September 14, 2019

There are tons of articles floating around about how to choose good beginner books, how to find reputable teachers, how to join friendly covens, and how to find fun and educational public events, but in all this conversation we’re missing something that’s just as important as the ability to choose good resources: how to be a good beginner! Read more

September 7, 2019

The collection of tarot cards is not my ability to divine. The books are not the knowledge I’ve accumulated. The journals are not the experiences I’ve had. The sword is not my power as a covenleader. The trinkets and greeting cards are not my friends and family. The altar is not my power as a witch. Read more

June 5, 2019

I believe in True Will. I think I know what mine is. But is it possible to get there without overriding my own cycles? Or are our personal cycles in place to help us enact that purpose? Read more

May 27, 2019

Religion can be profound and creative and enlightening and whatever else, but it also traumatizes. Some in our community bear deep wounds that will never fully heal. Read more

May 25, 2019

Harmony Nice is one of the leading voices in this latest incarnation of Wicca, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this book does what Teen Witch did in the nineties, both good and bad. Read more

January 21, 2019

It’s been a long time since I’ve been a beginner, but being active on the Pagan and witch Internet means that I’m constantly in contact with newcomers. I see their questions (and sometimes have them directed at me), I check out the books they’re reading, and I watch what’s changing since I first got started in the nineties (a lot, for sure). Recently, I was telling Mat Auryn that I wish those of us who have been around for a… Read more

July 19, 2018

In the beginning, I did what most people who buy tarot decks do: I assumed the problem I had interpreting cards was with me and I put my cards away, because, clearly, I just wasn’t cut out to work with tarot. The problem wasn’t me. The problem was that the Celtic Cross is a poor place to start for anyone, and doesn’t even make much sense further down the road. Read more

July 8, 2018

What I’ve called “aesthetic witchcraft” in jest in the past is a real thing, and it’s dominating social media right now, especially Instagram. When people think of witches, this is what they’re envisioning right now. Read more

June 23, 2018

There will be new events, new planning committees, new writers and teachers to love, and new friends to meet. There’s no singular “Pagan community,” which means there’s no way to destroy it. Read more

June 3, 2018

I got on YouTube because I was lonely. I wanted to connect with other Pagans and witches and feel like I was part of a community. The YouTube Pagan community was a major lifeline of mine for years, and for many it still is. Read more

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