Socially Responsible Magic: The Power and Peril of Positive Thinking, Part 1

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The peril of positive thinking is that it can lead to a lack of awareness and empathy, as well as a reinforcement of privilege. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: The American’s Guide to Getting Ebola

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Black and brown lives, in the ideology of the West, are simply worth less than white lives. At all times, in every way. This attitude simmers, then erupts when a white person has the gall to treat black and brown lives as important. She’s seen as a traitor. How dare she prioritize “them” over “us.” [Read more...]

When Grief Becomes Ritual, When Remembering Renews

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Last year, I lost a beloved companion. Reclaiming’s Spiral Dance ritual, now in its 35th year, was the sacred space in which I mourned. Each year, hundreds of people gather in this place to celebrate and dance with the dead, those whose names we know, and those whose names we do not know — because what is remembered, lives. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: True Names, True Identities

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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...]

Wyrd Words: Viking in the Synagogue

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I know a lot of interfaith couples struggle to find that “balance.” Where should the lines be drawn? At what point are we allowed to say we simply feel uncomfortable with some pressure that our partner’s faith community is placing on us? How can we participate in that part of our partner’s life, without compromising our own beliefs? [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part One)

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I’ve been there: standing at a Samhain altar, about to priestess for my community for the very first time, when we were told that Jodi, a sweet woman who was always smiling, was not late; she was dead by her own hand, and just that morning. Statistically, Pagans are more likely to experience many of the risk factors for suicide than the average population. Learn about the symptoms and causes of depression and what to do if you or a loved one is suffering. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: The Goddess Is In The Dirt

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For years, I heard the Christian expression to ‘lean on God’ in times of struggle, strife, and turmoil. But for many, and for centuries, that God isn’t or wasn’t an option. What if there was another option? What if we leaned on Earth and instead of the cup of salvation that Christianity offers, we sought to nurture the healing vessel of a Earth Mother? [Read more...]


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