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...]

Druid Thoughts: The Pagan Sceptic

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One of the pieces of advice that came from my father when I was in my teens is that if you’re going to explore Pagan stuff, you need to be twice as sceptical as the muggles. I learned to question everything. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Internal Work and Social Responsibility

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People who are called to serve are often so focused on serving others that they neglect themselves and their own needs and eventually hit burnout. Avoiding that outcome involves the necessary action of taking care of yourself. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why is Social Responsibility Important?

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I find social responsibility important because I am part of this world. I am not on this world just to pursue my spirituality, and so divorcing my spiritual and magical pursuits from the material realities of this world is unrealistic and myopic. [Read more...]

What Is Socially Responsible Magic?

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Socially responsible magic is magic done to actively contribute to a community’s well being, to the benefit of all the people in the community, as opposed to the benefit of one or a few people. But how do we make sure such magic is effective? For example: an oil rig has a broken pipe that starts spilling oil into the ocean. A Pagan group decides to do a ritual with the purpose being to use magic to “fix” the broken pipe. The question that arises is: Has the magic they’ve done really contributed to fixing that broken pipe? If so, how? Taylor Ellwood asks these and other tough questions in this new column. [Read more...]


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