Responding to the Religiously Obnoxious

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I’m a big proponent of doing what it takes to get along. But at some point, “getting along” becomes “pretending to be someone you aren’t.” I’ve crossed that line before, sometimes knowingly and sometimes mindlessly. It never ended well. [Read more...]

Amanda Palmer and the Art of Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding has become a seemingly magical source of money for a variety of projects and causes. But like all magic, it’s far more complicated than it appears on the surface. [Read more...]

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...]

Faith in the Wrong Things

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Those who put their faith in Democrats – or Republicans, or Libertarians, or Communists – have been let down over and over and over again. There is no reason to expect things will be different next time. Instead, put your faith in something older, stronger, and more certain. [Read more...]

The Four Centers of Paganism

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Paganism is a movement, not an institution. You aren’t in or out of a movement, you’re more or less close to its center. The Pagan movement has four centers, four key concepts and practices around which modern Pagans gather. They are Nature, Deities, the Self, and Community. [Read more...]

Poor Magicians, Good Magicians

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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

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


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