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Popular subjects in contemporary Pagan culture and practice.

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Sometimes Healing Energy Is Not Enough: Michael Brown, Civil Unrest and Our Ugly Present

Please note that this is a sensitive topic and needs to be discussed with care. Please reference my guidelines for sensitive topic discussion.

 

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A World of Trees and the World Tree

One of my homework assignments for my shaman class was to talk to a tree.  That is, go stand next to or sit under or hug a tree and let it speak to you in your mind.  Commune with the tree. 

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Interstice: Appropriation Looks Like This

This is just a quick, interstitial post about a thing I found online today. The attached meme tells us that the word 'tenalach' is Irish and 'describes a relationship one has with the land, air and water, a deep connection that allows one to literally hear the Earth sing'.

According to my Irish dictionary and the researches of several Irish-speaking commenters on the original post, this word does not exist in the language. In fact, it violates a basic principle of Irish spelling.

Folks, this is what cultural appropriation looks like. It matters less that the spiritual concept is gorgeous and fulfilling than it does that Irish language and culture were inappropriately overlaid upon it to lend it legitimacy. Irish deserves better than that and so do the people who speak it.

 

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    This reminds me of the 1990s when a long poem about saving the environment attributed wrongly to Chief Sealth (the guy that Seattl
  • C.S. MacCath
    C.S. MacCath says #
    Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I agree it's best to object to these sorts of things whenever we see them, both for the sak

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Checking Dicks at the Door

It was the year of the great Transsexual Panic at Pantheacon. The politics of sex, gender, and identity were very much in the air.

That summer Sparky T. Rabbit, Frebur Moore, and I finally decided to put together for PSG the men's ritual we'd always wanted to attend. From this was born the Rite of the God-Pole, an adoration of the Divine Masculine.

And of course, in that atmosphere, the issue arose: who's invited, who isn't?

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I think that the laws of hospitality, that immemorial pagan virtue, apply to ritual as well as any other situation. If you're thro
  • Constance Tippett Chandler
    Constance Tippett Chandler says #
    I agree. But as a solitary, what was all the ruckus about Z having just women is her circle? Was it because it was a public space
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    From what I understand the controversy over Z's circle has more to do with her opposition to letting transwomen participate in Dia
  • Constance Tippett Chandler
    Constance Tippett Chandler says #
    Just asking a question..... what do you think of women born women groups? It seems like such an explosive subject. Greybeard?
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    A powderkeg issue for sure, Constance! My opinion (for what it's worth) is that private groups have (and ought to have) a right t
Angels and Magick--the Perspectives of Two Very Different Witches

This is an excerpt from the brand new Kindle book I just co-wrote and released with Ellen Dugan, Every Witch Way: Spells and Advice from Two Very Different Witches. In it, we explore different sides of a number of issues, including Angels and Magick. The first piece is written by, and appears courtesy of, Ellen Dugan - the second is by me!

Go Carefully My Friend (by Ellen Dugan)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_zodiac.jpgWe need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac.  The zodiac is well worth flirting with.  ~D.H. Lawrence

I find that a lot of people shy away from astrology because they believe it is based on incorrect astronomy, and so cannot possibly give accurate information. Perhaps they’ve seen a video by Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson taking about how the constellations don’t line up with the signs anymore, and that pesky “extra” constellation (or two). Unfortunately, both Nye and Tyson are clearly ignorant about astrology — a great deal more ignorant than most astrologers are about astronomy. We are not only fully aware of the positions of the constellations, the precession of the equinoxes and the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun (OK, I’ll try to tone back the sarcasm) but astrology is divided into two major branches based on how we deal with the constellations (groupings of stars) and the precession of the equinoxes.

I’m not going to address the different types of sidereal astrology, of which Vedic astrology is one. Sidereal astrology carefully makes allowances for the precession of the equinoxes, because it works with the positions of the signs relative to the constellations. I’m going to explain the basis of Western astrology, a tropical astrology, which determines the position of the signs relative to the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth. I find that a number of astrology students worry about learning the “technical” side, but while the math of astrology can get complex, the basic astronomy really isn’t very difficult to understand, and understanding it will give you considerably more insight into the craft than you could possibly have without it. So I encourage you to take a deep breath and jump into the learning — I’ll make this as easy as possible. Ready? OK, let’s start.

Meanwhile, back on Earth…

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The Golden Moth Illumination Deck Review

Have you ever bought a Tarot deck as "a couple"?  

If you haven't, here's what happens 90% of the time: You both get really excited about the deck, both decide you're going to use it for every divination evar and your life will now become magically perfect.  It's like trying on a new outfit at a store when you feel like your life is a reoccurring series of disasters.  You start imagining your new life and how wonderful and amazing it's going to be now that you have this new outfit.  

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