Author Archives: Literata

About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.

Donations in memory of Jean

In keeping with my mother’s wishes that people donate to libraries, I invite anyone who is interested to donate to the New Alexandrian Library in her memory. Please consider this as part of your holiday or end-of-year giving! Donations earmarked … Continue reading

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Ritual for committing to daily practice using the Eight of Pentacles

The 8 of Pentacles is an image of an apprentice practicing a craft. The message of this card emphasizes that progress and rewards come from repeated, enduring practice. In this ritual you will commit to practicing a single action every … Continue reading

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Ritual for creating stability using the Four of Pentacles

The 4 of Pentacles is traditionally seen as depicting a miser, someone who clings to possessions and physical objects at the expense of all else. For the purposes of this ritual, I would like to propose an alternate interpretation: someone … Continue reading

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Samhain – Learning to Listen

I am continuing to republish a series of articles originally written in 2011. I wrote this piece only a few months before my mother was diagnosed with cancer, and it is especially poignant in light of her recent passing. May … Continue reading

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Candles for Jean

My mother, Jean, died last night. Some of you knew her under her Craft name, Cameo.  Everyone who met her was impressed with her strength and grace. She was a true child of Brigid, as a nurse, as a mother, … Continue reading

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Mabon – The Myth of Progress

I’m continuing to republish a series of articles on the Sabbats originally written in 2011. Mabon, the autumn equinox, is something of a blank slate. In the Wheel of the Year, the “cross-quarter days” are Celtic fire festivals; the other … Continue reading

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Now at Pagan Square: Practice what’s not perfect

I’m suggesting that more of us take this back-to-school time to challenge ourselves to try something new without being limited by our previous assumptions of what we’re innately good at. Read more at Pagan Square.

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