The Busy Witch: Conjuring Words

If we acknowledge that “magic is the art of changing consciousness at will”, something I hold very dear, then it stands to reason that the act of shaping a world out of symbols on a page is a magical act. Art is magic, and magic is art, and this month, I’m recommitting myself to both.

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The Zen Pagan: The Burners and the Pagans

All in all, there seems to be quite a bit of overlap between the values and ideals of the community around Burning Man and similar events, and the festival Pagan community. A more conscious and deliberate attempt to share ideas could be fruitful. [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: The Black Heart of Indifference

Many murders of transgendered people go unreported. Still more go uninvestigated. Then there are the many, many cases where the would-be murderer was unsuccessful, with their victim, like me, surviving to live on with PTSD. This Samhain season, please join me in remembering our transgendered dead. [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: When Love Takes Over

It’s complicated, it always is, when we choose to be part of the solution on any issue. It’s about bringing love into the dialogue. When I write about love, I am writing about that complicated driving force that accepts the challenge, that is sometimes angry, and is unmitigating. When we accept the challenge, love eventually does show. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: The American’s Guide to Getting Ebola

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…]

Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

We can read and study, but until rites and practices are integrated into real world living, they remain only words on someone else’s page. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Putting the “Holy” Back in “Holiday”

I refuse to let the fact that I’m at work stop me from making the holiday unique and special. I cannot change my surroundings, so instead I choose to change my perception of them, and set myself apart. That is my offering on this day of sacrifice. [Read more…]

Socially Responsible Magic: What Is Community?

What does community mean to you? How does it show up in your life? What do you do to contribute to your community? How do you support your community, and how do you reach out when you need support? [Read more…]

Ancestor Remembrance Project: Blood and Spirit

Family and ancestry are not limited by blood; the choices we make link us to traditions and generations, in spirit and in action. Although my direct knowledge of my bloodline is confined to those family members I’ve known in my lifetime, I’ve embraced the idea that my connections run as deep as time. This week, as we approach Halloween, I’m taking time to honor both my direct and spiritual ancestors; blood calls to blood, but heart and spirit form lasting bonds, too. I honor those who came before: I name them family. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Downward Spiral – Depression and Suicide in Paganism (Part 4)

Sable Aradia concludes her series on depression and suicide in Paganism with some advice on suicide prevention. She also concludes her column “Seekers and Guides,” and invites you to join her at her new Patheos blog “Between the Shadows.” [Read more…]