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...]

Shiva the Witch God

Kalialtaricon

Shiva has been part of my devotional practice for quite a while: I dedicate Mondays to him specifically. For the last few months I've been contemplating him as a witch god. In some Hindu traditions Shiva is considered the god of the margins, of the people on the far edges of society. Part of this is because Shiva is not concerned with social structures or formalities - he would rather be focused on his own practice and bliss. Depending on one's Hindu tradition, Shiva can be the Destroyer, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Books of 2013

Rebecca Sutherland illustrates a story from 'The Bloody Chamber'

I read a lot. These days I read a lot for reviews, almost entirely non-fiction, or to my kids. Occasionally I'll post reviews of books that I have chosen to read, ones I think are particularly significant. However, I've read a lot of really good stuff this year that I haven't written reviews for. Here is a selection of books that got me fired up this year. Note: These are not ranked in any order of preference, and they may or may not have been released in 2013. Fiction The Bloody … [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...]

Frozen: A review

Oh Disney, you are so complicated. Such beautiful art, such a weird and twisted empire. So many great movies, so many terrible ones. But one thing has remained constant for your empire: you are a feminist's nightmare. I fell in love with Disney when I was 14, when The Little Mermaid came out. The colors! THE SINGING. I didn't have a filter then for deconstructing the anti-feminist qualities of that film. And oh, it's awful for girls. Silence your voice to win a cute boy's heart? UGH. And then … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for the Mystic

yantra

It's full on holiday shopping time. But what do you buy the mystic in your life? What do you get for the witch that has everything? Let me help you! This is my first ever gift guide. I typically don't want to encourage the commodification of sacred holidays, but who doesn't like pretty things? And who doesn't want to support independent artists and other small businesses? So without further ado here are things that I would love - I mean, that the spiritual person in your life might love. … [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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