When Communities Break

I’m watching various dramas unfold in my Pagan life right now, mostly having to do with community: A popular YouTuber converted (remember when that happened to a popular writer a few years ago?). Two Pagan Pride events in my state imploded. My conversations with peers are increasingly turning to “this new aesthetic, social-media-witchcraft that’s so …

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Five Things I Wish I’d Known as a Beginner

I make it a habit to go back regularly though some of my Craft journals and revisit my own progress. It can be really embarrassing at points, but I always learn something. Out of every magical item I’ve ever acquired, these journals are my most valuable. I can only hope that someday, whoever inherits them …

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Alabama and Reflections on Alex Mar’s Witches of America

I’m in Alabama for Thanksgiving, hanging out with my parents, running, writing, and sleeping more than I usually do. Oliver always makes the drive with me, and it’s funny watching him interact with my mother’s three cats, who are comparatively huge and fancy (long-haired, Persian, flat-faced, totally uncivilized despite whatever she says about them). Oliver …

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Too Busy to Witchcraft

So I’ve been woefully absent, my friends, as you may have noticed. On top of work and my regular adulting regiment I’m now back in school working on a teaching certificate in secondary education so that I can start promoting witchcraft in public schools because the children are our future. Things are good, but I’m tired all …

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How to Find and Join a Coven

Being a Seeker I’m yet to see any comprehensive guides to seeking in traditional Wicca. Most of the books on the market cater to solitary practitioners (who’ve been in the majority for quite some time now, if popular books and the Pagan Census are any indication), and the rest tend toward do-it-yourself democratic models for groups of friends. Both …

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How to Spot a Terrible Coven

Any time I write about ritual nudity, conversation about the downsides of group work always ensues. Nudity and sexuality are touchy subjects because there’s a lot of room for abuse, power-tripping, etc. When I write as a proponent of skyclad practice (and magical sexiness generally)—when I describe the emotional and magical benefits within my own tradition …

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Drawing Lines: Musings on Categories, Labels, and Representation

I spend a lot of time thinking about representation in witch communities. I’m in the process of writing another essay in response to the Patheos prompt, “What good is [your] religion?” In doing so, I’m struggling with representation, boundaries, boxes, and labels even more than usual. So consider this a lead-in (and check out other posts already …

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