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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Tiny Gem

The Gods always surprise you when you’re not looking; I sometimes liken this to being struck with a cattle prod when you least expect it. With Queen Maeve, that seems to perpetually be the case. I remember I was sitting down, crocheting — and I […]

On Falling in Love

For a long time, whenever I wanted to talk about the experience of conversion when I found Kemeticism, I talked about falling in love. It wasn’t just “Oh, this religious concept works for me,” it was a passionate thing, an overwhelming thing, that sense where […]

Chronic Pain and Devotion

How can we honor our gods and our spirituality when we can barely get out of bed? When chronic pain and illness affect your religion. Today’s a little worse than normal. On top of the usual pains that comprise my existence, I woke up with […]

All Paths Do Not Lead To The Same Destination

Two guys are drinking in a bar. One turns to the other and says, “Hey, are you going to Saint Mary’s for Mass this Easter?” The second guy replies, “No, I’m an Atheist.” Says the first guy, “Well, I never heard of that one. But […]

Grief as a Holy Offering

The rivers are rough right now; the seas are high. The dams have broken, and all the lakes have emptied. Over the past few weeks, I’ve experienced profound connection coupled with astounding rootedness punctuated by loss–the deaths of Beloveds–precipitating violent heavings of emotions, like so […]

Yosemite National Park 12

River detail below Bridal Veil falls.