The Busy Witch: A Simple, Solitary Spell for Thanksgiving

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Whether you’re flying solo this season or surrounded by second cousins, it’s important to make time for magic before you plunge into the madness of the coming months, and I want to share one of my favorite solitary spells for gratitude with you before I head to Thanksgiving dinner this week. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Conjuring Words

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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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Jewish Witch: Fasting, Shamanism, and the Otherworld

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It’s well-documented that fasting is a tool in the shaman’s toolbox. It fosters altered states. It induces visions. With that in mind, I decided to make my Yom Kippur fast this year an explicitly magical practice. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Wonder-ful World

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For me, magical practice isn’t just about the spells and rituals (although I love those aspects, too). It’s in the sound of wind chimes dancing outside my window; the brush of the wind through my hair, reminding me to be present; the warmth of the sun on my shoulders or the rough earth beneath my feet. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Martial Arts as Magical Practice

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The martial arts are magic — they use imagination to raise and direct psychological energy to alter consciousness and produce external or internal change. Those looking to understand magical practice might want to look to the example the arts provide, and those involved in martial arts training may want to look at magic for ideas to deepen their training.
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Druid Thoughts: Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?

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The idea that we can save the planet with magic is both ludicrous and entirely right. Forget the magic of spells and prayers, though, because that’s not doing it. We need an entirely different kind of magic, and it is the magic of changing ourselves. The more we can do to change ourselves, the more we can help and inspire others to live differently. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Quiet Side of Magic

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It seems to me that to be a great magician is to be able to sit quietly when it is time to sit, and to be able to act boldly when it is time to act; to be able to listen and to speak, to see and to do — and to know when the time is right for each. [Read more...]


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