About Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson is a queer, trans, 3rd Degree witch and was a co-founder of the Circle of Cerridwen and of the Witches’ Order of the Golden Dawn. She is also a rocket scientist who works at NASA, a musician, filmmaker, ham radio operator and the wife of a vicar.

Queer of Swords: The Beast with No Backs

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The LGBTQQI alphabet soup is missing a letter. There is a category of people that have gone largely unknown and ignored, even by themselves. The queer continuum is starting to take notice, but as-yet mainstream Paganism has been silent on the issue. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Going Groundclad

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I don’t remember now who coined the term, but we jokingly call the alternative to ritual nudity going groundclad. It works fine for us. We’re an Earth-based religion – why are we so obsessed with being clad by the sky anyway? [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Redaction for XXXX and XXXXXXX

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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. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

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In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: It’s Not Rocket Science!

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I can’t speak for all Pagans, all queers, or for that matter, all queer Pagans. I have no claim to any special position of power from which I can make pronouncements. But I have a habit of speaking truth to power. Change only comes when people refuse to politely wait their turn. [Read more...]


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