Can Business and Spirituality mix?

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Last week, I attended the first meeting of the Portland Pagan Society of Commerce, along with 6 other people. All of these people were, to one degree or another, involved in their own entrepreneurial work, identified as Pagans, and all of them wanted to find a way to support their business and the Pagan community. As I left the meeting, I asked myself the question, “Can Business and Spirituality mix?” [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Compassion isn’t Sacrifice

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What if we were to re-frame the idea of compassion not as an act of self-sacrifice, but as an act of self? [Read more...]

Born Again Witch: Divorced from all meaning

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In my introductory piece I wrote about the day I lost my Christian faith. I didn’t become a Pagan right away, even though that would have made a great story. A heroine’s quest. I would probably buy that novel, but my life isn’t a novel. Mine is a story of apostasy, of conversion, of empowerment, and of transition, experienced from different angles all at once. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: I Don’t Know

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Some teachers have called this “don’t know” the very heart of Zen. There are many layers to it, but one of the most important is its warning against certainty. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Technology, Athena, and Doing it Right

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It always bothers me a little bit when I see Pagans take highly anti-tech stances sometimes even to the point of proudly proclaiming themselves Luddites and accusing all (or most) the evils of society on technology. That just isn’t something I can let slide by. [Read more...]

The Witches Next Door: Beltane Rituals – Beyond the Bang

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What if boinking a beloved (or beloveds) isn’t your idea of celebrating Beltane? What if you don’t associate the arriving Rites of Spring with the the literal act(s) of, ahem, raising the Maypole? [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Into the Deep Within

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I sometimes wonder why I bother leading rituals. Why does religion matter? And then, in ritual, I hear the sound of two hundred people singing a chant together in harmony…feet pounding the ground as we dance. People laughing, weeping. People telling me that the ritual shifted something within them, that they felt the divine, that they spoke to an ancestor, that they released an old pain. That it made their lives better. [Read more...]


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