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Under the Ancient Oaks

The Limits of Hospitality

What does the virtue of hospitality tell us we should do in the current refugee crisis and with our broken immigration system? The answer is not simple.

Sermons from the Mound

Finding Our Differences: My Experience of the Polytheist Leadership Conference

Guest post: Julian Betkowski shares his impressions of the recent Polytheist Leadership Conference in Fishkill, New York.

Agora/Seekers and Guides

Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject: Teaching Sex Magick (Part Two)

Sable Aradia continues her series on teaching sex magick by examining the nature of consent. When can consent be honestly given, and when does an unequal power dynamic cloud the issue?

Wild Garden

Journey to Ithaca: Remembering Dr. Hal French

I was one of many students who recognized in Hal a guiding spirit. I turned to him for reflection and advice as I came to the end of both my college years and a troubled marriage. Like all gifted teachers, he asked more questions than he gave information, understanding the Socratic process by which we may discover our own wise depths. His peaceful calm and gentle sense of humor were a kind of sanctuary amidst the world’s intensities.

Raise the Horns

Oh No I’m Naked!

Some reflection before heading out on the road to a clothing optional festival.

Agora/The Zen Pagan

The Zen Pagan: The Quiet Side of Magic

It seems to me that to be a great magician is to be able to sit quietly when it is time to sit, and to be able to act boldly when it is time to act; to be able to listen and to speak, to see and to do -- and to know when the time is right for each.

A Word to the Witch

What's Traditional Witchcraft?

New blog! I am both a lineaged, initiated "Traditional Witch" and a folk-magic, yarb-gathering "traditional witch." Sitting on the boundary is a fine witchly occupation.

A Witch's Ashram

Chastity vs Hedonism

What's your goal? I don't think austerities are virtuous in and of themselves. They can be abused too easily. So too can hedonism.

Agora/Queer of Swords

Queer of Swords: Redaction for XXXX and XXXXXXX

Dogma is unreliable because mystical gnosis is noisy and susceptible to the bias of the listener. Redaction is therefore necessary in order for religions to live and grow as society evolves.