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

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

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

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 Zen Pagan: Contemplative Druidry by James Nichol (Book Review)

Nichol came to be interested in a more contemplative approach to his Druidry after a mystical experience in June 2007, “triggered simply by noticing and contemplating a wild rose, growing on the banks of the river, an experience “which only “lasted a few moments” but caused “a subtle shift of awareness” for several weeks, where he “woke up every day with a sense of joy and connection.” This experience eventually led him to renew his study of the Shambhala school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other forms of Buddhism, and then to propose to the OBOD leadership a program of “contemplative exploration”. This book is the result of that exploration. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Being A Pagan Father

Holy crap I’m going to be a father. Holy Crap I’m Going To Be A Father. HOLY CRAP I’M GOING TO BE A FATHER. [Read more…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

The Busy Witch: A Simple, Solitary Spell for Thanksgiving

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

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…]

Alone In Her Presence: Dark Moon Rising… “What’s Your Ritual?”

The moon is a great place to turn for magic. I find the Dark Moon, as the great transformer, to be the best motivator of intention as we transform and transmute our lives in our walk. Here is my Dark Moon ritual; what is yours? [Read more…]


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