Guest Post: A Ganesh Isn’t a Ganesh Until it’s Broken

And that’s when it hit me: of course our Ganeshes are broken and repaired, because the god himself was broken and repaired. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Saying Goodbye

The Rev. Melissa Hill says goodbye and reflects on her journey to becoming a writer and where she’s headed next. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Orlando, Islam, and Glass Houses

Most of America woke up to some pretty disturbing news this morning. At 2 am. a shooter opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. In what has become the largest mass shooting in American history, over fifty people were killed with fifty more injured and receiving medical attention. I would love to think [Read More…]

Hills of the Horizon: A Defense of Sacred Kingship

Several years ago, I took a trip out into the sticks for a Beltane ritual. Some folks out there needed a May Queen, and through a sequence of coincidences I happened to be both available and qualified. It was a short-term gig in sacral rulership, with my blessing sought to help with the fertility and health of the land. It’s one of the things that I think about when I poke my nose into debates and discussions about sacred kings. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: HB2 – There’s a Safe Pot to Piss in at the End of the Rainbow

This bill isn’t really about transgendered people, or what pots they piss in, but it does herald a new civil rights movement. These things tend to flare up over the question of where folks are allowed to sit down. Whether this be about a bus seat, a lunch-counter seat, or a toilet seat, it clearly is a much larger issue of discrimination than the seething ignorantsia (3) within the conservative majority of the South would have you believe. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: We Are Our Deeds

There’s this unfortunate tendency in Pagan circles for those holding the title of ‘Elder’ to be held as somehow above reproach. As if questioning these people at all is somehow showing a lack of proper respect and deference for an empty title. It’s Paganism’s own personal brand of ad verecundiam, and it REALLY needs to stop. [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…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Not That Kind Of Witch

We really gain nothing as a community, even a very loosely based and held together community, by judging and excluding each other for our differences. Our diversity should be a strength, not a weakness. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: To Listen

To listen passively leads to anger and pain. To listen actively, while difficult, leads to understanding and acceptance. Will you make the effort to truly listen to another? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Cultural Appropriation and Pagan Fear

If little Suzy wants to go up onto a mountain top, burn some sage, and try to get in touch with her extremely distant native American roots, that’s one thing. When Little Suzy comes back down from the mountain and claims to be a Hopi spiritual leader, that’s quite another. [Read more…]