The Lady’s Quill: Hope Over Hate

Things are changing. Despite the things we witness around us, they are getting better. We are not alone. You are not alone. You matter, and are worthy, and people are finally starting to realize that. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Women’s Rituals

Typically I don’t offer single-gender only rituals or workshops. I’m a cisgender female, so to be specific, I mean rituals/workshops/groups limited to women only. There are times, however, when I make an exception to that, usually when I’m asked to lead a women’s ritual when I’m a guest presenter at a Pagan festival. And there begins my tightrope walk with my own ethics. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: HB2 – There’s a Safe Pot to Piss in at the End of the Rainbow

This bill isn’t really about transgendered people, or what pots they piss in, but it does herald a new civil rights movement. These things tend to flare up over the question of where folks are allowed to sit down. Whether this be about a bus seat, a lunch-counter seat, or a toilet seat, it clearly is a much larger issue of discrimination than the seething ignorantsia (3) within the conservative majority of the South would have you believe. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: A Transgender Perspective on Gendered Mystery Rites

Reducing men’s or women’s experiences to a biological function is a dangerous oversimplification. There are many folks who wear what one of my friends likes to refer to as Schrodinger’s Pants – what is inside them is uncertain and undetermined until they are removed. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: We Are Our Deeds

There’s this unfortunate tendency in Pagan circles for those holding the title of ‘Elder’ to be held as somehow above reproach. As if questioning these people at all is somehow showing a lack of proper respect and deference for an empty title. It’s Paganism’s own personal brand of ad verecundiam, and it REALLY needs to stop. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Queer and Trans Identities and Pagan Mythology

Trying to shoehorn figures from our mythologies into modern concepts of identity can be harmful and problematic. Why is this, and what can we do about it? [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Activism – Can’t You Take a Joke?

Recently, I went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. I used to work there in my teens and early twenties, and it’s a place I used to feel was “home,” a refuge from the outer mundane world. But, this time, a funny thing happened. A lot of the schtick wasn’t funny anymore. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting and Caitlyn Jenner – Sexual Identity and Tolerance

Sexual identity has been thrust into the news these past weeks as Bruce Jenner officially came out as Caitlyn Jenner. Following in line with other articles I have done in the past, I thought it was time to discuss this coming out and parenting techniques that can help children gain a greater understanding of sexual identity. [Read more…]

Alone In Her Presence: Caitlyn Jenner and Still Knowing Goddess

When Caitlyn Jenner appeared today on the the cover of Vanity Fair, and my first thought was “This too, is Goddess.” [Read more…]

Queer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming

Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized? [Read more…]