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

"Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, RA, OM - Sappho and Alcaeus - Walters 37159" by Lawrence Alma-Tadema - Walters Art Museum:  Home page  Info about artworkLicensed under Public Domain via Commons.

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

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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

Caitlyn Jenner / Photograph by Annie Leibovitz / Vanity Fair

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...]

Queer of Swords: A Prayer for Compassion Toward Z Budapest


In light of Z Budapest’s recent outburst against the kink community in which she suggests the bombing of Pantheacon, Sarah Thompson calls for compassion rather than a new fight. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: Oh What a Great Rite!

Symbolic Great Rite - by Shylah Erskin, License CC 2.0

In many traditions, particularly in lines descended from Gardnerian and Alexandrian British Traditional Witchcraft, it is common to assign particular roles split along gendered lines. Gendered polarity was also directly reflected in the ritual itself, with all that dagger-and-cup stuff. Oh what a Great Rite! But from my experience, queer people also make extremely good witches and magicians. So is it really necessary to throw the polarity baby out with the inclusiveness bath water? [Read more...]