Why What I Am Takes So Many Words To Describe

There is no single term that completely and accurately describes the religion I practice. Since last fall, I’ve occasionally described it as “ancestral, devotional, ecstatic, oracular, magical, public polytheism.” I think that’s worth exploring in more depth. [Read more…]

Magic: Amateurs vs. Professionals

Let’s not be satisfied with feeling magical. Let’s not be satisfied with being amateur magicians. Let’s do the work necessary to become professional magicians. Let’s learn our craft and get really good at it. [Read more…]

A Speculative Look at the Cycles of Magic and the Otherworld

In which I look at cyclical time, the Mayan calendar, planetary alignments, ice ages and interglacial periods, and our experiences of shredded Veils and Goblin Markets, and then try to come up with a speculative theory to explain it all. [Read more…]

Who Ya Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes?

There has never been a greater need to ignore what the mainstream culture tells you and to pay attention to what your senses – all your senses – tell you is happening. [Read more…]

A Three-Fold Understanding of Magic

I came to a three-fold understanding of magic very early on my Pagan journey, and I’ve yet to find a better model for how magic works. Magic is the intercession of Gods and spirits, the manipulation of unseen forces, and psychological programming. [Read more…]

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales

There’s a bit of formula to Dead Men Tell No Tales, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s the bottom line: I enjoyed it. A lot. [Read more…]

Stealing Fire From The Gods

The practice of magic is, in many ways, stealing fire from the Gods. Every spell is an act of will. Every working says “I choose this” and in doing so, says “I reject that” to other alternatives. Are you willing to take that responsibility? [Read more…]

The Monsters that Live in the Depths

Some aren’t interested in deeper practice. Some aren’t ready for it… but when are any of us really ready for an Otherworldly experience? And some are afraid of the monsters that live in the depths. But here is the door, waiting to be opened. [Read more…]