June 23, 2022

"It's what we owe the past. What we owe those who invented speech, writing, mathematics, music, democracy; our debt to the discoverers of coffee, tea, beer, wine, the lever, electricity. We can't pay them royalties on their discoveries, so we pay them forward, our user's fee for civilization." Read more

April 28, 2022

Be wild. Disrespect convention. Steal ideas, steal fire from the gods, steal the gods themselves. Because the miraculous thing about these sort of "thefts" is that they don't take anything anyway from anyone. Read more

February 22, 2022

I think the first time I encountered the word "techno-pagan" was in the late 1990s, in Nancy Lebovitz's calligraphic button catalog. But when I saw that, immediately, I was like, "hey -- that's me!" And it's not just me. Any gathering of Pagan folk is likely to have a disproportionate percentage of STEM folks. Read more

January 8, 2022

As I was thinking about the new year, the word that came to mind is "shifting". It's a word with several meanings useful to the time: to move; to manage to get along or succeed by one's self; to get along by indirect, expedient, or evasive means; to change; to put something aside and replace it. Read more

December 18, 2021

Perhaps when we wish each other "Happy Holidays" in recognition of the number of festivals which occur around the Winter Solstice (remember, axial tilt is the reason for the season!), we should include Thirteenth Amendment Day in that list. Read more

November 20, 2021

Dumped into a riot zone by our pathetic-in-the-inadequate-sense mental health care system, unable to obtain medication that might have helped stabilize him, without even a place to stay the night, perhaps Rosenbaum lost himself in an external chaos matching his inner one. Read more

October 27, 2021

You can't solve the halting problem, you can't make someone love you, and you can't make those you love do what's best for them. And there is a freedom in knowing this. A sadness too; but in the long run even more sadness -- and anger and guilt -- results when we believe we can do the impossible, and fail. Read more

September 23, 2021

In traditional East Asian medicine, autumn is the season associated with Metal in the "Five Elements" or "Five Phases" (wu xing). Metal is the element of pruning, of letting go and cutting away; of grief and of courage. But my inspiration for this sigil is more personal that the turning of the seasons. Read more

August 1, 2021


Star Wars is heavily influenced by the mythology of the samurai; and the philosophy of the samurai was Zen. And one of the most important figures in the history of Zen was Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch, who gave Zen much of its distinctive flavor, and who is famously painted tearing up a sutra, one of the sacred texts of Buddhism. Read more

July 28, 2021


Dionysus can take you places and give you power and freedom if you respect him and work carefully with him and are fortunate. But he will f**k you up without a second thought if you are not careful. Or sometimes even just at random, if you happen to rub him the wrong way. Read more


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