About Sara Amis

Sara Amis writes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and rants. She is a Faery initiate who kicks it old-school, a member of Hellbender Coven, and has many opinions. Her work has appeared in Datura, Jabberwocky, Lilith Queen of the Desert, Witches and Pagans, Moon Milk Review, A Mantle of Stars, and her blog, the Consequence of Chance. Her poem series The Sophia Leaves Text Messages was published as an artist's book by Papaveria Press. She teaches Tarot and magic sometimes.

Love Conquers All

My coven’s more or less unofficial motto (we never went through a formal process of adopting it, on the other hand nobody saw fit to argue with me about it) is Omnia vincit amor.  I am a devotee of Ishtar, and its her kind of turn of phrase. Love…and battles. My inner eleven-year-old recalls that [Read More…]

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Brighid Poetry Festival: The woman of seven stars goes hunting

The 6th Annual Brighid Poetry Festival is an internet tradition to honor Brighid, Goddess of Smithcraft and Poetry. It is that time of year again, when bloggers around the world post a favorite poem in honor of Brigid, the Irish goddess and patron saint of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. Brigid’s feast day is February 1st, [Read More…]

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The Art of Forthright Speech

So, there’s this story, about Inanna.  Basically, she goes to the God of Wisdom, Enki, and is all, “Hey there, I’m Ereshkigal’s little sister, I’m the goddess of Lurve and Battles, and I’m smokin’ hot.” Enki says,  “Heh heh heh. Yes, honey, you sure are.” Inanna says, “Would you like a beer?” So Enki (who [Read More…]

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Sing to the Mighty Dead

I’ve realized lately that many of the people I have admired from girlhood or learned to admire since were bisexuals, though some of them lived before the term was even coined. I’ve read their books and speeches, watched their movies, listened to their music, looked at their art, read about their lives and felt some sense of connection with each of them. I didn’t know it, but I had my tribe with me all along. [Read more…]

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Lilith’s Compost Pile

I have been reading Lilith: Queen of the Desert, a Lilith devotional compiled and edited by Anya Kless and published by Knickerbocker Circus Press. Full disclosure: one of my poems is in it. So hey, quality literature at it’s finest already. I have to say that I found some sections in the latter part of [Read More…]

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Litha

A bunny bounded from my path, flashing his white tail at me a few times. Then he sat under some brambles very still, head turned over his shoulder and ears cocked, to see if I was fooled. I wasn’t, but I didn’t let him know. I think seeing a rabbit on Midsummer morning must mean good luck. [Read more…]

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Practical Theology, Part One: In which I wander blithely from hard science to far-out mysticism

Every so often someone asks me, with varying degrees of politeness, how I can believe in that witchcraft magicky Goddess stuff. How do I know it’s real? And don’t I worry that having Gods talk to me means I’m crazy? [Read more…]

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Basic But Not Simple

Some people, when they go to learn a different tradition, go from one teacher to another (more about that later), or when they start training in a formal tradition after having been doing things their own way for years, are daunted by the prospect of starting all over again. I’ve also seen people who are [Read More…]

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Initiation variety pack

I was first initiated into a religious tradition when I was twelve years old. I underwent a symbolic death and rebirth, was ritually cleansed, and was recognized as a member of the spiritual family with a celebratory feast. That is to say, I joined the Baptist church. Since then I’ve undergone several more initiations: into [Read More…]

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Memorial

This isn’t going to be a very uplifting Memorial Day post. Nor is it very Pagan, except perhaps in the way that I view collective responsibility and the necessity to uphold it. This time last year, we had just found out that my brother, a Vietnam veteran, had liver cancer. He hadn’t been getting regular [Read More…]

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