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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Chest of Tools

It's the question always asked of the witch.

If your magic is so powerful, then why are they hanging you?

When things go wrong in your own life, you may well have asked yourself much the same question.

If I'm such a powerful witch and all, then why is my life such a mess?

Well, as they say, sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't.

But that's to miss the point.

When they gave us the Craft, the gods never promised that life would be easy.

They never said that there would be no hardship.

In fact, they gave us the Craft precisely because they foresaw that there would be hardship. Hardship, alas, there will always be.

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  • John Zelasko
    John Zelasko says #
    There is a saying in Zen that goes something like this: Before enlightenment - haul water, chop wood. AFTER enlightenment - haul w
  • Chris Moore
    Chris Moore says #
    That's a big chest of tools, depending on whom you ask. What tools of the Craft are the most needed, here and now?
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Athame, chalice, and pentacle. Ha, ha: just joking. Three come to immediate mind, and of course they're all powers/strategies of t
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    In Medicine Wheel by Sun Bear the Author says he is not interested in any philosophy that doesn't grow corn. Witchcraft grows the
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    If I can't charm warts, I don't want to be part of the revolution.

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Summertime, and the Living is Easy

I’ve had a bit of writer’s block the past several weeks. I was doing fine till just before Beltane, and then…nothing.

 

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Rename the Falls of 'Saint' Anthony Now

Minneapolis, the capital city of Paganistan, has the great good fortune to be home to two sacred waterfalls.

The better-known of the two is Minnehaha Falls, on Minnehaha Creek as it approaches the Mississippi River. This year for the seventh year running, the local pagan community will process to the Falls and make the traditional offerings to her as we kick off our annual Pagan Pride celebration.

The other is the falls on the Mississippi River in the heart of what is now downtown Minneapolis. (In fact, the city of Minneapolis was originally sited where it is precisely because of the falls.) This is the Mississippi's only waterfall; it loomed so large in local lore that in Dakota the Great River itself is known as Hahawakpa, “the river of the falls (haha).” In the whirlpool at the waterfall's foot lived Wanktehi, god of waters.

In 1682 Belgian explorer and missionary Louis Hennepin “named” the falls for his patron saint, Anthony of Padua. They've borne this imposed name ever since.

Well, it's time and high time to lose this imperialist name, which has absolutely nothing to do with the falls themselves.

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Title: Jeremiah Jones: Cowboy Sorcerer

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    Is it just me, or does this have "Netflix series" written all over it?

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You Are Glamour.

So, I'm going to a sexy fun event tonight with a few of my girls.  As usual, I am barking at them about if they got their tickets, if their outfits are in order and what kind of pizza they want.  One of my girls is a Young, so she's like still just shy of rolling into work wearing the party clothes from the night before, so she was fine on what she wanted to wear.  The other two girls are my age and have busy careers and don't often get to go to sexy, fun events and didn't know what they wanted to wear to said SFE.  There was much twibbling and nail biting.   They were both a bit afraid that I would dress them as fairy princesses because I am a fairy princess femme myself.  I gave orders to one girl and gave her Lea Delaria as her new style icon and the second girl I told her to bring a bunch of stuff and we'd figure it out.

The thing is, what to wear sounds like a shallow issue but it's not.  I know a lot of people who stop themselves from going to events because they feel they won't look like everyone else or they have to dress in drag in order to attend.  It causes anxiety, it causes insecurity, it causes self doubt and sometimes even tears.  It's kind of a big deal when it gives this kind of reaction.  

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Gods and Bodies

Possibly the most disquieting sentence that I've ever read opens Robert Graves' retelling of one of the Greek myths:

One day Mother Earth was visiting Athens.*

Say what?

Also up there on my list of theological “What-duh-f**k?” moments is Isaac Bonewits' “Invocation to the Earth Mother”:

Thou Whom the Druids call Danu,

Come unto us.

Thou Who art Erde of the Germans,

Come unto us.

Thou Whom the Slavs call Ziva,

Come unto us....*

 

Half a mo here. We're calling Earth to come to us?

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  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Exactly.
Thirteen Things to Do with Giant Zucchini

Gods help us, it's that time of year again.

Wait one day too long, and watch those tender little fingerlings balloon overnight to forearm-sized (if not thigh-sized) behemoths. What to do?

 

Hollow them out for snake o' lanterns.

Play Harvest Softball with zucchini and green tomatoes.

Carve wooden shoes.

Float them in lakes and let people worry about alligators.

Make a dugout canoe.

Build a raft.

Bomb Raqqa.

Raise one as a Maypole.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Fifteen!
  • Haley
    Haley says #
    Build a zucchini man to burn for the fields. Recreate your very own Tower of Babel.

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