War Against Women: Empower the Victims

This train of thought was set off by Lasara Firefox’s moving tribute to the memory of her friend Shannon Williams, dead of a brain tumor in her 30s. (I remember being naked with Lasara and a whole lot of other people in a huge mudbath at a Church of All Worlds Sabbat about 25 years ago. Drool, you cowans.)I am heartened by the Swedes: they have decriminalized the selling of sex; have made buying sex a major crime; and are enabling women to get out of the sex business (or sex slavery) and f … [Read more...]

Trekking Toward Nineveh, Mile One

I have finally, step by step, been forced to realize what I must do. Since I am 74, I must do it now. I have been thinking and learning about our universal madness for 60 years. How much time have I left to describe what might begin to combat it?I am not overjoyed at having to face this task. What comes to mind is the delightful short story of Jonah, which I will explicate by a paraphrase.The Lord says, “Jonah.”Jonah says, “Ah, speaking.”The Lord says, “Jonah, you will go to the p … [Read more...]

Prologue to a Story of Jesus and Mary

Two beats of God’s heart ago, two thousand years as we feel time, the Awakened wrote myths, using the best science of their time, each hoping to Awaken at least another. I was Awakened sixty years ago. I can write a myth and hope to do as much, using the science we have now, knowing that after two more heartbeats another will write another myth, for the pursuit of knowledge cannot end in our infinity of infinite universes.IThere is no beginning, but words must begin. All our w … [Read more...]

Reconnecting, Perhaps, with the Radical Left

Somehow Melinda got sent an invite to the Tacoma Free Skool's first organizing meeting. Since unschooling does not give our girls much social life, we went. Melinda also needed to report back to other homeschoolers on whether it looked like it might be a good resource. So, after looking at their first informational pamphlet, I said to a redhaired young woman, whose name turned out to be SAM, “I bet it would be dumb to ask who's in charge here.” She replied, “Well, yeah, we're sort of all in cha … [Read more...]

How I Pray

All sensible people pray, no matter what term they use to name what they do.I know that the Gods exist independently of humanity and that prayer works. (That’s know, not believe.)If you are certain that nothing divine exists and that prayer cannot work, then of course it can’t. But if you are at least willing to be openminded about the possibilities that the Gods might be real and that prayer might work, then it will.I began crafting a morning prayer for myself during my first year of … [Read more...]

“I Fell in Love with a Witch”: The Vision of Gerald Gardner

Some people argue that Gardnerians cannot claim to have the right to do something merely because Gardner did it. Yes, the historical pattern is that religious founders always have rights and privileges that their followers cannot have. I see this clearly in the three cases I know best, those of Gardner, Joseph Smith, and the Rabbi Joshua (whose Greek name was Jesus).A religious founder cannot be bound by ordinary rules of behavior, else he could not do something so extraordinary as creating … [Read more...]

A Note on the Creating of Religion

I know Philip Heselton hoped to find (but did not assume that he would) evidence that Gerald Gardner's friends were practicing a rudimentary form of Gardnerian Craft in the 1930s. As he shows in Witchfather, he did not find any.He discovered quite a few people in Gardner's circle of occultist friends who may have had a coven of sorts in the late 1930s, and some of whom may have worked with or cooperated with Gerald and Edith in founding the first coven after the war, but what they most … [Read more...]

America, We Have Eaten Dolphin Flesh

Life's  a little too complicated at the moment to write a new long blog, but I'll post things I hadn;t gotten around to.Friday morning I had a long conversation with a pleasant young woman named Gerry, a customer service representative for Comcast. I did not make her day worse. I told her I was pretty good at customer service myself and therefore appreciated it when I got some. For example, when I did such work for AT&T, sometimes a guy would call in mad enough to spit nails, but by the … [Read more...]

In the Name of the Goddess, I Say to You . . .

All saints revile her, and all sober men Ruled by the God Apollo's golden mean - In scorn of which I sailed to find her In distant regions likeliest to hold her Whom I desired above all things to know, Sister of the mirage and echo.It was a virtue not to stay, To go my headstrong and heroic way Seeking her out at the volcano's head, Among pack ice, or where the track had faded Beyond the cavern of the seven sleepers: Whose broad high brow was white as any leper's, Whose eyes were … [Read more...]

Nostalgia as a Root of Reactionary Politics

Now that life has calmed down a bit, I'll try posting  some more of my profound thoughts on here. Or maybe some satire.Tea Party Libertarians look like total nutcases to us liberals, but there is a rational explanation for their irrationality, one that might offer a way to push them toward at least a little more sanity. The problem is the illusion that there was once a Golden Age, which plays out on both the individual and the social level.The individual form of the illusion is our … [Read more...]


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