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S. Rune Emerson

S. Rune Emerson

S. Rune Emerson has been practicing witchcraft and sorcery since the early 90's, and has been teaching since 2004. He is the founder of the Risting Tradition of American Witchcraft, which is a large title for a small local tradition based in Northern Nevada. He also heads a coven tradition called the Cabal of Nocturne, and works as a diviner at Pathways Spirit, a metaphysical shop in Reno.

He likes to describe his life as "extraordinarily simple." He is fond of observing that magic as a profession is the somewhat honest alternative to those of the same mindset as criminals- smart, lazy, and prone towards thinking outside the box, often in areas of questionable morality. He believes in a strong standard of accountability in magical practice, and has very strict ethics. He's also very opinionated about nearly everything.

Now, I know a lot of people like to tout Samhain as the pagan new year, but for me, my year always sort of starts on Imbolc.  I think of it as "time to make the doughnuts," in a way.  It marks the end of my hibernation.

This year in particular is going to be a very big one for me- it marks the biggest Witchcraft 101 class I've taught in ten years, and it also marks the last of that series I'll be teaching for a while.  For the last decade, I've dedicated myself to the education of witches in the basics, teaching everything from healing and conjuration to ritual practice and different models of deity work.

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Magic has been a part of my life since I was a kid.  When I was in first grade, my sister and I used to share our dreams, and hers were always eerily prophetic.  I had a couple of "invisible friends" in second grade who used to ferret out secrets from people and tell them to me.  We were the only kids who visited the "neighborhood witch," who was really just a nice lady with a really neat house and a fear of people.

The thing is, we grew up in an environment of sharing where magic was concerned.  It never occurred to us to hide it, because my mother encouraged us to be open and honest about our experiences.  She herself had grown up in a climate of silence about the uncanny, and she hated it, so she raised us differently.  The damage had been done where she was concerned, but she was determined not to have the same thing happen to us.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Enjoyed this a lot, Rune - especially the repeated maxim that "The problem with gnosis is, it's not truth. It's not meant to expl
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Oh, absolutely! I've got a few Tumblr friends who work with the Tolkien mythos as part of their practice. I'm a big fan of their

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Season's Greetings from the Geekomancer's desk, everyone! 

Now, I know this season is not always holly-jolly for everyone, sometimes thanks to religious issues or philosophical differences, sometimes due to more practical or emotional concerns.  That's why I thought it might be helpful to show you how this pop culture witch celebrates the Winter Solstice, in hopes that it will assist you in finding new and innovative ways to deal with this, the most (expletive) time of the year.

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Not too long ago, I worked a booth at a local anime convention, where we sold magically useful things for people who practice geekomancy.  I also read cards and dice from my various geek-centric magical traditions, and actually did really well.  I could wish every gig was that successful (although really I've had pretty great luck with events, to be honest).

Anyway, I was chatting with a friend of mine about it, and he brought up a question that I think he'd been meaning to ask me for a while.  We've been friends for a long time, studied quite a bit in the same vein, and he never really "got it."

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  • Victoria
    Victoria says #
    I'm a big time geek (heck my company makes video games) and I have thought about the idea of getting more geek in my magic. Now .
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    All the reasons you mentioned are true for me as well.
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Awesome!

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I told you all in my previous article on wands that they were my favorite tool, and I wasn't kidding.  I've always loved the idea of waving a wand and casting a spell.  I used to carry around wands, staves, and rods as a kid- some made of driftwood, some more ornate deals of crystal and metal.  It helps having a mother who was a sci-fi fan and also essentially pagan, when one is secretly training to become a first-class sorcerer and witch.  That was my ambition as a child, and honestly I'm rather happy with how things turned out.

But I digress- the point is, I've had wands of all shapes and sizes since I was very young.  And one thing always used to drive me crazy about them.

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Magicians don't curse people often enough anymore.

Now now, I know that's a controversial and possibly alarming opinion, but bear with me.

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  • ursula
    ursula says #
    Very well said and well written. I love the perspective as a whole and especially the analogy of Ereshkigal's hook.... this whole

This week has been very busy here in Geek Central, NV.  Pokemon X and Y just came out, and three of us have been exploring the wild world of strange talking animals for quite a while.  This isn't actually terribly unique, considering that six months out of the year, there's a heavy amount of obsession over My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

In this house, a geeky obsession is more than a sudden-and-inevitable commitment of time and finances.  It's a chance at initiation into some of the magicks of the world.

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