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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

Hosting the Conversation

Patheos has an ambitious mission: to host the conversation on faith. That the Patheos team hasn't tried to limit the conversation that we're having is to be lauded. They know that there are going to be disagreements on the site, but they also know that to try and separate appropriate content from inappropriate would far worse.

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.

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