Episode 52: Pagan Priesthood With Lora O’Brien

A special thanks to our episode sponsors: The Witches Resistance and Mystical Existence! See links below for special listener discounts. Leadership is essential to Magickal community, but there is no manual for it…or is there? Special guest Lora O’Brien joins us to discuss her new book A Practical Guide To Pagan Priesthood, the importance of Pagan clergy, as well as its responsibilities and challenges. Plus, hear the the origins of Courtney and Lora’s online food fight…which reaches a (sort of) dramatic climax in the game: Did Courtney Make It, Eat It, or Draw The Line? Kanani shares Magickal household hints and Hilary talks about using thyme Magick. Join us on Patreon to hear Lora’s response to a listener question about the ancient Irish using birds in divination. Audio transcript to follow.
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Our Guest Today

Lora O’Brien is an Author, Teacher, and Guide: native born Irish, with decades of personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. She is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and Priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality. Lora has been consciously following a Pagan path since 1994, and dedicated specifically to the Irish Goddess Mórrígan in 2004. She managed one of Ireland’s most important sacred sites – Cruachán/Rathcroghan – for a decade, and is a co-founder and Reverend legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland. With her partner, Jon O’Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag), she runs EelandOtterPress.net, and the IrishPaganSchool.com – an online learning environment where you can connect to the heritage, culture and spirituality of Pagan Ireland in an authentic and meaningful way, every day. Lora has 3 children, a grandchild… but never enough plants in her life to keep her happy.

Resource List

Connect with Lora:
LoraOBrien.ie (Blog, Teaching, Tour Guiding and Books)
EelandOtter.net (Irish Heritage and Mythology Products & Gifts)
IrishPaganSchool.com (Online Courses and Live Events)
Lora on Patreon
A Practical Guide To Pagan Priesthood by Lora O’Brien
Pagan Life Rites Ireland
Traditional Wicca in Ireland (Video with Lora and Barbara Lee)
The Children of Artemis
United Way of East Central Iowa
Habitat For Humanity of Los Angeles

Saskatchewan Salad*

*Not really from Saskatchewan.
Oysters, carrots, kiwis, peas, spam and green olives in a gelatin aspic, garnished with easy cheese. Courtney has never made this. But she might try it if offered.

Piecaken

Spice cake with an apple pie baked into it. Courtney made the one you see below for Thanksgiving, 2015.

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