Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

There are few people in the world that I admire more than P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. He is intelligent, kind, patient, a clear and thoughtful writer, and has been a source of unflagging support in my darkest hours. I am not in the habit of placing Pagans on pedestals, but if Sufenas weren't so tall already I might be tempted.It has taken me a long time to get around to reading his Devotio Antinoo. At over 500 pages it is a tome, so I set aside hours to devote to nothing else this week, and I … [Read more...]

Fresh Snark: Showtime’s “Polyamory: Married and Dating”

First things first, I know a bit about polyamory. I know some wonderful poly folks and have a lot of respect for that lifestyle choice. But I'm no expert. I'm not poly myself, mainly because I detest talking about feelings and relationships, but also because I find one man a lot of work and can't imagine having time or energy for two or three. But for the purpose of watching Showtime's Polyamory: Married & Dating I decided to play dumb. What would I learn about polyamory just from watching … [Read more...]

How Do You Review Divination?

About once a year I get a professional divination consultation. Used to be local readers, but the past few years I've gotten them online or over the phone. The type of divination varies. Last year I was concerned about my ancestors and I went to Galina Krasskova for divination. It was interesting and helpful. I don't think I've ever had a bad experience with divination, but I certainly have had different levels of quality, knowledge, counseling skill and depth. I used to read professionally … [Read more...]

Needful Stories & Good Advice: Reviews of Low Magick (Lon Milo DuQuette) and The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley (Rodney Orpheus)

I read a lot of news and opinion, and reading for leisure hasn't been a big priority in the past couple of years. I have had a strange week though, and it afforded me some offline downtime. So I read two books, one a recent Kindle purchase, and the other a book that I'd had in my "to read" pile for months. Both are by Thelemites who happen to be active leaders in the Ordo Templi Orientis. Low Magick: It's All In Your Head ... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is Lon Milo DuQuette I am a … [Read more...]

The Wicker Tree Live Discussion with Peg Aloi and Alastair Gourlay

Peg Aloi, of The Witching Hour, and I decided to take Google Hangouts On Air for a test drive and explore The Wicker Tree film. Thanks to the power of social networking Alastair Gourlay, executive producer of The Wicker Tree, joined our discussion!It's two hours long, longer than we intended, but we hope to revisit the subject in a future Hangout On Air, maybe with spoilers next time.I hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

Analyzing The Wicker Tree: Spoilers Ahead

Religion can quickly become a gruesome business.Forget whatever you think The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree are about. They are not "Pagan films" or even proper horror films. They, with tongue grimly planted in cheek, remind us where our theologies can lead us unchecked and unfettered. They are not pro-Pagan, pro-Christian, pro-religion or pro-secularism. They are not meant to make you feel better about your faith. They are cautionary tales that say: There but for the grace of critical … [Read more...]

The Gaian Tarot: A Review

I feel a bit funny about giving tarot reviews. I read the tarot pretty regularly, and I even once tried giving professional reading a go, with the result that I have a great deal of respect for those who do that exhausting work for a living. Yet, if you want to have a deep conversation about the Tower card, I'm not your gal. Reviewing tarot decks feels a bit like being asked to review fine wine when you have a glass of Manischewitz on the rocks in hand.However, the creator of The Gaian Tarot, … [Read more...]

Grumpy Star and The Lovers’ Tarot Deck

When the Universe wants you to learn a lesson, it will ask nicely at first, and then it pulls out the cosmic baseball bat to knock the lesson into you. Since Beltaine I've been pushed out of my comfort zone regarding all that "mushy, touchy-feely love stuff" and I'm not happy about it. I find myself shaking my fist at Bette Midler, Tina Turner, and those sappy Supremes more often of late.Love, in all it's forms, is demanding my attention lately, and like a naughty puppy, I keep pretending if I … [Read more...]

A Conundrum of Conscience

Tonight I watched the new “Clash of the Titans” movie. Growing up in the eighties, the original had been something of a cult classic and had made an impression on me as a child. Sadly, the remake while boasting better special effects is nowhere nearly as good in story line and acting as the original. That however, is not why I am writing about it here. I came away from watching this movie filled with immense ambivalence and a disquiet in the soul. I am used to seeing the Gods poorly portrayed, or … [Read more...]

Religion in the US Military: Comforts and Controversies

by Erynn Rowan LaurieBill of RightsAmendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Chaplains Under Fire ( is a documentary by Lee Lawrence and Terry Nickelson exploring the nature of the chaplaincy in the US military. Its … [Read more...]