Adventures in Wortcunning: Smelling Roses

'Betty Boop' Rose

The oldest roses are still available today. Rosa gallica, called the ‘Apothecary Rose’ was the type mentioned by Greek historians and used in dark age monastery gardens and found too in medieval physic gardens. This is the type most used for the fragrance of their essential oils and in healing preparations at the time. And today, when the roses bloom in Bulgaria, armies of old women go to the fields picking 250 lbs of petals to distill for each single ounce of essential oil. [Read more...]

What Good is Magic, Anyway?

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The occult plays a significant role in Paganism. When I think of the occult, I think of magic, and while there are some movements under the Pagan umbrella that question whether magic is relevant to Paganism or to their specific traditions, I’m going to tell you why magic is relevant to me and what it is good for and why it isn’t an optional part of my spiritual path. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: My Best Superbowl Sunday Ever

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A psychedelic can only act as a catalyst, speeding up a reaction that would have happened anyway given enough time and energy. If you are utterly lost and directionless and take a psychedelic, you will be utterly lost and directionless in a faster and more energetic manner. You have to build the circuit, carve the channel, before you add the energy. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Woo Woo Scale 2.0, Part 1

WooWoo Scale

What is WooWoo and how might we evaluate it? Lydia MN Crabtree presents her version of a WooWoo scale. [Read more...]

Green Tara, The Practice of Releasing Suffering

Green Tara by Erick DuPree

In my chanting practice I serve as Tara’s agent, absorbing the suffering of others and lifting them up to Tara, where she transmutes the suffering and transforms it into blessings. My work with Goddess Tara is truly amazing, because it balances my own suffering and empowers my intuition and empathy. In the devotional chanting, my awareness expands and I can feel the power of the blessings of Tara. I can see her touching the suffering of those whom she has guided me to chant for. I do not always know why, but I always know there is a need. [Read more...]

The Theban Oracle by Greg Jenkins (Review)

The Theban Oracle

Greg Jenkins has achieved the enviable accomplishment of creating a divination system with a great deal of depth and utility, while still being easy to understand by those just beginning along a magickal path. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Lou Florez – The Cultural Exchange of a Lifetime

Lou Florez

This is our moment as a community to invest in an exchange. Lou and his trip to Nigeria is destiny manifested. This is one culture exchange I think will heal past wounds of slavery and oppression, bridge gaps where deeper understanding is needed around the discovery of religious experiences that are new to us, and hopefully invite the dialogue that fosters love. [Read more...]


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