Vagabond

It is not a poetic metaphor, I am literally surviving off the kindness and generosity of others right now. I am crashing at friend #2’s place and will be crashing with friend #3 before the weekend is over. I’m going to be a gypsy for a few more days while I get my things in [Read More…]

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Tattoos As Spiritual Markers

I had a strange day yesterday. I never had any intention of ending up in a tattoo shop, accompanying friends to a piercing. But that is where my day took me, and it is funny how a funky tattoo parlor can feel safe and comforting. I stood back and watched as the artists worked and [Read More…]

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Why I Don’t Believe In Forgiveness

[I wasn’t going to publish this since I thought it was inappropriate. But I’m being thrown out today despite making arrangements to move out well before the original deadline. So screw appropriateness.] I’ve stated before that I don’t believe in the Christian notion of forgiveness. That is not to say that I don’t believe in [Read More…]

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Percy Jackson Can Lead To Paganism

Although in this case it’s definitely soft polytheism/psychological pantheism: The Sydney problem, however, still needed solving. I approached her the other day and said, “Syd, you go to church on Sunday, right?” “Yes.” “Who do you pray to?” “God,” she said. “One God, right? Then how can you say you believe in all those Greek [Read More…]

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Open Thread: The Lion and the Unicorn Tavern

Once upon a time, long ago, in a land far, far away (Beliefnet forums circa 2000 CE) there was a magical tavern, whose name I no longer recall. Someone accused Pagans of worshiping “Stan,” and thus Stan the bartender at the greatest tavern in Hel was born. People would come in, sit down, rest, grab [Read More…]

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The Importance of Online Community

Online community gets dissed a lot. I know, because sometimes I’m the one doing the dissing. It is true that online community is limited in what it can do. It cannot give you a physical hug, let you take a bit of it’s fettuccine alfredo, or bring a casserole to your house and sit with [Read More…]

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Moving to Paganistan

I have had a surprising weekend. I was unexpectedly given notice that I have to move out of my current living situation by October 1st. Five weeks isn’t a lot of time to plan a move. Thankfully, some amazing people have come to my rescue with advice, huge favors, and words of encouragement and support. [Read More…]

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John Cheese on Being Poor

I am, once again, doing the kind of frantic budgeting in which having $50 left for a month’s worth of groceries is actually good news. What expenses can I cut? What do I absolutely have to spend money on? What will actually be possible without someone laughing hysterically at my income and credit history? The [Read More…]

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Would Arranged Marriage Work For Pagan Communities?

Many of you probably already hate this idea, just from the title. Let me save you some time: I know that you hate it and I know why you hate it. I already know that most Pagans do not share the views I’m expressing here, and I don’t care. Now that that is out of [Read More…]

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Shameless Plug: Limited Tarot Readings with Custom Charm

I have exciting things afoot in my personal life. Cogs are moving and wheels are turning. It is going to have a significant impact on my personal practice, my interaction with community, and even my writing. I might even end up sucked into writing for the PNC again. There’s a lot of potential with this [Read More…]

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