Pagan Teaching Models and My Approach

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A lot of beginners are enamored with the idea of having a teacher, but not so enamored with doing the work that teachers ask students to do. This is how I learned, and this is how I teach those who come to me. [Read more...]

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Feri Seekers and the Ivy League Syndrome

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Over 94% of the people who want to go to Harvard don’t get in. So they go somewhere else and they do fine. As with colleges, which magical or spiritual tradition you study is far less important than doing the work and participating in the life of the community. [Read more...]

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Sore Quadriceps and the Reality of Pagan Priesthood

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This is the reality of Pagan priesthood – it’s a lot of work. Not just the mental work of thinking, writing, and talking to people, and not just the spiritual work of meditation, prayer, and offerings. It’s also a lot of hot, hard, dirty physical work. [Read more...]

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Secret Societies and the Impossibility of Perfect Vetting

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Some Pagans are saying those whose confidence was betrayed are partially to blame because they “should have done a better job of vetting.” The question of what risks we take when we share sacred mysteries is worth further exploration. [Read more...]

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Adventures in Tarot Reading

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I don’t read for the public very often. But when I worked a Psychic Fair last weekend I helped some people see some important things in their lives, and I also learned a few things myself. [Read more...]

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Witches of America – A Review

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Many times our deepest desires are at odds with what the mainstream society tells us we should want. Do we follow our true calling or do we become what the sorcerers of Madison Avenue tell us we’re supposed to be? Alex Mar was faced with this decision. She chose poorly. [Read more...]

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Must Paganism Be Transgressive?

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Some Pagan traditions – most notably Witchcraft – are inherently transgressive, but there’s more than one approach. If we’re going to build a world where mainstream values are in alignment with our values, we’re going to need them all. [Read more...]

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This Land Is Your Land

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This land is your land. Not in the sense of ownership but in the sense of belonging, in the same way we speak of your family or your country. You’re here. You’re not going away. Start acting like you belong here. [Read more...]

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