September 18, 2018

To feel something is very different from verifying something. Facts can often be explained in ways easy to grok; feelings are colorful words meant to evoke a response but can’t be measured in mathematics (well, until modern science refines brain wave patterns). Read more

August 25, 2018

There are few humans in this world untouched by the expectations of the people around them. It comes from many places: family, tradition, friends, bullies, media, social norms and, ultimately, our own fears. At some point, we take on those expectations and make them ours—expectations of ourselves and of others. Read more

August 19, 2018

Sometimes, maybe more often than we say aloud, rituals can be accidental. They can be guided by instinct, by chance, or sheer necessity. They can sneak up on one, perhaps via cultural memory or unknown desires or practicality. They can appear to be something worth no more than mockery—such as a certain pop singer’s brief moment with an electric shaver. Read more

July 19, 2018

The default in the pagan circles should not be, “I will encroach upon your comfort and define you as my goddess to worship and touch unless you specifically tell me otherwise.” That’s wrong. It’s also pervy; nobody should be touched without permission. Nobody should be subjected to idolization unless they choose to be. Read more

July 17, 2018

I have a problem. I mean, I have many, but let’s just focus on this one for now. In short: I have no goddamn patience. Who’s surprised? Anybody surprised? Anyone? …Bueller? Yeah, didn’t think so. A lack of patience is not great for the concept of, well, anything short of saving somebody from a burning car or something similar. Patience is the hallmark and cornerstone of just about everything worth having and, rather counter-productively, the hardest for me to master…. Read more

June 11, 2018

They say that humans are trained to spot connections where there are only coincidences. I tend to. Two or more things will happen at once (don’t things of significance happen in threes?) and I’m suddenly drawn to it like it matters. Yet…I also believe that sometimes a spade is just a spade and not the Queen of Wands. Read more

May 30, 2018

“…The name of your husband, wife, lover, favorite politician, film star, or most hated dictator will all be equally magically potent, so long as they give you that extra little kick to stir your deep mind out of its usual sluggish sleep.” (Paul Huson) Pop culture evocation, anyone? Read more

May 18, 2018

There’s this little self-deprecating idea in my head: a story or book or something titled Confessions of a Part-Time Witch. Is that a thing that exists? If not, it should. I’m not qualified to make it happen; in fact, I don’t even qualify as “part-time”. Is “occasional witch” a thing? “Unreliable witch?” I kind of like that one. Unreliable in all things except moodily staring off into space and feeling utterly out of place in this one-dimension world… So deep. SO PATHOS. Read more

April 9, 2018

When playing D&D, I shy away from clerics or paladins. Rangers and sorcerers have long been my favorites; no divine calling in either. I honestly had no idea what being chosen by a god was supposed to look like. What does it do? How does it proceed? What am I supposed to feel? See, or hear? How does it work?  Read more

March 23, 2018

I was beginning to think I’d lost my abilities to read—one of the few mystically oriented things I am comfortable in saying I am good at. My confidence took a beating. Read more

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