For the most part, Pagans are readers. We have no one path and no one text – so we rely on a variety of sources for inspiration. Building your own Pagan bookshelf can be confusing – so here are a few titles to get you started. Many, if not most, are available as Kindle books as well. Continue reading “Building your Pagan Bookshelf!”
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”
~ Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
“Real magic is not about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself.”
Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action.
“Love and compassion are not tender but rather invincible powers of our being that channel tremendous cosmic waves. They do not need a secure environment to be revealed; they can be expressed proudly and openly even in the most strident and noisy marketplace and in the face of strong opposing forces.”
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”
I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.
~ CHARLES DE LINT, attributed, Creatureton High
Join us Wednesday, December 18, 2019,
at Rockford Unitarian Universalist
for a family-friendly ritual to celebrate the arrival of the shortest day and longest night!
This Yule Ritual will be led by Allen and begins at 6 PM. Snacks and desserts served after the ritual.
“Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore.”
~ NEIL GAIMAN, The Books of Magic: The Invisible Labyrinth