There Is No Supernatural

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“Supernatural” is a convenient but lazy word that means “something outside the realm of what we ordinarily experience.” The fact that the word is needed indicates our experiences of Gods, spirits, and the results of magic have never stopped. [Read more...]

Does Magic Undermine the Sovereignty of Nature?

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Does the practice of magic undermine the sovereignty of Nature? John Halstead thinks it does. Not surprisingly, I disagree. Here’s why. [Read more...]

Poor Magicians, Good Magicians

Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC

Do you like your life? Are you working to build the kind of society you want to live in, even if only a few people are interested in living in it with you? If so, then keep doing it. If not, what do you need to do to change it? What do you need to do to dive head-first into the calling of your True Will? [Read more...]

A Poor Magician Is A Poor Magician

The Magician

Is a poor magician a poor magician? Is there any correlation between material wealth and spiritual depth? It depends… [Read more...]

American Horror Story and the Currents of Magic

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I had high hopes for American Horror Story: Coven and most of my expectations were not met. Still, it was enjoyable to watch and fun to follow, and it reflects a rising current of magic in the mainstream world. [Read more...]

Vision of a Pagan Future

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Paganism needs institutions if it’s going to become the societal force we need it to become. But let’s leave room in our Big Tent for the mystics and wild witches who will not let us forget why we became Pagans in the first place. [Read more...]

Magical Literacy

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Ivo Dominguez Jr. says an increasing percentage of the Pagan community is “magickally illiterate and innumerate.” I think he’s right. Remedying that situation starts with understanding what magic is, what it isn’t, and how it works. [Read more...]


dabbling? let's just call this a very eclectic altar

Part of our problem with dabbling is the idea that since we – who, of course, are the good, serious Pagans – have moved beyond it, so should everyone else. Maybe that’s a good goal for a group of 13 or less, but it’s simply not realistic for any group big enough to be called a religious community. [Read more...]