Tag: Diana Rajchel

Pagan Organizing: The Mystery of Finding a Meeting Place

This series covers best practices in Pagan organizing. Much of the material draws from sources outside of Pagan or other religious spheres. The author has applied the techniques in real life, with real life Pagan organizations and found them effective. To make the most of […]

Pagan organizing: don’t sweat the ones that never show

Time and again I’ve listened to frustrated event organizers. “Our membership list has 200 people, but we only get 10 people to show up on a good day!” I have also seen them hack at this issue, demanding people commit to attendance, pay admission fees […]

Here’s the taboo I’m breaking in 2019: talking about Pagans and how they (don’t) organize

It’s taken awhile for some clarity to coalesce with this blog. Sometimes the problem comes from my private life, other times from my fears of my own inadequacies. Finally a small vision has formed, one where I have something helpful to say: I am damn […]

By Request: Magic for a bad boss

Something must have been in the stars awhile back and whatever it was it did not like life in the office. I have had at least four people close to me come to me for magic to handle professional issues – and almost every client […]

7 tools of witchcraft never listed in a grimoire

When most witches begin their practice, there’s a scramble for the tools of esoteria. We take our time to gather incense burners, just the right candles, our athames, bollines, and swords – and we love these shinies. They brigthen our lives and spirits. As practice […]

15 Ways to Make Your Pagan Gatherings and Organizations Better

In 2014, when I first moved to the Bay Area, I attended two Samhain rituals: one in Palo Alto, and the ubiquitous Reclaiming Spiral Dance. I had little to no history with the Pagans of the Bay: a Pagan Newswire Collective contact here, the casually […]

HOW abuse hurts people – a few words before Pantheacon

Horrifying behaviors that should be indisputable that I still routinely see excused in the Pagan community and beyond: Any sexuality with a child AT ALL. If they’re not old enough to vote and you could not be reasonably considered a peer, leave them the hell […]

Happy New Year! Here’s how to hack the intentions of your resolutions for better magick

By now you’ve seen scores of New Year’s resolution announcements, and maybe you made a few yourself. They probably run along the lines of “lose x amount of pounds,” “read x amount of books,” and/or “be a better person in some manner, defined or undefined.” […]

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 […]

Untangling the Labyrinth of Cult Behaviors: One Scenario Analyzed

Last week, Cara Schulz posted WicCom Priest Under Fire for Ethical and Sexual Misconduct on Pagan news blog the Wild Hunt. The story, in an unusual twist for such matters in the Pagan community, has people from both sides of the contention speaking about the […]