Wyrd Words: Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas! The day in which we eat copious amounts of Chinese food, go to the movies, and take sixteen hour overtime shifts for utterly stupendous amounts of money! Best…Holiday…Ever! [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Power and Peril of Positive Thinking, Part 3

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Positive thinking won’t solve all your problems. In fact, it won’t solve any of them. What it teaches you to do is look at your problems differently. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Winter Wind-Down

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I’ve realized that, even as the darkness pushes me inside myself, if I take the time to properly honor the season, I can do better than just survive in winter; I can begin to heal, to rest and restore, in preparation for a thriving new year. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

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Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.

And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.
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Queer of Swords: Blue Yule

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For those of us without supportive family, the holiday season can be the coldest time of the year, when Christmas-as-stereotype most starkly contrasts with reality, reminding us just how Other we really are. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Emmanuel, A Love Divine

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I have no faith in a child who would become a prophet that empowered patriarchy, but I do take comfort in love: that we are all born into this Love, the currency of peace. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting Around Bill Cosby and Sexual Violence News

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Crabtree shares insights gleaned from her talks with her sixteen-year-old boy about the Bill Cosby allegations and frat party gang rapes. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Contemplative Druidry by James Nichol (Book Review)

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Nichol came to be interested in a more contemplative approach to his Druidry after a mystical experience in June 2007, “triggered simply by noticing and contemplating a wild rose, growing on the banks of the river, an experience “which only “lasted a few moments” but caused “a subtle shift of awareness” for several weeks, where he “woke up every day with a sense of joy and connection.” This experience eventually led him to renew his study of the Shambhala school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other forms of Buddhism, and then to propose to the OBOD leadership a program of “contemplative exploration”. This book is the result of that exploration. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Being A Pagan Father

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Holy crap I’m going to be a father. Holy Crap I’m Going To Be A Father. HOLY CRAP I’M GOING TO BE A FATHER. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Reality of Racism Can’t Be Ignored

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Racism is part of our lives. It’s time we acknowledge that and start working to change it. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: When the Gods Become Characters – Fiction and Faith

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It’s been a really interesting experience writing mythology-based fiction, particularly when it comes to creating characters out of gods and goddesses who may be familiar to me. Although my nonfiction stems very much from a place of personal truth, my fiction is just that: fiction. Still, it can be challenging to craft a character out of a deity. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting Around #Ferguson and Social Justice News

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When faced with my son’s frustration and hopelessness about racism, I sought the advice of his aunt, Crystal Blanton, pagan author and social activist. “Validate that sense of hopelessness,” she told me. “That sense of hopelessness is the first step to action because it shows a full understanding of the scope of the problems faced.” [Read more...]


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