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...]

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...]

What Good is Magic, Anyway?

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The occult plays a significant role in Paganism. When I think of the occult, I think of magic, and while there are some movements under the Pagan umbrella that question whether magic is relevant to Paganism or to their specific traditions, I’m going to tell you why magic is relevant to me and what it is good for and why it isn’t an optional part of my spiritual path. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: My Journey to Stillness

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Each year I do a ritual working called the Elemental Balancing Ritual. I do it once a year and then do the daily work thereafter. It’s internally focused, for the most part; the idea being that I do the work to create balance with an element I’m working with. It’s hard work, for it involves facing and working through my own issues, and yet it is rewarding work because I feel that it has, on the whole, led to a more balanced and holistic approach to life. This year, I’m working with the element of “stillness.” [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why We Need to Have the Hard Conversations

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Over the last year or so, the Pagan community has engaged in hard conversations dealing with issues including consent culture, sex positivity, and racism. These are important conversations, but they are also hard; in part because of what they make each person realize about themselves and in part because we look at our community–and where we fit into it differently–as a result of them. But, while these conversations are hard, they are also necessary. [Read more...]

Magician, know thyself! What is your intrinsic drive?

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An exploration of intrinsic motivation and its importance work and service to others. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Question I Ask Myself Every Day

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The question that shapes my spiritual practice and my daily work: who can I help? [Read more...]


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