Witch on Fire: Hail Mercury…in Retrograde!

"Czech-2013-Prague-Astronomical clock face" by Godot13 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

The planet Mercury has been in retrograde since September 17 and will return to his direct path October 9th, so not long now (1). You may have noticed that communications have gone a bit sideways over the last few weeks, especially if you’ve been paying attention to the Patheos Pagan channel and the very hot debates on cultural appropriation raging there. This will account for some of it. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Behind the Veil

Behind the Veil - my lillypad

When I step through the veil, it is a bit like a waking dream. I can fly. But, mostly I stumble around walking into walls, off cliffs, and into oceans. I’m just learning, and this is the way things are in my second favorite place to be online, and where I am planning a new herb garden: the Second Life virtual campus of the Grey School of Wizardry! [Read more...]

Making Light: Hephaestos


Bury everything I’ve made and very little of my industry will survive a thousand years to be studied by archaeologists apart from a little bit of pottery. I’m a textiles person and a painter. But here we have a guy who works with metal and gears who gets it. While that’s not my art, I have a very deep appreciation for the minds of makers in all the arts. Athene is software; Hephaestos is hardware. When both function together, they are more than the sum of their parts. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: True Names, True Identities


True Names have power. This is an idea that has been debated by philosophers for millennia, but what does this mean for the Internet age? What are the deeper consequences of the Facebook real names fight? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Concept of Community

Fyrkat hus stor. Image by Malene Thyssen, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Malene . (CC BY-SA 2.5)

When I am engaging in group dialogue, I do not see a “heathen community” but rather individuals who may be similarly invested in learning about heathenry. Referring to a stranger as “brother” or “sister,” or using “our heathen community” to imply that someone I do not personally know is accountable for me, devalues the meaning of these words [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Practical Advice from the Hávamál (Part 3) – Odin’s Guide to the Internet

Guide to the internet

I was recently asked how the Lore could possibly have anything to teach us about modern concepts, like the Internet. Believe it or not, Odin’s got quite a bit to say about social media… [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Witches of Cyberspace, Part 2


Sable Aradia offers a basic how-to starter guide to set up an online education program for cyberwitches. [Read more...]