Superheroes, Magic, and Kids

By Nicholas Gemini via Wikimedia Commons

I spend a lot of time around boys aged 3-7. My own son is 5 1/2. Among this demographic, I see a lot of superhero t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, toys, capes, etc and hear a lot of superhero talk. In my house we go very light on branded items and superhero images. In some very important ways, even the Powerpuff Girls, a cartoon I'm a fan of myself and for my kids, falls into the superhero category.When one of the other five year olds in my son's weekly karate class asked why he couldn't do the … [Read more...]

On Being a Student

By Fewskulchor (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons.

I know a little something about being a student: I've got a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree in history, most of a vocal performance degree, a master's degree in religious studies, and a few years of doctoral work in theology. I've spent probably ten full years in voice lessons with a total of nine different teachers and I've spent the last 8 years studying Feri/Faerie witchcraft with a total of four teachers.Yet, for all that studying, on my own and with teachers, I realized … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Confessions of a Buddhist Witch, part one

Thangka Depicting Vajrabhairava. By anonymus (Sotheby's) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dual observance is a theme at my blog. I practice Traditional Witchcraft and Hinduism on the left-hand Tantric side of things. The following guest post is written by Willow Moon. I am honored to have such a wise teacher share his experience here.Willow Moon has had a long and abiding interest in traditional Witchcraft since the 70's which led him to be initiated and trained in a number of Witchcraft traditions.  In the early 80's he met his first primary Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He started … [Read more...]

The Four Powers of the Sphinx

Bonaparte Before the Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867-68.

The Four Powers of the Sphinx are as follows: to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to keep Silent. I can't tell you the history of this grouping, if it's ancient or not. I know Crowley talked about them. T Thorn Coyle wrote an entire book based on them. I've been thinking of these powers a lot lately, mostly in light of the last one.I'm good at Knowing. I have always been a self-motivated learner. If I can't find some one to teach me, I will press forward myself. I have an advanced degree in … [Read more...]

Dual Observance and Me

Albrecht Durer, Die Vier Hexen (or The Four Witches), 1497.

Dual observance, the practice of  more than one tradition at one time, is more common than most people realize, I think. It's not just for Pagans, either. For some people, it becomes syncretism, a blending of two (or more) systems into one. For some, one practice is spiritual or religious and the other practice is more cultural. Some people pick and choose parts of various traditions they like, leaving the difficult, challenging, or distasteful aspects by the wayside. For others, like myself, … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life

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I see the light peeking around the edges of the curtains. I know I've slept late. It's Tuesday. Monday nights mean choir rehearsal, and I don't get home until 9.30 - well, past my bedtime! It was another night of me not being able to sing, thanks to my myriad colds. I can't dwell on self-pity for too long: the children have heard Adam putzing in the kitchen and they come climbing into my side of the bed for morning snuggles. Just as we've attained fair and equal snuggles for all, Adam comes in … [Read more...]

The Power of Self Care

I recently wrote a two-part series on health (you can read them here and here). For those that bristle at the word 'health,' maybe because it's a word that seems over-used to the point of meaninglessness and is often used to level judgment on people, perhaps thinking about it in terms of self-care will be a better entry point to the same idea.In my previous posts I talked about eating well, getting enough water and sleep, finding ways to move that make your body happy, and finding … [Read more...]


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