Let’s Talk About Gender

Gender is a difficult concept. I literally have no idea why some activities, clothing styles, thoughts, and behaviours are labelled “masculine” and others are labelled “feminine”. It all seems very arbitrary to me. In some languages, objects are assigned a grammatical gender. The designation of assertiveness as a “masculine” trait, or receptiveness as a “feminine” trait, seems just as arbitrary to me as saying that a car is “masculine” and a table is “feminine”. Read more

Hex The System, Bind The Perpetrator

If a man assumes he is entitled to physical contact (sexual or otherwise) with a woman, do you challenge this assumption? If another man treats your partner as your property, do you challenge that behaviour? If you saw a woman (unconscious or otherwise) being raped, would you intervene? If you saw a woman in a hijab being vilified and attacked, would you intervene? Read more

We Are Rising

The Queer Ones are rising. We are rising out of the woods, out of the ocean, out of the cracks between the concrete. Genderqueer, transgender, glorious peacock-shimmering, rising out of the darkness, the healing and sacred darkness, into the many-hued light of day. Queer deities, genderqueer deities, transgender goddesses and gods. Inari the fox god/dess; Vertumnus the changeable and ever-changing; tricksters and healers, poets and seers and shamans. Read more

Why I am a Wiccan (video)

What is Wicca? Why I am a Wiccan. Video of an address given at the Memorial (Unitarian) Church, Cambridge, on 29 May 2016. Read more

Heresy is Good

Heresy means choosing a path. Isn’t that what Paganism is meant to be all about? Read more

Books for Kids

So, you want to share your Pagan world-view and values with your kids, without indoctrinating them into it? What better way than to give them the kind of books you loved as a kid, which may have influenced your own path to recognising that you are a Pagan? Read more

The Sacred Fool

Humour skewers the powerful and the pompous, pricking their bubble of self-importance. That’s why authoritarians don’t like humour and seek to control it, to turn it as a weapon against the powerless. But the joyous wildness always breaks through the cracks, like ivy and creepers bringing down stone and concrete. Read more

City of Refuge, by Starhawk (Book Review)

CITY OF REFUGE is refreshingly humble. Although it portrays earth-based spirituality, permaculture, sacred sexuality, nonhierarchical decision-making, collective ownership, and other politically-charged concepts, unlike other utopian/dystopian novels, it refuses to present its ideas rigidly or dogmatically. Read more

What Does An Inclusive Coven Look Like?

Inclusive Wicca is about being inclusive towards everyone, regardless of sexuality, ethnicity, disability, or other differences. It is not a new or separate tradition; it is a tendency within existing Wiccan traditions. Read more

Creative Endarkenment: the Need to Ground and Shield

Creativity is by its nature radical. Grounding and shielding helps us protect ourselves when the work gets messy, gets dangerous. Read more


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