Socially Responsible Magic: Why I’m Excited about BRINGING RACE TO THE TABLE

Bringing Race to the Table

We need to continue to confront the reality of racism in our Pagan subculture and our culture overall. BRINGING RACE TO THE TABLE is one small contribution to that effort. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Gods Save Us From Glorious Struggles

US WWII civilian propaganda poster. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

Religion provides a ready-made us-versus-them narrative. This narrative often has little to do with the actual teachings of the religion, which in most cases are ambiguous at best or contradictory at worst on the topic of violence. But you don’t even need to know what those teachings are, as so-called “Islamic State” recruits cramming with The Koran for Dummies demonstrate. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: The Gentrification of Poverty

Gentrifying Poverty. Image by Sarah Thompson.

It is now possible to earn very good money indeed in the tech sector whilst feeling good about living a lifestyle that really is just gentrified poverty – two missed pay checks from living in a car, a subjectively high wage that objectively isn’t enough to save for our own retirement, let alone put a child through school. As Pagans, we have a bit of a bad habit of identifying as poorer than we really are. We forget that we can actually make a difference. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Whereof One Cannot Speak — #BlackLivesMatter

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#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a statement of fact — it should be a mantra that we all recite, loudly and often, and mean it. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Reality of Racism Can’t Be Ignored

Black Lives Matter

Racism is part of our lives. It’s time we acknowledge that and start working to change it. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting Around #Ferguson and Social Justice News

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When faced with my son’s frustration and hopelessness about racism, I sought the advice of his aunt, Crystal Blanton, pagan author and social activist. “Validate that sense of hopelessness,” she told me. “That sense of hopelessness is the first step to action because it shows a full understanding of the scope of the problems faced.” [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: #Ferguson: Righteous Anger and Wrathful Deities

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As a power hierarchy becomes more and more unjust, of course more brutal and repressive means will be necessary to preserve it. “No justice, no peace” is not a threat, it’s a moral law of the Universe: injustice can survive only under a rule of force, which generates its own opposition. Or as the Discordian Law of Eristic Escalation says, “Imposition of Order = Escalation of Chaos.” The occasional appearance of this sort of police state is a logical consequence of the fundamentally Neolithic structure of our civilization and our mainstream religion, of a culture that believes that “property” is real but that “mysticism”, the direct and immediate aesthetic religious experience, isn’t. [Read more...]


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