Tag: Diana Rajchel

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 […]

My warning labels

I’m not a chest pounder. I don’t flash my titles and initiations and backgrounds. I do my work, I shut the f— up until I’ve done my deeds and for the most part I stay away from covens, lodges, or anything involving a group mind. […]

On #bindtrump and the #magicresistance by Diana Rajchel

The #bindtrump movement harkens to the stories about the witches of Great Britain using magic to keep Hitler off their island. They, unlike those of us in the US, were pro-active – a significant advantage when working magic for home and country.

A Ritual to Grieve Injustice by Diana Rajchel

It’s been a bad year. Last week was an especially bad week in 2017, both for me as a city priestess and for justice in the world in general. First, four people died in a workplace shooting in San Francisco. Then the verdict for the death of […]