Author Archives: Annika Mongan

About Annika Mongan

As a born-again Christian minister I set out to convert Pagans. But through years of traveling and studying I became alienated from fundamentalism and found a new home in Witchcraft. Today I celebrate being born again and again, a lifelong cycle of transformation. A few years ago I founded an intentional Pagan community in California and am now in the process of networking and building an eco village. I love getting out into nature. During rainy seasons I am an avid mushroom hunter, in the summer I enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, and playing music around campfires. When I am not busy doing interfaith work or volunteering for too many events, I spend a lot of time studying and writing about religion. My writing can be found at Cross and Pentacle on and I write as the Born Again Witch on the Pagan channel at

No freedom from religion

I tried so hard to be an atheist. I imagined there’s no heaven. And no religion, too. I failed.

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Spiral Dance and Samhain

No sooner had I created this blog than I was bombarded with new thoughts and endless ideas to write about. In paganism we have just entered a new year that started with the festival of Samhain, or Halloween. The old … Continue reading

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An exploration of narratives

While I lived on the road, traveling from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, and zigzagging over all but five US States I blogged a lot. Thinking that the constant shifting of perspectives and world views would stop once I stopped … Continue reading

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