Socially Responsible Magic: My Journey to Stillness

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Each year I do a ritual working called the Elemental Balancing Ritual. I do it once a year and then do the daily work thereafter. It’s internally focused, for the most part; the idea being that I do the work to create balance with an element I’m working with. It’s hard work, for it involves facing and working through my own issues, and yet it is rewarding work because I feel that it has, on the whole, led to a more balanced and holistic approach to life. This year, I’m working with the element of “stillness.” [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why We Need to Have the Hard Conversations

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Over the last year or so, the Pagan community has engaged in hard conversations dealing with issues including consent culture, sex positivity, and racism. These are important conversations, but they are also hard; in part because of what they make each person realize about themselves and in part because we look at our community–and where we fit into it differently–as a result of them. But, while these conversations are hard, they are also necessary. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting Around #Ferguson and Social Justice News

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When faced with my son’s frustration and hopelessness about racism, I sought the advice of his aunt, Crystal Blanton, pagan author and social activist. “Validate that sense of hopelessness,” she told me. “That sense of hopelessness is the first step to action because it shows a full understanding of the scope of the problems faced.” [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: Why is Social Responsibility Important?


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?


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...]