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Socially Responsible Magic: The Reality of Racism Can’t Be Ignored

Racism is part of our lives. It’s time we acknowledge that and start working to change it. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: When the Gods Become Characters – Fiction and Faith

It’s been a really interesting experience writing mythology-based fiction, particularly when it comes to creating characters out of gods and goddesses who may be familiar to me. Although my nonfiction stems very much from a place of personal truth, my fiction is just that: fiction. Still, it can be challenging to craft a character out of a deity. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting Around #Ferguson and Social Justice News

When faced with my son’s frustration and hopelessness about racism, I sought the advice of his aunt, Crystal Blanton, pagan author and social activist. “Validate that sense of hopelessness,” she told me. “That sense of hopelessness is the first step to action because it shows a full understanding of the scope of the problems faced.” [Read more…]

What’s New at Patheos Pagan (Dec 2014)

Broke-Ass Witchery, Reclaiming Witchcraft with a Jewish Twist, and the Craft of the liminal: new blogs on Patheos Pagan! [Read more…]

The Zen Pagan: #Ferguson: Righteous Anger and Wrathful Deities

As a power hierarchy becomes more and more unjust, of course more brutal and repressive means will be necessary to preserve it. “No justice, no peace” is not a threat, it’s a moral law of the Universe: injustice can survive only under a rule of force, which generates its own opposition. Or as the Discordian Law of Eristic Escalation says, “Imposition of Order = Escalation of Chaos.” The occasional appearance of this sort of police state is a logical consequence of the fundamentally Neolithic structure of our civilization and our mainstream religion, of a culture that believes that “property” is real but that “mysticism”, the direct and immediate aesthetic religious experience, isn’t. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Cultural Inappropriation

Fighting cultural appropriation is a significant part of the struggle for civil rights in modern times. Nevertheless, all religions, including modern neopagan paths, are steeped in cultural appropriation. Clearly significant harm can be caused, but is it always wrong? Where are the boundaries? How can we strive to deal with this issue ethically? [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: Lou Florez – The Cultural Exchange of a Lifetime

This is our moment as a community to invest in an exchange. Lou and his trip to Nigeria is destiny manifested. This is one culture exchange I think will heal past wounds of slavery and oppression, bridge gaps where deeper understanding is needed around the discovery of religious experiences that are new to us, and hopefully invite the dialogue that fosters love. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Power and Peril of Positive Thinking, Part 2

Two heads really are better than one! Plus other lessons from the literature on positive thinking. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: A Simple, Solitary Spell for Thanksgiving

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

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…]