The Busy Witch: Winter Wind-Down

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I’ve realized that, even as the darkness pushes me inside myself, if I take the time to properly honor the season, I can do better than just survive in winter; I can begin to heal, to rest and restore, in preparation for a thriving new year. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

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Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.

And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.
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Queer of Swords: Blue Yule

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For those of us without supportive family, the holiday season can be the coldest time of the year, when Christmas-as-stereotype most starkly contrasts with reality, reminding us just how Other we really are. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Emmanuel, A Love Divine

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I have no faith in a child who would become a prophet that empowered patriarchy, but I do take comfort in love: that we are all born into this Love, the currency of peace. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: A Simple, Solitary Spell for Thanksgiving

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Whether you’re flying solo this season or surrounded by second cousins, it’s important to make time for magic before you plunge into the madness of the coming months, and I want to share one of my favorite solitary spells for gratitude with you before I head to Thanksgiving dinner this week. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Gratitude, Schmatitude

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I’m not going to tell you to be thankful, even as you’re about to be bombarded with that message over the next week. (And then with messages about BUY! BUY! BUY!) But I will suggest that you consider what you can do to improve your ability to recognize and enjoy beauty. And that includes not just the beauty of music or painting or poetry, but the beauty that can be found in contemplation of the deep interconnectedness of all things, of our interdependence and interbeing with the entire universe. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: The Black Heart of Indifference

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Many murders of transgendered people go unreported. Still more go uninvestigated. Then there are the many, many cases where the would-be murderer was unsuccessful, with their victim, like me, surviving to live on with PTSD. This Samhain season, please join me in remembering our transgendered dead. [Read more...]


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