Midsummer Magic: Let it Burn

Magic is a life hack. A cheat code. Complexity presents more options, but the most effective technique is the one that calls to you. The one that works. [Read more…]

Bargains and Pacts

Been thinking of the concept of bargains with the Otherworld, and this piece came to mind.  The premise is that of Fairy Brides, who get captured by mortals and forced to marry.  I was thinking of the stories in which the fisherman keep and hide the skins of their Selkie lovers, to keep them tame.  [Read More…]

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

When I was a student in the Netherlands, one concept that I enjoyed playing with was the idea of American Apocalysm.  This is a term I created to describe a cultural phenomenon that puzzled my European friends.  My discipline was religious studies, and the majority of the Dutch folks I encountered self-identified as atheist.  The [Read More…]

May Eve

This is a song I have been playing with that I would like to share. With all of the focus on Spring and new beginnings, I got to thinking about the bizarre, yet pervasive, equation of youth and sexuality in our culture.  Sexual repression and fear of aging is endemic in our society.  It gets [Read More…]

Sea Scrying: Circles, Patterns, or Portals?

Reading the Pagan blogosphere reminds me of the ocean at times, the waves of thoughts crashing together.  The salty taste of ideas that are beautiful or strident.  The sting of overexposure, of feeling adrift in a flood of moving molecules.  The irony of being thirsty in the midst of so much water. The image reminds [Read More…]

Spring Forward

Today is a complex day.  It is my mother’s birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, and just a few days shy of Spring Equinox.  It is the 3 year anniversary of the death of my good friend and mentor, Donald Michael Kraig, and the approximate date of my uncle’s death 4 years ago, (though the actual date [Read More…]

The Great Queen and Highway Magick

Yesterday I was invited to participate in a devotional ritual honoring the Morrigan by Stephanie Woodfield.  She is a fellow Llewellyn author and new friend, and texted me early in the day to ask if I could pitch in as one of the ladies in her group had called out sick, and they needed a [Read More…]

Shapers, Makers, Builders, Breakers

What is the defining characteristic that unites all Pagans, Occultists, Witches, and Other? The “big tent” of Paganism includes such diversity that it is hard to quantify a cohesive movement.  Clearly it is not our politics, as there are liberal, conservatives, and moderates mixed together.  It is not our spiritual or religious affiliation (or non-affiliation). [Read More…]

Grey Magick and Soapbox Preachers

Yesterday I had dental work. I also had a sinus infection. I was excused from returning to my office.   This freed me up to take a trip downtown to file my modified paperwork from last week’s adventures.  It’s an odd moment to realize that one is excited to be sick enough to go to [Read More…]

Reflection

  It’s been a long week.  Tough negotiations all around, but several things are settled.  Survived the final mediation with the ex on Thursday.  He is on to new adventures in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.  I refinanced my house on Friday.  Have been rehabbing my pop up camper over the weekend.  Had [Read More…]