The Blooming Staff: The Curious Conversion of Frater Achad

I can’t recall the number of times I have sat at my computer with a stack of books by my side in the middle of the night, say at 2:45 AM or maybe 4, bursting (silently) with excitement over some intellectual epiphany, some sudden realization or Eureka! moment in which I feel like I have finally cracked open the secrets of the universe. [Read more…]

Five ways to Establish a Local Traditional Witchcraft practice

When I meet other witches I love hearing about their stomping grounds and see what they gather there. Gathering waters, dirts, herbs, wands and stones from local power spots is essential for traditional spell work. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Prayer 2.01 Beta (We’re All Still in Beta)

Many people pray. Sometimes multiple times in one day. “Petition magic” and prayer are the oldest forms of magic. With a few tricks, we can make our prayers change our world more often. [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Themes of Celebration – Sun and Shadow

My own approach to holidays is multilayered. I think of it a bit like celebrating in sun and shadow, hence the title of today’s article, with the sun representing the public Druidic side of my practice and the shadow representing the private witchcraft side of things. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: Top Ten Magickal Facts about Trees

I gravitate to trees. I can think of at least 3 places I’ve lived where loving the tree preceded picking the home or apt. The one in front of our place now gives it a special charm that I enjoy every day, especially when I need to refresh. Trees are calming, mystical and magical and bring a sense of peace to any trying time. [Read more…]

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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…]

The Blooming Staff: Getting Up on Our Stilts, or, Notes Toward a Manifesto of Catholic Decadence

Unlike the doomed protagonists of the Gothic novel and the later weird writers (H.P. Lovecraft and his circle), who attempted to subdue the forces of darkness with their philosophical reason and were crushed by the noumenal terror of a cosmos indifferent or hostile to humanity, the Decadent Catholics made themselves the villains of a gothic tale of their own making, an appropriate role for English Catholics who were the villains of the Protestant imaginary of the earlier generation. [Read more…]

The Path of She: A Lammas Meditation — Lugh and the Golden Field of Your Life Story

Lugh can guide you in the Lammas tasks of harvesting your soul lessons that have come to full fruition, and of discerning those things that must be cut away in service of your well-being and that of our world. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: A Day in the Life of a Witch

A fellow traditional witch coming to stay the weekend is extra special and we always fill our schedules with magical pursuits. What follows is an abridged diary of a day in the life of a witch seeking spiritual gnosis. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Obliquity and Desire of Result

Economist John Kay recently wrote a book on something called “obliquity.” Essentially that complex goals require us to use indirect methods to achieve the goal. For instance, if you wanted stable reliable money from employment, you might get a computer science degree to augment that process. That is an indirect route to the goal. [Read more…]


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