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...]

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

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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...]

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...]

Wyrd Words: Putting the “Holy” Back in “Holiday”

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I refuse to let the fact that I’m at work stop me from making the holiday unique and special. I cannot change my surroundings, so instead I choose to change my perception of them, and set myself apart. That is my offering on this day of sacrifice. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming

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Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized? [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Halloween – Inviting the Secular

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Personally, I like my Halloween with green faced ‘witches’ and candy corn, trick or treating, and carved pumpkins. Oh, how I love candy corn and a jack-o-lantern! Sure, some of those items have folkloric history in pagan-based cultures, but I want to bob apples and throw lavish parties while eating candy corn till my stomach hurts. [Read more...]


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