Wiccanate: Or You Think This Post Is About You

I get called an elitist, a snob, a fascist and filth by the very people who feel I should support and attend their events. It isn’t even worth writing about anymore. I feel as though I’ve been a broken record since 2011. Part of me wants to keep writing, but I don’t know who I’m [Read More…]

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Reducing Stress, Increasing Joy: The Stoicism of Epictetus

I am in a new state, in a strange part of the country, with three suitcases and a backpack. I don’t have a lot of money, and all of my options seem confusing. Yesterday was a rough day, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. I am a weepy, worrying mess [Read More…]

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The (Dis)Empowerment of Positive Thinking

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 [Read More…]

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Relying On Faith

I need to start this post with this note before getting on with the topic at hand. When I wrote about realizing that traditional Witchcraft was a Mystery Tradition and not a religion, I received a lot of positive feedback from trad folk. It was an odd thing, because they seemed to not understand I [Read More…]

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The Gods We Know… and Those We Don’t…

I have a vague inspiration this morning. I will try to craft a post from it, but it may well fall flat. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has an excellent column this morning on grappling with the concept of new Gods, and Apuleius Platonicus has, whether you agree with his views or not, a rather passionate [Read More…]

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Fitting Tributes: The Passing of Lord Athanor

Pagans having two names can have some amusing consequences. How often do you tend to know someone’s mundane name or magical name, but not both? You know who Nightfire is but swear you’ve never met Michael, not knowing they are the same person. I recently had an experience like that. Lord Athanor is one of [Read More…]

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Waiting for the King

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to write for this blog. So much is going on in the world. There is so much I could draw attention to or draw out into discussion. Sometimes I think I should be more newsy, but I don’t really have any desire to be a “poor man’s” The [Read More…]

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The Jerk VS Bigotry Ratio

I’ve been watching the fall-out from the Halloran piece on The Village Voice since it was published. Every time I thought I had something to say about it, I would notice something else that would make me pause and cogitate. Straight up, I find Thrasher’s wanton and casual bashing of Pagan religions offensive. It’s unnecessary [Read More…]

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Secrets, or A Pagan Look at Advent

Keeping silent. It’s something that Witches do a lot. What happens at the crossroads, stays at the crossroads. You don’t broadcast all your business for others to pick apart the threads of energy you have so carefully woven. Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead. – Benjamin Franklin Much of the [Read More…]

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Giving Thanks

For a lot of us, our holiday to give thanks was back at Mabon, although we ideally give thanks year round. However, it’s still kind of powerful to give thanks as a nation. So here are a few things I’m thankful for: Good Friends: it’s nice to know there are people who are just there [Read More…]

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