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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Deborah Castellano’s Dark Arts List Five (Once More With Feeling)

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  • Raheli EverydayMagicPodcast
    Raheli EverydayMagicPodcast says #
    This is a great balanced view. Sometimes a more moderate path can be effective rather than proclaiming D.U.M.E on someone. I think
  • Lee Pike
    Lee Pike says #
    Yes! THIS!! It is all about weaving effective magic. I want all of the witchlets on pagan Tumblr to read this.

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Driving my debt

With a mix of emotions both rich and deep, I spent the waning hours of 2013 acquiring a new automobile.  It's been ten years since I have bought a car, and I still think that 179,794 miles is only a fraction of what my Civic Hybrid is capable of driving, bought the deed is done, and now I can savor the many feelings it has evoked.

  • A few days in, the overwhelming winner is joy.  My new bug is just three years old, handles like a dream, and makes me feel safer and more confident on the road.
  • Sadness that I am parting company with a machine that has been with me for longer than any other comes a close second.
  • Then there's relief that I got out of the negotiation and credit process intact.  It's still possible to buy a car without credit, but it's becoming less and less common.
  • Let's not forget the angst over getting a vehicle that gets slightly worse gas mileage.
  • Countering that is the happiness that comes from giving my old car to a loved one, improving his life and keeping it out of the landfill.
  • And of course, there's apprehension over this $12,000 of debt I have brought into my life.
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I like that I look like a slightly shy serial killer here.

(Warning!  Contains some Sleep No More minor spoilers)

I was doing the thing I swore I would never do.  I was already covered in someone else’s blood, there was grave yard dirt in my ballet flats, the taste of tears in my mouth and I was gingerly feeling around a dead goat, getting goat’s hair all over me.  O Hecate.  You and your damned ring quest.

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Everyone loves to trade early Occultist/Pagan stories.  The corrupt teachers!  The Chthonic beings you summoned just because you could before you could even hold an anthame!  Ostracization for petty crimes committed in your youth!  In fighting!  Coven drama!  Sexism!  Racism!  Getting your car keyed!  Illicit sex with elders and barely legals!

 

Oh it’s just so scandalous and juicy!  I love hearing all of it!

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    Gathering in our circles to celebrate the Gods and to promote fertility has been an important part of the survival of our clans an
  • Deborah Castellano
    Deborah Castellano says #
    As I lean more towards not having children than having children, I have to say I don't really feel like I've missed anything to be

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 “Made the decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Step Three of Alcoholics Anonymous

 

“We now honor our connection with the divine, as we understand it, and we accept the process of change.” Step Three of The Spiral Steps

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  • Patrick Califia
    Patrick Califia says #
    I wanted to thank you for this whole series. I have been struggling in a 12-step program in the Deep South. I am the only pagan. M
  • Melanie Swaim
    Melanie Swaim says #
    Thank you. You said a lot of great things here and in your column. I really appreciate the insight that this is about there bein
  • Melanie Swaim
    Melanie Swaim says #
    This is where I am with this process. I am struggling to know how much of my will, choices, etc. is given over to a Higher Power.

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