Astral Poo ( Or If Not For Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have Any Luck At All)

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Since sometime last week I have been fighting some kind of flu or virus that has fogged my brain, congested my sinuses, plagued me with nausea, given me fever chills, and supplied me with muscle aches. My brain is finally emerging from the fog slowly, and my fully lucid moments are long enough to be able to write something that maintains coherency for more than a few sentences. Before I got sick I hurt my back. Last night I believe I managed to fracture my big toe. I didn't want to get up this … [Read more...]

A “Legitimate” Paganism Experiment: What Do You Spiritually Need?

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BT Newberg referenced the concept of Pagans trying to legitimize themselves "in the eyes of the mainstream."  Aside from the other interesting concepts in his post, including a naturalist/hard polytheist dichotomy, I found that an odd idea. I suppose to some degree it may be true, as the Facebook poll I created shows, but it seems to me we spend far more time trying to legitimize ourselves to each other, or knocking down rampant stupidity (such as the idea we are simply lazy … [Read more...]

I Will Pray For You (She Said Sinisterly)

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First of all, I FEEL BETTER! Whatever bug I had has vamoosed, and in the way things go I am amused at how the universe always seem to kick you when you're down, and at how all sorts of things happen while you are lying abed with a bug. How weird the wide world is! I know there are Olympics, and Catholics using smarmy quoting practices and Lammas and about a gajillion blog posts that could be responded to but today I want to talk about doing magick for other people. Anecdotal evidence … [Read more...]

Live Pagan Hangout Today: Christian Imagery in Pagan and Occult Ritual

I'm creating what is essentially a 30 min weekly Pagan talk show on the web which has the novelty of being broadcast live. It's all through the magic of G+ and the first broadcast is today. If you can't watch live (we can see your comments and questions during broadcast and respond to them) then never fear, it will be available on Youtube for your viewing convenience. I'll be embedding the video here so you can open this page in a tab as a reminder to watch later. We'll start at 11 AM EDT … [Read more...]

The (Dis)Empowerment of Positive Thinking

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A lot of people I love and admire believe in positive thinking. I'm polite about it. I smile, nod and express appreciation for the good intention behind the platitudes. But I'm not a fan of the positive thinking philosophy. The theory behind positive thinking, or PT for short, is that our thoughts have an incredible ability to influence ourselves and the world around us. This is true to some degree. Human thought has transformed our planet and species. It is a marvel of the universe. However, … [Read more...]

Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon saga, and it's grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle's quote from The Wicker Tree: "Can fate be altered? This is a question that every religion has tried to answer, and the answer is almost certainly No." I've been thinking about a lot of big questions lately, and haven't come to any … [Read more...]

What Is The Ultimate Spiritual Necessity?

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I'm watching Jumping the Broom on a lazy Sunday afternoon as I put off doing laundry. I'm also trying to plan out my month. And as the fabulous Loretta Devine is arguing over the cultural necessity of jumping the broom, and I'm planning out my spiritual activities, I'm wondering what would the spiritual or cultural necessities be for Pagans? In the concentration camps some Jews would risk their lives by hoarding just a little food during the week so they could have a Sabbath feast. Even … [Read more...]

The Magic of Smoke and Flame

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I don't write about spells or magic very often. Rarely, truth be told. I do practice these things though. Every day it's likely I have candles, incense or both burning. I light, I murmur incantations, I salute and I invoke. I think that my words, my intent and energy will be carried by the smoke on the wind. That wind will go places I never can, from the upper reaches of the atmosphere to the thin drafts under doorways. It will whisper my wishes as it encircles the earth in … [Read more...]

Because We Believe?

I was chatting with my High Priest yesterday about how there is no one true Paganism, and why it is trad Craft practices the way it does. I hit on an idea in that conversation I'd like to expand on, and I'd love reader feedback on it because it may be a bit controversial and I may put my foot in my mouth trying to unpack the idea. All Pagan traditions practice differently. Some are stricter than others regarding practice. The tradition I am studying and practicing is a very strict form of … [Read more...]

Initiation: A Love Letter

The past two weekends I've been sorely tempted to write about things I find on the internet that make me despair of my community. From teachers whose "principles" require a fealty oath to their person, to people once again hating on Wicca, to people defining Wicca as spiritual silly putty. Maybe I should write about those things, but I just don't need to weigh down my soul with that right now. Instead, I'd like to tell you about why I petitioned for initiation into Traditional Witchcraft. 1. … [Read more...]


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