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 [Read More...]

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“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 [Read More...]

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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 [Read More...]

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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 [Read More...]

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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 [Read More...]

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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 [Read More...]

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A Choice for the Erinyes of Victimhood

A reader recently commented on one of my blogs dealing with sexuality that I was being pursued by the “Erinyes of Victimhood” (a felicitous phrase), who certainly were never going to believe anything I might say. I have been accused of “mansplaining,” of being a “leering chauvinist,” and so on. I do not believe any [Read More...]

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Rebirth Among Those You Love

Gardner asserts in Witchcraft Today that belief in reincarnation was preserved by the witch covens during the middle ages, and this has become part of the foundational myths of the Craft. In fact, belief in reincarnation was reintroduced into the Western world in the 19th century by Spiritualism and was then taken up by Theosophy. [Read more...]

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Goody Jones’ Law, or, More on Unteachability

 Goody Jones is your archetypal Ozark grandmother. She’s observed a great deal about humanity in her lifetime, and, although life did not afford her the luxury of college, let alone a doctoral degree, she has always believed that “God gave us brains to use” and has never let hers be idle. Early in life she [Read More...]

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A Report on Life and Writing

I’m 73, and have been writing since about age ten. I live in Tacoma with my wife, Melinda, and our three children: Evan is 19; Chloe is 14; and Isibella will be 12 on June 28. Thanks to modern technology, I now have four books available for sale.  I have always been fascinated by fragmentary [Read More...]

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