July 28, 2019

Just this past week I arrived home from a two-week trip to China. The whole experience was challenging but extremely rewarding. I went as part of a 3-credit study abroad with my school through the Confucius Institute (yes- the one that has gotten all the heat recently). While I certainly have some issues with China, overall the trip was wonderful and I really enjoyed immersing myself in a culture that is so different from my own. While I was in… Read more

May 10, 2019

I was recently the subject of a film made for the Salt Institute’s Documentary Film Program by Adreanna Rodriguez . I met Adreanna through a friend and we immediately hit it off. She somehow thought I was interesting enough to be the subject of her final project! You can check it out below:     Read more

April 16, 2019

I mourned yesterday, much like the rest of the world, for the damage done to Notre-Dame de Paris by a horrific fire. She has occupied a special place in my heart since I first saw her back in 2011 when I was visiting my French boyfriend in his home city- the man who is now my husband. We sat along the banks of the Seine for hours, taking refuge from the heat in her great shadow. Since then, I can’t… Read more

March 26, 2019

Following the post “6 Reasons to Stop Using the Word Shaman,” I decided to clarify some of the more controversial points of contention and add some fuel to this fiery but important discussion. I would also like to reiterate that I am not referencing the use of the word by indigenous people who identify themselves as shamans. Rather, I am targeting its use within the new age/pagan/witchcraft and academic communities of the Western traditions. Additionally, I am well aware that… Read more

March 11, 2019

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use the word shaman out of context. I see it as a huge problem within the pagan, witchcraft, and New Age communities as well as within academia for many reasons. Here is a list of six general problems that I have with how it’s used and why. Read more

March 4, 2019

What do you call someone who shows you that you don’t have to look elsewhere for magic? You call them a witch. -Timothy Morton Witchbody by Sabrina Scott, published by Red Wheel Weiser, was released this week. I don’t really have the words to explain how this book made me feel. I’ve read it three times in the past 2 weeks since I picked up a copy at Pantheacon. Scott manages to capture on words thoughts that I’ve had, things… Read more

March 2, 2019

The Spirit Pond Runestones are a set of three small stones that supposedly contain old Norse text. While they are little known today, they made quite the stir back in the 1970s when they were first discovered. Aside from the obvious historical implications provided they were authentic, these runestones are worth noting for the racist undertones present in their creation. The stones were ‘discovered’ in the small coastal town of Phippsburg in Sagadahoc County, Maine. It has a total area of… Read more

February 25, 2019

Whew! I can’t believe it’s already been a week since Pantheacon ended. As always, I had an amazing experience and was able to reconnect with so many people that I don’t get to see very often. I thought I’d share some of my highlights of the weekend with you: Thorn Mooney gave an excellent talk about Magical Journaling. I have really bad handwriting and have always struggled with this so it was really cool to hear her perspective. Basically, it’s… Read more

February 6, 2019

As a pagan and as an anthropology student, I spend a lot of time reading and analyzing historical texts. One major issue that arises quite often in my studies is the inevitable discrepancies that are found in the literary transcriptions of oral narratives. This topic is becoming increasingly relevant in a modern context because of the portrayal of indigenous peoples in ‘Western’ literature and as reconstructionist pagans seek to relearn the religious and spiritual practices of ancient peoples such as… Read more

January 28, 2019

Every year on February 2, news channels across the country broadcast from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (fun fact: I was born here) where Groundhog Phil emerges from his burrow to look for his shadow. While many people are only aware of this tradition because of the 1993 Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, there’s actually a lot more to this holiday than meets the eye. Its origins are quite old in fact and lie within the weather divination practices of our ancient pagan… Read more

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