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...]

The Witches Next Door: The Introvert and the Extrovert get Married

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Yes, I am an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I hide away from taking on public roles, stepping into the center stage, or putting myself out there. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Tragedy in Mesa

Yesterday afternoon, less than two miles away from my own home, five people were wounded and a sixth was killed. The shooting occurred at the East Valley Institute of Technology (which I used to attend), and the suspect was captured just over four hours later. His name is Ryan Elliot Giroux. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: My Journey to Stillness

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Each year I do a ritual working called the Elemental Balancing Ritual. I do it once a year and then do the daily work thereafter. It’s internally focused, for the most part; the idea being that I do the work to create balance with an element I’m working with. It’s hard work, for it involves facing and working through my own issues, and yet it is rewarding work because I feel that it has, on the whole, led to a more balanced and holistic approach to life. This year, I’m working with the element of “stillness.” [Read more...]


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