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…]

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…]