Full Frontal Magic: Magic is a Full-Contact Experimental Sport

Even if a magican, priest(ess) or shaman correctly created something and spirits imbue a talisman, you still have to acclimate to those energies. Even if a system is The Most Awesome System of Spirituality Ever Devised™, it still has to be internalized. There are no shortcuts. [Read more…]

Jewish Witch: My Devotionals, Part 2 – The Work

My devotionals consist of my declaration to the Goddess, followed by devotionals to the deities I’m working with, then a hello to the fey folk and ancestors and spirits of the land, a lovingkindness chant, and finally a few moments of silent meditation. The latter three always feel pretty straightforward. But the deity devotions tend to give me trouble. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven – The Ultimate DIY

I think about several people I know who all want to study the craft a bit more seriously and how I continue to put them off, opting instead for unstructured and undirected classes because I feel like I am inadequate. Not showing up — that’s my problem. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Figuring Out the Rules

Julian Betkowski introduces his new column “Syncretic Electric” and his path, Neoclassical Syncretism. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Creating My Change

When I was reading T. Thorn Coyle’s Make Magic of Your Life, I had an epiphany. A desire had been lurking in the bottom of my heart for years, and last month, I finally listened and took the plunge. I’m going to participate in a yoga teacher certification program. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Making Time for Magic

As Pagans, we’re at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to making time to worship. Most of us don’t have any routine structures of worship in place. While this can be frustrating, it also allows us a lot of freedom. We can craft a devotional schedule that suits our lives and our own individualized practice. [Read more…]

Sacred Body, Sacred Earth

Victor Anderson, one of my beloved teachers, enjoined us to neither coddle nor punish weakness. That is a difficult proposition. We make social contracts with one another all the time in attempts to not upset the status quo, and to let ourselves off the hook. Sometimes we rebel against that and go the opposite direction, [Read More…]