Maxim Monday: Do not use an oath

A working knowledge of Greek would be helpful in this endeavour to explore the Maxims. I'm guessing an oath is making a promise, or swearing by something or some one, a deity perhaps. I would agree that is unwise. If an oath means a 'swear' word, well.... I fucking love swearing. I would like to get out of the habit of taking Christ's name 'in vain,' as I think it is disrespectful, even though I do not personally honor him; it's disrespectful to Jesus himself, but also to the many, many people … [Read more...]

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What do you mean by ‘scary’?

I've met a new friend. We jumped right into some deep waters. She's made some less than conventional life choices and has faced the consequences of people she loves telling her that she needs to get right with Jesus. I can relate, I told her. I've given many people many reasons to stop talking to me. Not only did I get a divorce in my early twenties, I ran off with a younger woman. Two good reasons for excommunication right there. But, I added, now I practice witchcraft and blog publicly about … [Read more...]

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The weekend’s Harvest Moon

You might have noticed the full moon over the weekend. In this corner of the world it was hard to ignore. Big and bright, making puffy clouds shine silver one night, glowing gold and orange in a clear, starlit sky the next.According to many sources around me, this full moon was especially powerful. I don't often make magic at full moons; I usually reserve that for the dark moon. Full moons usually make me spacey and a touch giddy. But all weekend long I had a strong urge to make … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Honor Providence

This is another maxim where I felt the need to look up the words. If anyone has clarification around what the original Greek intended, I'm wide open for schooling. (Cara Schulz, I'm looking at you.)According to basic dictionary definitions, providence is the protective care of God/Deity/nature/the gods. I can't see how this would be different from honoring the gods in any other way, except for the nuance of gratitude. Honor (respect, be grateful for) the forces that help sustain and protect … [Read more...]

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The best non-magic books about magic, part 2

Young adult and children's books are a font of magical storytelling. Much of the stories are based on myth or made up worlds. There may be similarities to magical practices or beliefs in our 'real' world, but usually most of the story is a fantasy, pure and simple. And yet, when I read The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer I was astounded at the depiction of magic.The Sea of Trolls is set in the 8th century in Saxon 'England'. Our hero is Jack, an 11 yr old boy. His father longs for Lindisfarne, … [Read more...]

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Maxim Monday: Exercise Prudence

Who's Prudence? And why isn't she getting any exercise? Ahem. In all seriousness prudence is one of those words that I recognize and know what it means without being able to actually define it. So I looked it up: Prudence is the quality of caution or discretion in everyday matters.This maxim seems to contain many of other maxims within it: Controlling oneself, helping your friends, obeying the laws, controlling anger, all of these might be considered parts of prudence. Other qualities … [Read more...]

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How the Equinox actually turned out

One of the things that I love about keeping this blog is that it helps me think about how and what I want to observe in my spiritual practice. So I plan ahead and write posts for holidays that then go up right before or as they are beginning. Then the actual observance occurs - and sometimes things don't go according to plan. This is what it's like being a householder, trying to create my own ashram in the midst of being a stay at home parent and partner and possibly make a little money here and … [Read more...]

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