October 11, 2015

Being a spiritual leader doesn’t make you enlightened. Your leadership is a service that you’re providing to those around you, not a pedestal from which you can look down at them. Your training may give you skills that others haven’t obtained for whatever reason, but it doesn’t make you better or smarter than them. Read more

October 1, 2015

It seems to me that, when oppressed peoples claim a thing exists, the compassionate and mindful thing to do is to listen to them. Read more

September 14, 2015

I wanted to lose myself in the warm water, let the swells carry me into a deep meditative state, but my hand cramped from being held in a fist and I couldn’t help but check my ring after every big wave. My rings, like my family, held me back from what I wanted my witchcraft and the Goddess to be. I couldn’t let myself go, not completely. Read more

August 21, 2015

Disorders like OCD or chronic anxiety can mimic the instincts and gut feelings that witches rely on to perform effective magic. So how do you get around these problems? Read more

August 11, 2015

The consequences of me not tending my Morrigan shrine aren’t being struck by lightning, or having my bones broken, or the earth swallowing me up. The consequences are nothing more–and nothing less–than a dampened, atrophied spiritual practice. But every moment is an opportunity to begin again, and the Morrigan is patient with me. Read more

July 19, 2015

You can’t go wrong with these three easy(?) steps. Read more

July 16, 2015

If everything always goes smoothly and without any hiccups, then when do we get to learn and grow? When do we get to make the mistakes that reveal deep truths? Do we really want spiritual traditions that are either so vague or so dogmatic that no one can ever mess up? Read more

June 18, 2015

Because we white people have the same predictable, echo-chamber conversations every time a Black life is snapped up by white supremacy. Because the Facebook memes and retweets and editorials and media critiques are getting really repetitive. Because we talk and talk and talk and nothing is changing. Read more

June 15, 2015

Anu is a goddess of primal love: the deep, pheromone-driven love that makes us pine for our coworkers, Facebook-stalk our roommate’s girlfriend, make fools of ourselves for one slim chance at getting laid. Anu is the flower beckoning bees to fertilize it, the apple tree laden with fruit, the pheromone-driven force that makes us procreate and multiply. She’s more, too–she’s a mother goddess, an earth goddess, a personification of nature–but, the dream told me, she is also a sex goddess. Read more

June 10, 2015

When someone makes a concerted effort to shame you, they’re often driven by fear, anxiety, and insecurity. You’re doing something they’re unfamiliar with, or you hold a belief that contradicts their beliefs, or they simply don’t know how to relate to the kind of person you are. They feel contaminated by your very existence, so they try to cleanse themselves by lashing out. Read more

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