You Can Take Your Anti-Muslim Garbage Somewhere Else

If you want to rant against Daesh, Al Qaeda, and the Saudis, I’m right there with you. But if you want to judge 1.6 billion people by the actions of a few, and if you have no compassion for refugees fleeing war and oppression, you can take your anti-Muslim garbage somewhere else. [Read more…]

Why I’m Not Participating in the Mass Binding of Donald Trump and What I’m Doing Instead

I’m not participating in the mass binding of Donald Trump because I believe it will be ineffective and therefore a poor use of our time and energy. But if you have magical skills, you can’t not use them at a time like this. [Read more…]

The Wisdom of the Forest God – A Pilgrimage into the Woods

The woods have always been a magical place for me, and my recent pilgrimage to the woods was an amazing experience. But I cannot stay in the woods – there is too much work to be done out here. [Read more…]

Will You Be My Teacher? Essential Questions For Beginners

There are some questions any new Pagan student needs to ask themselves, particularly if they’re asking for a one-on-one teacher. [Read more…]

What Happens When You Leave A Magical Portal Open?

Leaving a gate or portal open is a bad thing. Mainly, it’s a sloppy thing. We shouldn’t do it, and when we do bad things can happen. But not on the scale of badness that we’re experiencing right now – not by a long shot. [Read more…]

Do the Gods Test People?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that “God” or “Goddess” or “the Universe” is testing me. Interestingly, I’ve never had someone who’s going through a hard time smile and say “it’s OK – it’s just a test from the Gods.” [Read more…]

ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat – Gathering Under a Common Banner

ADF is what it is and does what it does without excuse or apology, and it also welcomes all people of good will to gather around its fire. This past weekend’s Texas Imbolc Retreat embraced and embodied the virtue of hospitality. [Read more…]

How Should Pagan Clergy Dress?

We who serve as Pagan clergy have an obligation to our Gods and to our traditions to present ourselves as serious, competent, and thoughtful. This require study and practice, but it also requires paying attention to how we dress. [Read more…]

Cursing, Binding, and Punching Nazis – The Ethics of Violence

Violence is expensive, messy, and always brings collateral damage. But violence is also effective – it’s one of the most direct ways to get what you want, particularly if you’re more powerful than the guy on the other side. When – if ever – is violence ethically permissible? [Read more…]

Five Non-Pagan Books For Pagans

Pagans are the people of many books, and much of what a beyond-beginner needs to read isn’t found in the Pagan section of the bookstore. These are five books that have been helpful to me as a Pagan even though they aren’t Pagan books. [Read more…]