Don’t Be an Expert Witch: Expertise, Advancement, and Small Ponds

How do you know when you’re an expert at something? Or when you really are “advanced” as a practitioner? For lots of us, we connect expertise to the ability to charge money for something, to when we can point to where others defer to us for our opinions, or to when we repeatedly find ourselves …

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Why I’m Still Wiccan

A friend recently remarked that they appreciated how, after all these years writing and creating videos online, and with all the changes that have taken place in witchcraft communities, I’ve never stopped identifying as Wiccan. It’s true that Wicca seems to be increasingly falling out of favor–for all kinds of reasons–and it’s also true that …

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Being Friends Outside of Circle: Perfect Love, Perfect Trust, and Power

My friend and fellow covenleader, Jason Mankey, wrote a blog recently about some of the signs that indicate that a coven is healthy. It’s a good article, and I was happy to be able to check off almost all of the items he includes. One, however, really struck me: Perfect Love and Trust Means Away from the …

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Starting Over: Rebuilding a Solitary Practice

This is a shoebox full of some of my first tools. I’ve written pretty extensively about the level of work that goes into running a coven. People have this romantic idea that it’s all about embodying magical adepthood, swooping around spouting profundities, and dispensing sage advice earned through years of hardened experience. All we have to …

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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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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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Everyone is Sort of Terrible: On Taking Breaks from Community Participation

Sometimes I really just don’t want to be around other Pagans. Part of it is my introverted personality. Part of it is the stress that just naturally comes along with running a group. And part of it is genuine irritation at the pettiness of other people, bringing out my own pettiness. There are times when …

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