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…]

Queer of Swords: Not God but god?

Not an atheist, but don’t believe in the literal reality of God(s)? Sarah Thompson discusses her route from Christianity to Paganism via many years of hard atheism. [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: Dark Moon Rising… “What’s Your Ritual?”

The moon is a great place to turn for magic. I find the Dark Moon, as the great transformer, to be the best motivator of intention as we transform and transmute our lives in our walk. Here is my Dark Moon ritual; what is yours? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Look Mom! We’re on T.V!

I had high hopes for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I was excited to see where they would go with the series — that is until I got ALL THE WAY to episode 8. The episode was going to be a tie-in to the last Thor movie The Dark World. To say that the episode was a disappointment would oversell what was essentially 40 minutes of Pagan bashing. [Read more…]

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

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…]