Adventures in Wortcunning: The Myrtle of Venus & Bacchus’ Vine

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In which Anne shares a bit of American history with us related to the original lyrics to the tune we’ve all come to know as the Star Spangled Banner. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Into the Deep Within

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I sometimes wonder why I bother leading rituals. Why does religion matter? And then, in ritual, I hear the sound of two hundred people singing a chant together in harmony…feet pounding the ground as we dance. People laughing, weeping. People telling me that the ritual shifted something within them, that they felt the divine, that they spoke to an ancestor, that they released an old pain. That it made their lives better. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?”

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A friend inquired, “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?” Which is a pretty good question, and one that I’m still figuring out the answer to. I don’t have a liturgy, but I do have some principles–some preferences–and I’d like to share five of them with you today. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: A Healing Ritual for Chapel Hill and Beyond

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Ground and center and find your stillness before you begin, and remember; small acts of love can have large effects. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Winter Wind-Down

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I’ve realized that, even as the darkness pushes me inside myself, if I take the time to properly honor the season, I can do better than just survive in winter; I can begin to heal, to rest and restore, in preparation for a thriving new year. [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...]


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