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A type of practice: Playing with my tarot deck (1 of 4)

The world is being difficult right now. That is often true. It may be frivolous of me to be writing about simpler things but I wasn’t going to be writing about the difficult things so I may as well share what I have to share. […]

Tarot Games!

And now for something completely different! Years ago, when my friend Perlandria lived a couple blocks from me, the two of us regularly found ourselves making up games to play with Tarot cards, just the two of us, or with one or more of our […]

Blight, Fires, and Balor

As I write, fires rage out of control in Northern California not far from my former home. In the San Francisco Bay Area people wear masks because of the smoke, and air quality is more like what is common in Beijing and Delhi. Over the […]

Pragmatism and Outcomes-Oriented Religion

I’ve watched a lot of debates about cosmology and the nature of the Divine Mystery: between religions and within the Pagan umbrella.  It holds its own allure, I suppose, but I have never understood why people become so vehement about their own worldview or so […]

Smoke and Ancestors

There are ashes on my keyboard. They sifted in through the windows when I opened them to let out the smoke from a too-hot cooking pan a couple days ago. They came in when I opened the door to let my beloved in after a […]

What to do when your world is on fire

It’s apocalyptic here in the San Francisco Bay area. This is the second night where the haze from the fires from Sonoma County and Napa Valley has so obscured the sun in San Francisco that it is nothing but a red disk glowering at the […]

The Liminal Era: A Survival Guide

Some call these uncertain times.

You see, times really are changing. We can all feel it. We all feel the change deep within our bones … yes! We are living in interesting times. Things are moving from the collective unconscious to the conscious.

This is a liminal era.

Yet many fear it. For them change is an enemy. The enemy. People have become accustomed to their way of life, to the positions that they hold and the small powers that they grasp. Patterns are so deeply ingrained that they do not know how to cope with the shift. Change causes insecurity and anxiety. Suspicion and mistrust. Latent fear. And their fear may manifest in different ways….

Unicorn Magick

First, let me start out by saying – I love Unicorns! I have always loved them, and always will. My bedroom was wall papered in it as a child, I had dozens of figurines, and when the internet+colored printers became a thing, I spent hours […]

What “Love Languages” Have To Do With Devotional Practice

As a Ceremonial Magician, I am given to understand that ritual actions are supposed to mean something to the one who is performing them. I’m going to put forth what should not be a controversial opinion: devotion is about expressing love and commitment. When we talk about […]


My Diary

The Stream By finnchuill

I’m sitting on a bench, happy that the stream that has been dry lately, except for a few diminishing pools, the last hideout for the frogs, has water again. I met this stream last year, just about a year ago, and since walk along the ‘streamside trail’ frequently. Walking is a druidic practice for me. The land by the stream slowly opens itself to me. Small naio trees form an open grove about me.

My thoughts open to this: place is a kind of gnosis. A place slowly coalesces around me, around my body on a bench, in and out of my mind, my breathing, my perceptions. The stream is variant, diverse, sometimes hugely full, flowing up through small side channels, even taking out the little bridge one time last summer. Other times, all polished boulders, small puddles. Everything is volcanic here, water can percolate down into the earth easily, but up in the mountains it rains a lot, sending more water down. Such simple things, but so often ignored, such small things the place reveals.