The Zen Pagan: The Quiet Side of Magic

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It seems to me that to be a great magician is to be able to sit quietly when it is time to sit, and to be able to act boldly when it is time to act; to be able to listen and to speak, to see and to do — and to know when the time is right for each. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject – Teaching Sex Magick (Part One)

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Sex magick and sacred sexuality are a traditional part of the Craft, but there are many social and ethical issues around their teaching and practice. In this series, Sable Aradia suggests ideas and solutions for including sacred sexuality in Craft practice. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why is Social Responsibility Important?

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I find social responsibility important because I am part of this world. I am not on this world just to pursue my spirituality, and so divorcing my spiritual and magical pursuits from the material realities of this world is unrealistic and myopic. [Read more...]

What Is Socially Responsible Magic?

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Socially responsible magic is magic done to actively contribute to a community’s well being, to the benefit of all the people in the community, as opposed to the benefit of one or a few people. But how do we make sure such magic is effective? For example: an oil rig has a broken pipe that starts spilling oil into the ocean. A Pagan group decides to do a ritual with the purpose being to use magic to “fix” the broken pipe. The question that arises is: Has the magic they’ve done really contributed to fixing that broken pipe? If so, how? Taylor Ellwood asks these and other tough questions in this new column. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Changing Consciousness According to Will

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As Witches, we tend to learn a lot of valuable skills about changing consciousness in the study of the Craft. We find it easy enough to embrace the concept of using smudging to focus on a ritual, using the flames of a candle to concentrate on scrying and inducing a vision, or using a guided meditation to direct the group Will. But most of us don’t consider the broader implications. Can we apply these valuable tools to everyday life? [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Divine Wisdom, Mortal Filters

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When we ask the gods to speak through us and give us their wisdom, how much of what is said is from them, and how much comes from us? And how do we know the difference? Sable Aradia speculates. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Magical Things Come in Fives! #‎Patheos5Yrs‬

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Five is a powerful number; there’s the five pointed star, of course, and the additional power that is brought to a ritual when you call five elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit), not to mention the unique group dynamic that is present among circles of five. So raise a glass (or five) today to the force of this number, and the magic of this birthday. I’m so grateful to be a part of this thriving, vibrant community, and it’s a pleasure to say happy anniversary and bon fortuna, Patheos! [Read more...]


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