Farewell Sir Terry Pratchett

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Last week the world’s media announced the death of British fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett . After 70 books, 70 million sales in 37 languages, and 44 years as a professional author, one of the wittiest, cleverest, and insightful writers passed into the Great Beyond, but the work that he has done for literature and for charity lives on. [Read more...]

May they not have power over us

Vivianne Crowley with Rainbow

Many of us have little power in the world. We can only do what we can do in our own small spheres of influence. But there is one place where we can always start. This is within ourselves. To refuse evil is to be strong in the face of terror, to hold steadfast to our values and what we believe in, to refuse to share in the terrorists’ hate. [Read more...]

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ … unless you’re depressed

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The turning of the year is a traditional time to make New Year resolutions. The cycle of the seasons that we celebrate as Pagans teaches us the reality of the universe – that all is impermanence. The past no longer exists except in our memories. If we have courage, we can let go of that which we no longer need. [Read more...]

‘And beyond death I bring peace and freedom…’

Carl Jung, 1912

We do not all have traumatic events like the near-death experience Carl Jung described to help us focus on what is really important to us. Still, the spiritual experiences of transcendence that many of us find in ritual and meditation play a similar role in teaching us that ‘I’ and the body are not the same. [Read more...]

Honoring Earth

I Ching

As we honor Earth at the autumn equinox, we are aware of the fragility of the global agricultural economy that keeps us all alive. Let us remember that small actions become big actions when the actors are many. When the journey is long, it can be hard to begin, so begin with small steps – and just keep going. [Read more...]

Spear to Cauldron, Lance to Grail

"The Damsel of the Sanct Grael" or "Holy Grail" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1874)

The Grail quest is a journey within, to the True Self, the hidden centre of our being; but that is not the end of the story. The sacred marriage of Cauldron and Spear at Midsummer also marries the king to the land, symbolizing willingness to serve others and the wider world. Midsummer is a time to affirm our dedication to spiritual quest, not to attain something but to become something. [Read more...]

Open the Door, the Door that Has No Key

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What then is the mystery of the circle? The circle is a space in which everyone can see everyone else. There is no place to hide. The secret is that it is not a place of secrets, but a place of transparency and revelation. [Read more...]

Creativity, Art and the Art Magickal

Giovanni Domenico Cerrini (1609–1681), Allegory of Painting, detail

Art and magick, imagination and invocation, are creative acts that define us as humans. Our creative imagination is the origin of science and technology, of art and music, of all that makes us who and what we are. We seek to emulate nature, but we also seek breakthroughs into other states of consciousness that seem to take us beyond the universe as we know it through the physical senses. [Read more...]


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