The Zen Pagan: Religion, Identity, Practice, Doctrine, Is, and Ought

Crouch suggests that if we applied critical thinking to religion the same way we apply it to consumer choices, supernaturalism would quickly fall. But I think he is mistaken in believing that critical thinking plays much of a role in our consumer choices! If it did, surely all the money and energy put into the black magic of advertising would be a waste. Read more

Green Tara, The Practice of Releasing Suffering

In my chanting practice I serve as Tara’s agent, absorbing the suffering of others and lifting them up to Tara, where she transmutes the suffering and transforms it into blessings. My work with Goddess Tara is truly amazing, because it balances my own suffering and empowers my intuition and empathy. In the devotional chanting, my awareness expands and I can feel the power of the blessings of Tara. I can see her touching the suffering of those whom she has guided me to chant for. I do not always know why, but I always know there is a need. Read more

How to Survive Life (and Death) by Robert Kopecky (Review)

I had started the book hoping for wild descriptions of near death experiences and the afterlife, because I am a drama addict. However, what I received from reading the book was perhaps more profound. Read more

The Theban Oracle by Greg Jenkins (Review)

Greg Jenkins has achieved the enviable accomplishment of creating a divination system with a great deal of depth and utility, while still being easy to understand by those just beginning along a magickal path. Read more

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Sacrifice

How can we focus on our life goals when life itself seems bound and determined to prevent us from ever having time to devote to them? It’s easy to lose sight of our hopes and dreams when our schedules seem to be overflowing with distractions. Read more

Socially Responsible Magic: Why I’m Excited about BRINGING RACE TO THE TABLE

We need to continue to confront the reality of racism in our Pagan subculture and our culture overall. BRINGING RACE TO THE TABLE is one small contribution to that effort. Read more

The Busy Witch: Stepping Outside Our Boundaries

Lots of things can change when you push your boundaries, and I’m still sifting through the continued effects of this stretching. Read more

The Zen Pagan: Gods Save Us From Glorious Struggles

Religion provides a ready-made us-versus-them narrative. This narrative often has little to do with the actual teachings of the religion, which in most cases are ambiguous at best or contradictory at worst on the topic of violence. But you don’t even need to know what those teachings are, as so-called “Islamic State” recruits cramming with The Koran for Dummies demonstrate. Read more

Queer of Swords: The Gentrification of Poverty

It is now possible to earn very good money indeed in the tech sector whilst feeling good about living a lifestyle that really is just gentrified poverty – two missed pay checks from living in a car, a subjectively high wage that objectively isn’t enough to save for our own retirement, let alone put a child through school. As Pagans, we have a bit of a bad habit of identifying as poorer than we really are. We forget that we can actually make a difference. Read more

Alone In Her Presence: Letting Go – The Practice from Hostage to Hopeful

Letting go might be the hardest thing to put into practice. There are many things in our daily life, both material and immaterial, that we attach to. For some of us, it is the expectation to live our lives in accordance to another’s rule book. For others, we are hostages to our own doubt. For me, it was overcoming the years of feeling not good enough and finally knowing worthiness. This attachment to “not good enough” is something that I continue to work through and with. That is the practice, why it is called “doing the work.” Read more

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