The Blooming Staff: Banish Trump, Exorcise Trump!

Occultists of all varieties need to banish the demonic principality of Donald Trump from our world. #BanishTrump! #ExorciseTrump! [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: Crowley Didn’t Burn Hot Enough

Aleister Crowley is often labeled a Decadent for his obsession with sex magick. But traditional mysticism is more radical in its understanding of sexuality. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: On the Papal World-Tree, or, An Esoteric Meditation on the Papacy

Nicholas Laccetti reflects on the history of occult interpretations of the Papacy, and what the office of the Pope could mean for esotericism today. [Read more…]

The Blooming Staff: The Longest Night and the Mystery of the Incarnation

Every December 21, a NY church holds a “Longest Night” service. Nicholas Laccetti reflects on this year’s in the light of the Winter Solstice and Christmas. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The All Gods Event

The All Gods Event is a ritual I created a few years ago when I was involved in a lot of intrafaith work in the Bay Area. I felt then, as I do now, that politics being what it is, it is even more important for us to pull together and support each other, because the upcoming political regime will not. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Village Games

Community practice in a village in ancient times would have had most people following similar customs, but that’s not always workable for modern pagans. That doesn’t mean one can’t have a meaningful Lughnasadh celebration in a group with only one Celt, though, and without giving short shrift to anyone else’s stuff. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Problem of Community

One of the tricky bits for a lot of people about the reconstructionist paganisms is that they were, in their original formats, the religions of an entire community. And, unfortunately, the odds are that if you’re specifically looking for a religious community comparable to what ancient people had, the answer is, “You don’t.” [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Broom Closets and Bible Belts – 10 Tips For Your Coming Out Party

I’d wager that many of you fine readers have struggled with the problem of being the odd-ball witch or pagan struggling to find acceptance in a family of evangelical, fundie Christians. That is a thing that happens down here in the bible-belt with alarming frequency, especially for young adults just starting out, and can be really challenging. For 15 years, I lied and hid who I really was from my mother, and most of our family, which was both miserable and pitiful. I regret how I handled things. Here are a few tips to consider, should you choose to come out of your broom closet, too. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: To Santa Claus or Not to Santa Claus? – Evidently that is the Question!

“I told her, mommy,” he says with complete exasperation, “Santa Claus was just God dressed up like the Holly King who is a God. Didn’t she know that all gods were one god anyway so no one was going to hell because everyone believed in God in their own way?”

“What did she say to that, honey?”

“She stomped her feet and screamed and ran away,” he said. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Paganism, Theism, and Belief

How do we determine if someone is Pagan? Do they join our events and participate in our communities? Do they support our rights to practice and believe as we think that Pagans should? Then I’ll say that they are Pagan. [Read more…]