December 2, 2018

I woke up yesterday morning to the news that President Bush — the first President Bush — had died. The NPR reporter told a story about how Bush the First had told her that the happiest time of his life was not his Presidency or his campaign, but when he returned from World War II and was going back to school, with his wife and son at home waiting for him. I’m sure the hearts of the ghosts of the estimated 13,000 Iraqi civilians who died in Gulf War I and the 70,000 who died in its aftermath were suitably warmed by this tale of domestic bliss. Read more

November 29, 2018

Deities are either invented, created, or discovered. And that is a process of story-telling. We invent them in our stories, or create them via our stories, or we spread the discovery of them through our stories. Stories make gods. Read more

November 18, 2018

For those of us in the business of unusual religious practices, the fortieth anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre is a good opportunity to pause and reflect on how we protect against dangerous cultish behavior. And to contemplate how movements that seem to have noble ends can end up deadly authoritarian nightmares. Read more

November 11, 2018

What we owe our veterans is not some “thank you for your service” platitude. What we owe them is a deep apology and compensation for the way our government has used the lives of men and women as geopolitical tools for the benefit of our ruling classes. Read more

November 5, 2018

It is ironic and problematic that this style of republic, structured from the start to restrict democracy and preserve the power of the wealthy, has become synonymous with “democracy” in modern conversation. In general, your vote matters little. That’s how the system was designed from the start. But we won’t get better if we don’t exercise the tiny capacity we do have. Read more

October 29, 2018

What if we thought of the veil between the worlds not as a separation between our physical realm and a realm made out of some more rarefied substance but as the boundary between the ordinary view of reality and that fuller view which sees that "form is emptiness, emptiness is form&quot, as the Heart Sutra puts it? Read more

October 28, 2018

A few years ago, I was of the opinion that anti-Semitism was something we’d gotten past in this country. Sadly, I was wrong. Read more

October 20, 2018

As we drum and dance and support each other around the fire, we sort of lift each other up by the bootstraps. Which is of course impossible, a logical contradiction, but such is the nature of magick. Read more

October 15, 2018

The sort of King we are speaking of here truly “reigns but does not rule”; he does not command, he is not a conqueror. Instead the King is the conduit of blessings for his people. Read more

September 28, 2018

Kavanaugh’s defenders say “he’s not that sort of man”. But we would have said the same about Cosby when he was at the height of both his rape career and his acting one. If we can see that someone is “that sort of man”, he won’t have the opportunity to commit rapes. Read more

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