It is common wisdom in the pagan community that "The best Magick is that which you make yourself." For those of you who are new to the path or have simply never heard that phrase before, I will explain: The phrase has at least two distinct meanings. The first is simple and follows the same... Continue Reading →
In the past I have been asked my opinion on people who are prominent names in Pagan society. Not too long ago, I got a request I knew would come eventually and always feared that I wouldn't be prepared for, so I decided to answer it with a blog post. That being said, let us... Continue Reading →
The Most Dangerous Thing in Magick
What is the most dangerous thing in magick? Some of the ritual components? Some of the gods you may work with? Some of the PEOPLE you may work with? Maybe the knives etc involved? It's simple, really. None of the above. The most dangerous thing in Magick is bad information. Bad information can lead you... Continue Reading →
Lighting The Shadows I: Color Magick
Today I begin something I've been considering for a long time. I'm going to take pages from my own personal Book of Shadows (which I define differently than most people do) and turn it into the blog version of a lecture. Because I'm slightly...let's say nervous...I'll start out modestly with the kind of thing that... Continue Reading →
In Memory: Yana
This is absolutely disgusting. The fact that things like this continue to this day is inexcusable for ANY culture.
Pagan Newswire Collective - Minnesota Bureau
I’m at a loss for how to write this obituary, this tribute to a life lost so horribly. The usual forms a reporter uses won’t work in this situation. I don’t know her birth date or the exact day she died, and because I don’t want to put others in harm’s way in Syria, I can’t even use her real name.
What I do know is that this is the last email I received from Yana in June of 2012.
I know she lived in an area of Syria where the fighting was intense and foreign fighters, allied with local Sunni fundamentalists, had taken over the adjoining area. When she, like other Pagans in the area, no longer responded to attempts at communication, I hoped she had fled with her family or was staying quiet to avoid detection. She told me the rebels were targeting women and she was especially afraid they would find…
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A Musing on Accents
This isn't political or religious, just something I've thought about today. So once again I'm going to put on my "it's my blog I do what I want" hat and talk about something completely off topic. Accents are quite an interesting concept to think about. I grew up in South Dakota, West River (we pronounce... Continue Reading →
The Order of the Ordained
As some of you may know, I'm an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. If I wanted to I could set up a ministry and begin preaching whatever good word I see fit 100% legally. Oh and there's something in there about marriages and funerals too. Thing is, not only am I ordained twice (I'll get to that... Continue Reading →
A Little Sanity, If You Please.
Since I seem to be the only pagan in the world who hasn't said SOMETHING about this, I figured I'd talk about the "Fox and Friends" situation. For those of you that don't know, a few days ago Tucker Carlson and the other two talking bobbleheads that host the Fox News Channel show "Fox &... Continue Reading →
Why I Choose to be Heathen
There are two things that this title refers to. First is the obvious, a question I get asked a LOT, "Why do you believe as you do?" The second is mostly semantic, referring to the reason that I chose the term Heathen over Pagan, Ásatrú, or any of the other various terms used by followers... Continue Reading →
A Return to a Common Complaint
I can't believe I have to write another article addressing News Agencies. I honestly thought that I had discussed nearly every gripe I could possibly have against the News. I was wrong. That being said, here goes nothing. Dear News Agencies; It has come to my attention that many of you consider morality to mean... Continue Reading →