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Um Is Not an Answer!

Whenever a witness on my beloved Judge Judy starts hemming and hawing about a question they don't want to answer, she always barks, Um is not an answer!  But sometimes?  It kind of is.

I always assume that everyone who reads me is a psycho in the same way.  You know what you want, you know how to get it, you just need a kick in the ass to get it.  But then I look at people I actually know and I realize that not everyone knows what they want in the micro or macro.  For example, I thought I'd be writing books about hearth witchery.  It turns out though that writing recipe based pieces (such as my Llewellyn annuals work) is incredibly tedious for me.  I don't mind it for the annuals, but a whole book?  I'd run away to New Orleans with no forwarding address a lot faster than I would be likely to actually finish it.  I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was eight, but what I actually write about depends on who's paying, like most artists.  I've written smut, I've written about camping (despite loathing it) and camping equipment, I've written about miniature goat farming.  I prefer the smut and the witchy over content writing, but I would do content work again if I had to and I would love to write Young Adult.  But I spent several years working to pave my way into hearth witchery, to the point that it was the first proposal my editor had from me.  She wanted it to be witchier and I said, I can do that but can I pitch a few other things first?  We can come back if you don't like any of it.  She picked up glamour and here we are.  I love hearth based witchcraft, but I'm passionate about glamour. 

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Adorn the Dead with Roses

(image: Two hands in black and white cupping the bloom of a deep red rose)

I had tentatively started a post on the Roman months of May and June being filled with rose festivals and how the adornment of roses and violets marked both life and death in the Roman world during the months of May through mid-July. I was mentally filling this essay with how we could all stop to honor our Beloved Dead in the summer with roses and all the historical bits I could yank out of my tumbling, sometimes foggy mind.

And then on June 12th, while I drank my coffee, the news filtered in that there had been a mass shooting in Orlando.

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The Other Rede

The baby bird is lying broken on the ground, dying. Its parents, perhaps detecting some weakness in it, have pushed it out of the nest.

Clearly, it's suffering. What do you do?

“Don't do what you want to do,” wrote Robert Cochrane, father of the contemporary Old Craft movement. “Do what needs to be done.”

Cochrane is critiquing the Wiccan Rede here. “Do what you want to do” is his sneering version of “Do what ye will.”

Old Craft ethic is different from Wicca's. It's tribal at heart, concerned with life together and the obligations that social existence entails.

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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    I also find Judy Harrow's "Exegesis on the Wiccan Rede" to be of considerable interest. You might too. http://www.sacred-texts.com
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Oh, gosh, I think the Wiccan Rede is vastly more complex than "do what you want". "An' it harm none, do as you will" requires a
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Diotima. I agree that Cochrane's reading doesn't even begin to plumb the depths; Cochrane had a k

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My Priestess Journey to Simplicity

A year ago my family pilgrimaged and moved back to the small town that I grew up in. The vision that we had as we prepared for our move was a simplified life that included a lot of family, less work, and lot's of open country side.

 

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  • Molly
    Molly says #
    Very much enjoyed this. Thank you!
Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, June 16

We take a look at some of the places where wildlife continues to thrive. Doctors consider a new solution to diabetes. And futurists imagine how the cities of the future may be greener and better. It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Part I. ended with the observation monotheism seems to have an innate proclivity to violence and it has inspired some of the most noble people in history. It asked “Why?”

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Mr. DiZerega, I have to say that I agree with everything you've written. Many times it has occurred to me that Allah, Yahweh, and
Why Public Hexing Could Actually be Good Publicity

Frankly, I think it's the best publicity that we've had in years.

The recent cyber-hexing of a convicted (but, some would say, under-sentenced) college rapist has generated both an unwonted flurry of interest in the mainstream press and a firestorm of controversy within the Craft itself.

Much of the criticism that I've seen (and heard) has centered, interestingly, not on whether or not hexing is ethical, but on whether or not it's good press to talk about it in public.

And I'm going to contend that it may well be.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    My thanks to everyone who took the time and thought to comment on this very important topic. Regardless of where one comes down on
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Wonderfully provocative post, as usual, Steve. I don't concern myself much with karma because it seems like the Xian notion of
  • Christopher Crittenden
    Christopher Crittenden says #
    It should not be taboo to talking about cursing in general, but if you publicly claim to curse a specific person, and something ba
  • Wendilyn Emrys
    Wendilyn Emrys says #
    There is nothing that says one cannot ask a Goddess or a God to deliver proper retribution upon a wrongdoer. That is not cursing,
  • Ali Art
    Ali Art says #
    I am all for self-empowerment. Particularly as this relates to females who live in a world where rape culture is so prevalent. H

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