Month: July 2017

Cycles of research

I spent last weekend not getting much done. Not for want of things on my to-do list. I have 118 things in my writing topics list – and that doesn’t count another two lists at home. A long-term research project I’ve been circling around getting […]

“From the Gods to Divination”, Walking the Worlds 3.2 (Summer 2017), 16-22.

This summer’s issue of Walking the Worlds is out and is all about divination. It features a short piece from me called “From the Gods to Divination” (although my name is spelled with a ‘v’, I’ve always thought the ‘ph’ looks more distinguished 😛 ), wherein I attempt to […]

The Mermaid’s Pool: A Water Memoir

The only place I don’t feel monstrous is in the water. I am nine years old. I am overweight, clumsy, and taunted mercilessly at school. I have recently developed asthma, and struggle to breathe. My classmates call me “Larda” or “The Congested Rat” – they […]

On Bowing Out by Ember Cooke

Last week, the Vanic Conspiracy held our seasonal Trance Devotional ritual. We try to hold these whenever there is a 5th Friday in a month, which happens about 4 times a year. It’s a very convenient interval for honoring a strongly seasonally-influenced pantheon. I believe […]

Tar-oh!

In the latest issue of Witches & Pagans, there was a short article from professional tarot reader Witch Hazel. While the article was on how to approach cards with negative connotations like Death or Devil in a way that isn’t intimidating, that’s not what I […]

Slipping Out Into the Mythic by Finnchuill

You take off your armor, you run in the forest, or drop naked into the sea, letting go of your rational self, even if for minutes only. You had discoveries while out there, senses you didn’t know you had, or impossible communications. Or maybe it’s […]

phases by Irisanya

I don’t know what to say since my mother died in April, but there are words in every crevice of my life. There are ways to create signposts that alert me to what’s happened and no direction to what happens next. I know that something […]

The Poison Dress

Who doesn’t love an urban legend? Here’s one that’s as creepy as it is mystical. The Poison Prom The story goes that a beautiful young woman set out for prom night wearing an impossibly gorgeous dress that she got for a bargain. It fits perfectly. […]

3 things for better teaching (and better learning) by Jenett Silver

One of the things I love about teaching is figuring out how a given group of people’s reacting to what I’m teaching on that day. There’s plenty that’s challenging about this, of course, but I love seeing what examples work, which topics get a lot […]

Hail the Tech Spirits! by Ember Cooke

Aha! Finally, I have a working desktop computer again! That took weeks longer than I expected it to. It’s been a bit of a rough couple of months for me, tech-wise. My tablet screen shattered. My desktop computer video card died. My phone battery started […]