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As promised, I'm writing on the subject of wands.  Sort of.

So throughout the series of Harry Potter, they drop little hints of what they later call "wandlore" for our consideration; wanding woods and wand cores, length and how bendy or firm it is (to be honest, none of them looked terribly bendy in the movies), eventually even getting into things like Priori Incantatum and wand loyalties.

The interesting thing for me is the dichotomy they demonstrate- the wands have their own power, but so does a wizard, regardless of their wand.  Wandless spells, nonverbal spells, and strange magical abilities such as those possessed by Seers, Metamorphmagi, and Animagi.

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    G. B. Harte says #
    Energy. Perhaps I am just having another very-quiet 'fuzz-out' day but is it even possible to have 'energy/energies' (of whatever
  • S. Rune Emerson
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    Precisely- "energy" is either an adjective or a noun, a descriptor or a subject! As to your other questions- The "Atlantean Powe
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    Thank you for your post. I tend to experience relationship with most things we call objects and try to be mindful of our collabora

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Meditations on Hávamál, 27-30


Ósnotr maðr,
er með aldir kemr,
þat er bazt, at hann þegi;
engi þat veit,
at hann ekki kann,
nema hann mæli til margt;
veit-a maðr,
hinn er vettki veit,
þótt hann mæli til margt.

The unwise man

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Not Black, White, Or Gray


My friend Rebecca, asked me to write a blog about good and evil from a Pagan perspective. As the owner of the metaphysical shop, I have customers that come from a variety of belief systems, and often a part of their questions or discussions relate to good and evil. More often than not, these terms are used by people that follow one of the Abrahamic paths. I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked if I believe in good and evil. What I can give you is one Pagan's perspective on good and evil and why I rarely use the terms.


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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you, beautifully written. It's a discussion I have with folk all the time as well and your language and clarity are helpful.

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Yes, the title of this article is a Harry Potter reference.  It should come as no surprise to anyone who's read this blog much at all that a number of my friends and I are diehard Harry Potter fans.  Of all the wands I own (and there are a LOT, I'm sort of obsessed with the things), my favorite is an Alivans Ebony wand.  And yes, I do use it for real magic- I find it hard not to.

Amongst the local pagan community, we often joke about "waiting for that Hogwarts letter," and we regularly ask each other what House we belong to, occasionally resorting to testing each other with quizzes if we're uncertain.  I even have a pointy black hat that I use when we're playing around- not only is it terribly fashionable (and I wear it everywhere), but it's useful as a focus object during these games, which are about 50% silly and 50% serious consideration.

I bring this up tonight because it seemed pertinent to me.  I've observed a lot of contention and strife in the online and local community lately, and I thought I might offer something of an understanding I've come to in recent years.

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  • Áine
    Áine says #
    Wonderful post - particularly as I too am a Slytherin. As a fellow Potter nut I've always found the four houses to be a fascinati
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Thank you, Áine! I pretty much felt the same- particularly when I started recognizing references Jo Rowling used in her books. I
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says # says that I'm Hufflepuff, too. Fun stuff! (Of course some

Earlier this week The Wild Hunt blog featured a report on CoG’s recently concluded MerryMeet/Grand Council, complete with photos of the new National Board.  What a change from my day!

There was a time when Witches (and Wiccans) kept deep within the broom closet, for all manner of reasons, most involving fear of discrimination at work, school, or housing.

I remember the first MerryMeet held on the East Coast in the mid-eighties, at Rowe Camp & Conference Center in Massachusetts.  That was when I first met some of the wonderful folks at the then-Northeast Local Council: folks from NECTW, EarthSpirit, and the then-Lone Star LC from Texas, among many others.  At that MerryMeet I saw my first tea dance.  It seemed to have a very New York flavor, especially with BrightShadow[1] in leathers. 

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  • Robert Scott
    Robert Scott says #
    Well put, and thank you for sharing.
  • Richard Daley
    Richard Daley says #
    We can only hope that this trend continues.

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