Socially Responsible Magic: The Value of Being your own Teacher and Spiritual Authority

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I am self-taught because I couldn’t find the answers I was looking for in the authority of other people or, for that matter, the authority of any type of being. I could only find the answers through my own work and through my willingness to invest authority in myself. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Planning a Magical Party

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I’ve found that any social gathering, if approached with a magical mindset, can be a beautiful celebration of fun and abundance. [Read more...]

Born Again Witch: The Woman Who Laughs in the Forest

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When I lost my faith, I didn’t realize how much of my community I would also lose and how many friends would turn on me. This was a group of misfits, society’s outcasts, broken and rejected, and yet coming together with a vision for a kinder world. It felt right that I was welcomed into their midst. [Read more...]

The Path of She: The Path of the Dark Goddess

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Please welcome Karen Clark to the Agora. In her inaugural post, she tells us a little bit about herself and how she came to be writing here on the Patheos Pagan Channel. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Ares and Athena in the #BaltimoreUprising

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Our society is too much like Ares and too little like Athena. We are too ready to give in to the easy mindless rage that ends in defeat and humiliation for the aggressor and destruction for their victims, rather than the difficult, judicious, creative–but still valiant and strong–way of wisdom. The problem is not merely political: it reaches to the deep spiritual level of how we see our relation with ourselves and the world. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Behind the Veil

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When I step through the veil, it is a bit like a waking dream. I can fly. But, mostly I stumble around walking into walls, off cliffs, and into oceans. I’m just learning, and this is the way things are in my second favorite place to be online, and where I am planning a new herb garden: the Second Life virtual campus of the Grey School of Wizardry! [Read more...]

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...]


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