Adventures in Wortcunning: Ceanothus, an American Fairy Bush

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It began with me, barefoot on a lawn in the suburbs of California’s Central Valley. It was summer, and therefore, redundantly, hot. I wore little besides, well, a diaper actually. From all accounts it was a happy day, but what I remember is the grass. Between my toes and in my chubby hands: then grab, yank, and in the mouth, much to Mom’s alarm. As natural to me as falling down a rabbit hole…. [Read more...]

What Good is Magic, Anyway?

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The occult plays a significant role in Paganism. When I think of the occult, I think of magic, and while there are some movements under the Pagan umbrella that question whether magic is relevant to Paganism or to their specific traditions, I’m going to tell you why magic is relevant to me and what it is good for and why it isn’t an optional part of my spiritual path. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Cleansing My Space and Spirit

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Now that we’ve passed the spring equinox, I find myself shaking off the stupor of the winter and longing for a little renewal. Here are a few ways I cleanse my space and spirit. [Read more...]

Making Light: Hephaestos

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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...]

The Zen Pagan: The Politically Incorrect Pagan

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Since no one else seems to want to say it, I will: the fake workshop listing in the joke program was legitimate satire and the authors don’t owe anyone an apology. If anyone owes an apology, it is those who were calling for the authors to be ejected from the conference. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Indoctrinating Against Indoctrination

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It’s not enough to simply tell your children about other faiths while helping them to only practice your own. If you truly want to protect them from being indoctrinated by others, you have to help them experience the faith of others, too. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Turning In to Turn Back Out

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I wonder how many of us are in need of turning back in just a little bit? Not depressed, or sad, we are living full and meaningful lives, but we’ve lost connection. In times like this the only thing I know how to do is a hard reset and return to basics. [Read more...]


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