The Other Side of the Hedge: Reaching the Spirit

We don’t master grounding and centering by knowing some secret. We get there like we climb a mountain. One step at a time, one day at a time, we push on. [Read more…]

The Other Side of the Hedge: The Boline

Tied to the history of the land, the boline is a reminder of the thin line that divides life and death. If the Grim Reaper wields a scythe, those who walk the boundary of the two worlds carry the boline.
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The Other Side of the Hedge: Practical Idolatry

Idolatry has been the straw man of the West for two millennia. Monotheists hate it. Materialists just think it’s stupid. Pagans need to take a third look.
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The Other Side of the Hedge: How to Build Your Magical Altar

If a religious altar is a doorway for the gods and spirits to come to our world, a magical altar is a doorway for us to enter theirs.
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The Other Side of the Hedge: Summon Yourself

It’s about impossible to get through a day without being pulled this way and that. Here’s a way to bring yourself home.
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The Other Side of the Hedge: Don’t Trust Your Spirit, Train It

In a time of Internet memes, the bumper stickers of the Information Age, it’s easy to “trust yourself” and “believe in your magic!” Don’t. Not until you earn it.
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The Path of She: A Lesson in Flying

It is our choice whether to live from fear or freedom. The Mysteries offer this teaching for those terrifying moments when our fear suffocates our freedom: loosen your grip, listen from the seat of your pants, and don’t worry, we are here. [Read more…]

The Path of She: The Everyday Magic of Yes

Yes is the most powerful magical word in our vocabulary. We activate the everyday magic of yes when we align our desire and will with our soul-sourced intention. Say ‘yes’ from your soul, and you transform your life. [Read more…]

What Is Socially Responsible Magic?

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…]