Lamp & Labyrinth: Shaming Pagans – Sincerity Does Not Equal Competence

There was a discussion about John Halstead’s article, Gods Save Us from Bad Pagan Rituals: 10 Signs You’re Half-Assing Your Mabon Ritual, in my local community and it reminded me of a quote from Isaac Bonewits: “Sincerity does not equal competence.” [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Vision and Movement – Rising Above the Gossip

Rarely do we openly talk about power and exclusion, but we need to start having real conversations. As an occultist, I can tell you that I personally do not always feel welcome at all pagan events. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Beltane Lovers – Once you Go Witch You’ll Never Switch

This is MODERN witchcraft, where we strip off the mask of the obvious, and glory in the rich, chocolatey layers of occult mystery that peel away all labels and norms to bite down to the sweet, cream-filled, cherry center of this Beltane bonbon. [Read more…]

The Path of She: Claiming Your Personal Leadership – A Grassroots Vision of Change

The world needs us to show up to the essential work of creating a more sustainable, life-affirming future for each other and our Earth home. What is your personal leadership? How can you become a positive change agent in these turbulent, evolutionary times? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Why Bother?

There’s nothing like a ritual where there’s genuine connection, where there’s a palpable love between the community members. [Read more…]

Dandelion Seeds: Leadership When Leading gets Nasty

What happens when you know they’re wrong? What happens when they’ve acted like an ass, undermined you, mocked you, and you’re ready to bring it like a Mortal Kombat character? [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: You Can Lead a Witch to Circle, But You Can’t Make Them Coven

Priestessing means that you aren’t always popular. Some days you play the role of the “bad guy.” That part really sucks. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: When my Group Fails Me

One area where my own flaws become obvious is when I’m in the role of running a large creative project like planning an event. Often, I’ve felt that my team was failing me. But it’s crucial for a leader to ask the question: was it really a failure on the part of a member (or members) of the group? Or was it something I brought about because of my own issues as a person and leader? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Creativity, Inspiration, and Obsession

This past fall, I lost my mind again…I dove deep into a big project and got completely obsessed. “Go big or go home” is my motto when I get inspired. Thing is, I know this about myself, but I managed to forget how much sheer fuel there is when I’m lit up for a particular project. Imbolc is a fire festival sacred to Brigid–a goddess of fire–and the mysteries of fire are an apt metaphor for this kind of work. Have you ever struggled to find inspiration? Or have you found yourself struck by an idea, consumed by it? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Sacrifice, Skillbuilding, and Motivation

For many Pagans, Imbolc is about dedications; to me, dedication means work. It means sacrificing my time and energy to learn what is needed to follow my calling. Building skills takes motivation; to get good at these things, you have to put in the time. How did I get good at doing ritual? Years of work. Not hours, years. And here’s the thing–Pagan communities need excellence. [Read more…]