Spiritual Boundaries and Full Moons

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Full moons and witches go together like sriracha and rice (hey, it's my blog, I'll make my own comparisons, thank you!). Tonight's moon is this year's largest supermoon - a full moon that is slightly closer to the earth and thus looks larger than usual. Not only are these moons extra gorgeous, they are extra potent. It's no wonder I've been extra jittery and overwhelmed this week! Over the years I have found that I react to both the full and dark moons. It feels a little bit like spiritual … [Read more...]

Looking from Lammas to Mabon

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The Wheel is turning. I feel it. High summer's heat is softened 'round the edges. It's bite is less sharp, though no less taxing when getting three children in and out of stifling car seats. I'm tired of sweating. I never like to rush a season, for time moves swiftly enough as it is, but I cannot wait for late summer, when the Wheel slips toward Mabon and full on Fall.I am looking forward to the colors of leaves, to brisk air in the mornings, to rain, to the dark. I want to be able to wear … [Read more...]

The Tyranny of Perfectionism

The single biggest hindrance to doing anything is the tyranny of perfectionism. Fearing that I'm not Doing it Right or Doing Enough keeps me from doing more than I care to admit. As a parent of young children I am often caught in this web of lies. There's never enough uninterrupted time. There's never enough childcare. This web tangles up many areas of my life: spiritual practice, health, parenting, community building, and so on.The tyranny of perfectionism sometimes also keeps people … [Read more...]

(Not) Working with the Ancestors

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Almost every witch, shaman, or spirit worker I know talks about working with their Ancestors. Some magicians do it. Polytheists, if they don't work directly with their Ancestors, usually have ways in which they honor them. But me? I'm terribly conflicted.See, I understand the theory behind most Ancestor veneration and spirit work. It reminds me a lot of the tradition of Saints in Catholicism. Why not send up a prayer to some one who is invested in my well being and has experience in a … [Read more...]

Pagans and the (Zombie) Apocalypse

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Pagan community here.Lately, the only big picture writing I've read on the state of our world is from writers on the fringe of the fringe. Peter Grey and the writers at Scarlet Imprint have written some of the most heart-searingly honest and downright chilling pieces on how witchcraft and the state  of the world intersect. Grey's essay Rewilding Witc … [Read more...]

Magic and Community in the Pacific Northwest

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Magic comes in a variety of forms, just like community. Going to events won't give anyone instant community, especially not for a perennial loner like me. I do, however, attend events to feed my intellectual curiosity, fill my social needs, see who else in my area is doing what, and to support other magic workers.I live in Olympia, Washington, a place which feels the most 'Pagan' of all the places I've lived. It's the state capital and near to two major military bases, so there are … [Read more...]

The Left Hand Path

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[I wrote this piece near the beginning of my blog project, when I was devoted to one tradition for a quarter each, and I shifted from practicing all Hinduism all the time to practicing the Feri tradition.*]A discussion of the ‘left hand paths’ is an appropriate segue between the Hindu and Feri traditions. They might appear radically different, but you might be surprised. I was!Like all dualities, the split between left and right hand paths is a bit of a false dichotomy. Each side has ele … [Read more...]


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