …

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