I love the Harvest festivals. I love fall. I love the changing colors and how the air smells when the weather changes for the worst. The climate is semi-arid where I live, so cold days can be managable. It’s usually the wind that gets us in the winter. And September and October can still be warm months. November is really when the autumn settles in.

Needless to say then, we don’t celebrate the harvest festivals because of our harvest, though there is plenty of that around. I don’t do it, but the roadside stands offering pumpkins and squash, corn and funny-shaped gourds polkadot the main streets of my city. I have yet to purchase a nearly obligatory something, but we just had our Mabon celebration in my local community, and it was beautiful, making me want to go get one. Maybe two.

Maybe it’s my darker liking of the different Sabbats, but I find the story of the wounded and dying god much more realistic and beautiful than some of the more fluffy messages that creep out of Ostara and Imbolc. Granted, I’ll probably change my tune around February when I’m ready for warm weather again, but I’ll burn that bridge when I get there.

Happy Equinox, happy Mabon, whatever you celebrate this week, make it happy!

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We’re gonna try to get a resurgence in this site, though it will be taking a different incarnation. It will be run by the propriators, but probably not have any guest submissions as of yet. We’ll see how the site improves over time, and what sort of feedback we get, then go from there.

Don’t be a stranger. Tell your friends: Pagan Quill is gonna take another stab at it.

Folks! It’s been too long! How are you? How are the kids?

We apologize for the absence, but it seems now might be a good a time as any to start things back up. So, we’re putting up a prompt to offer a little inspiration to those who might still be interested in our little project here.

Topic: Winter

With the commerical holiday season over, its time to really focus on the core lessons of the season. All things in turn, no? What does winter bring out of you? How do you react to it? What do you like best? What sorts of things crawl into your brain when you curl up next to a warm fire? These are the sorts of things we want to know about.

Be it poem or story, photo or drawing, you can send it in. However, if you want to promote yourself, give yourself a shameless plug, feel free to just post a link to your work in the comments with a sample of the piece. We’ll keep them open for about a week or two, then give another prompt.

In a way, we’re back! Tell your friends, send in your stuff: paganquill@gmail.com, or just link it in the comments. Either way, we just want to get those frozen creative juices flowing again!

We’re back! Life has dealt its cruel hand, but we’re back. This week, we’re touching into the softer side of PaganQuill, reaching into inboxes and blogs to find the more introspective works that lie in the hearts of so many Pagans. We want to thank all of the previous writers who’ve graciously asked or let us publish their works here, and we hope they will continue. That said, you could be among them.

This week, we start with poetry. Laurie Woodward gives us another poem from the Pagan mind. Laurie is one of a handful that joined the facebook group early on, and we’re glad to have her here. If you haven’t joined the group yet, please do. Just search for PaganQuill. If you are in the group, thanks for your support, and we hope you’ll drop by and leave a comment here or give us feedback on the site.

Next, the Silent K lets us into her mind, wherein struggles a woman so like many of us. It’s not easy in this world, but I’ll let her tell you more. Silent K has a number of blogs, included one on yoga. She’s a great writer, photographer, and knitter. Leave her a juicy comment when you drop by.

Finally, this week, we’ve got a short piece of fiction from Shaughnessy Brooks. Personally, I felt this work touched on the myths of times gone, one that is held quite dear in some circles. Ms. Brooks also has a book, Bards and Ravens, which should be a pretty good read. Give it a look.

It’s quickly becoming fall. Mabon is right around the corner, harvest season is coming quick upon us. I love this time of year. For me, its means getting back to school and starting up marching band. It also means the dog days of summer are right on top of me, but I’ve only mere weeks before the cooler September winds start to roll over me. I can’t wait! Many of you probably have children. Some of you may even be taking a college class or two. Either way, or if you’re none of these, find something to learn. The fall is the time of year where my brain is in overdrive, like many other people, and it’s exhilarating. Take advantage of this educational season.

Send that piece you’re still scrapping the final flecks to paganquill@gmail.com. Send us your photographs and other personal creations. We want to start reaping the creativity that’s been growing all summer, so let us be the place you hang your fruits up to dry. Until next week…

Here is our first “Out to Lunch” sign for this volume. We’re taking steps to increase our content, but right now, we’re just far too busy with our normal lives to get out an issue. Want proof? I present to you my plane ticket to Orlando for a fraternity conference, and a pay stub from two weeks of band camp, as I mentioned on my blog. Cassie’s handing me a plane ticket from Chicago and entry fee receipts from BlogHer, which she’s been doing. Go, Cassie! Pimp that Ethos!

So, for this week, we’re taking a break. I’m starting a new job, Cassie is trying to get ready for the new semester, and life is kicking us both in the ass. Enough excuses: Next week, we’ll get some reading material up. Blessings, everyone!

As both editors for PQ are in the midst of trip frenzy, this post is going to be a bit short and to the point. Cassie wonders though if there are going to be any other Pagan bloggers at the Blogher Conference. If yes, they should say hi!

It’s mostly fitting then, in light of all the traveling, that we start off this week with Laurie Woodward’s poem contribution called “Flying“:

Rather wrap me in whirlwinds’ chaos
That play with my garments and tease at my hair
Flowing over, around and through me like a river

S.Nicole wraps up her series which discussed Pagan Misconceptions with a post titled “Pagan Religions are cults“. She counters the misconception in part by saying, “Followers of Pagan religions encourage others to think their beliefs through and then putting those beliefs into practice, either by themselves or within a group setting.”

Bernulf also continues on with about The Nine Noble Virtues; this week – “Discipline“:

In my opinion, this is one of the most difficult virtues to consistently apply in one’s life because it requires self-mastery.

Lastly, we here at PQ were invited to add some content up at MetaPagan, a site which goes about gathering a variation of different things from around the Pagan Internet ether. If any of our readers have any ideas on what should be covered or having an tips on sites that should be hightlighted, please leave us a comment! See you next week!

Welcome back to another week’s edition of PaganQuill, or PQ if you prefer – because acronyms are hip. Let’s try the bandwagon approach: be hip and submit something!

The conclusion of John Michael Greer’s article on the Druidry and the Future ruminates on the possible courses of actions for the future. From “Steps Toward a Livable Future“:

“Human life depends on the surrounding natural world, to an extent that industrial civilization has forgotten but the deindustrial civilizations of the future will have to remember.”

Bernulf also continues with the in depth analysis of the Nine Noble Truths, from “Honor“:

In my own mind (and I suspect in the minds of most other contemporary Heathens), those Heathens of old, who stood in defiance of their kings when ordered to abandon our gods and convert to Christianity, are honorable heroes … but would they have thoughts of themselves the same way?

Cat Chapin-Bishop, in “The W Word“, talks about the dualism of a minority religion – on one hand, standing by who you are and on the other, the feeling of relief from not needing to fight for what you believe on a day-to-day basis. She says, “I have so _loved_ feeling that I have a truthful answer to the question of what my religion is that does not automatically earn me hatred and condemnation.”

Christopher Stone, from CunningFolk.com, delves into the wording associated with witchcraft and magic, “Folk who use cunning in the practice of the magical arts; which means that another word for “magic” might be “cunning”.”

Given the continuing Harry Potter fervor, S. Nicole has a well-timed note on her Pagan Misconceptions – “Pagans are trying to lure minors to paganism through popular books such as Harry Potter”. She notes, “To me it seems that if parents didn’t think that these books (or any other books) were inappropriate for their kids they would not let read these.”

Both editors at PQ are going to scramble to be up on the literature, but we don’t want to spend the whole weekend crying like Hogwarts First Years. (Oh, I went there!) Take care and see you all here next week!