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The Qabalah Workbook for Magicians (Review)

Kraft’s main objective is to get the readers off the page and into the Sephiroth, the 10 points on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The quote from the back cover neatly sums up the book’s ethos: “Qabalah is experiential, as is mysticism and magick. If all you do is read, you are not a mystic or a Qabalist. You must do!” [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Seeking the Mystery (Review)

I love books and teachers that give me frameworks to hang my own ideas from, or who offer me a map and encourage me to go and explore. I like broad, flexible ideas I can adapt to fit my own ways of living and being. I don’t want to be led, I want to be inspired! Seeking the Mystery gives some really good DIY tools to get a person thinking about and exploring theology on their own. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Reviewing SEEKING THE MYSTERY by Christine Hoff Kraemer

SEEKING THE MYSTERY is an excellent jumping off point for intelligent interfaith dialogue outside of the Pagan community. Kraemer’s straightforward writing style, coupled with extensive research and a wide range of perspectives, creates an accessible text for anyone with an interest in modern religious practice. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: The Hero’s Journey (Part 1)

The study of the Craft requires us to face our own personal journeys to the Underworld. Sable Aradia explains the Hero’s Journey and how it can apply to our personal myths. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Building Echo Chambers Instead of Communities

How do we relate to the idea of community when we do not have to worry about the repercussions of our actions? When we can simply insulate ourselves in groups of like-minded people, when we can build up little virtual echo chambers, how do we know that we are actually engaging with the community, and not just forming high school cliques? [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces – A Brigidine Sacred Text, Part 3

The power of the “Invocation of the Graces” to grant victory over one’s enemies should not be seen as something given in addition to the feminine charms listed in the first verse, but because of them. The word buaidh, after all, means “victory.” When Brighid bathes your palms and cheeks in Her “lustral fire,” in Her milk and sunlight, in Her honey and wine, She not only grants you Her beauty and elegance but makes you “more victorious than all persons.” [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Reconstruction and Mysticism

Instead of building a procedure to ancient blueprints, we are left with building a container, discovering what experiences can be held in that space, and elaborating, refining, and rearranging that container until the desired experiences arise naturally and reliably from the format. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Tennis for Pagans

What the tennis debacle has shown us, is that bad manners and sexism are so embedded in our culture that a lot of people feel comfortable putting those kinds of views into the public domain. It is a tragedy for our culture, and for the individuals who have so lost touch with what it means to respect themselves and other humans [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde

We’re in the midst of another Mercury Retrograde, and while I don’t pretend to be an astrological guru, I have learned a lot through trial and error about making the most of this wonky energy. Attitude is everything: if you expect Mercury Retrograde to knock you flat, it probably will, but if you expect this to be a time of contemplation and creative opportunities, you’ll ride the astrological tide with joy. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: How to Design an Effective Wicca 101 Course

For those who have considered teaching a course in Wiccan basics but aren’t sure where to begin, Sable Aradia guides you through the process and suggests methods of troubleshooting. [Read more…]


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