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 streets below. People routinely wear breathing masks in San Francisco – air quality here has historic issues, likely worse in Los Angeles. Now even those who never wear them have them. When I woke up this morning, I saw clouds rolling along the ground from my bedroom window. Gods I hope that’s Karl*.  I went outside […]

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 situation. While refreshing in that this story has much more full disclosure than normal, the usual negatives that come from these situations remains; at least one of those who has spoken out in the Twin Cities Pagans Facebook group reported shutting down her Pagan Facebook page because of a vindictive account raised copying her name, […]

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. Why? Because I dislike them. It’s one thing to cooperate. It’s another to conform to the point where you have to routinely ignore restrictions and laws that work against your mental health. That said, I am seriously considering learning more about and if possible from some groups I’ve encountered recently, if they’ll have me, but […]

A Ritual to Grieve Injustice

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 Philando Castile came in with an acquittal. For those unfamiliar with the story, a police officer  was caught on camera shooting Castile at point blank range during a traffic stop prompted by a broken tail light. This tragedy happened in front of his wife and child while he was in the process of attempting to obey the law. There have […]

June is Pagan Values Month!

It’s the 9th Annual Pagan Values month. While most Pagan writers, bloggers, etc. write about Pagan Values on a daily basis, we invite you to go a little deeper on topics dear to your heart. How do you express your values in your daily life? How do you practice your Pagan values in the workplace? What personal ethical conundrums have you faced in the past year, and how did your values factor into how you handled them? Because so much of the current Pagan dialectic is world facing, we’re asking you if you can to take some time out to […]

(Spoilers) The Love Witch vs the Pagan Patriarchy

In this season passing between Beltane and Midsummer, the phrase All acts of love and pleasure are my rituals emerges often. As the earth heats up, so do we, and certain Pagans move into the sacred season of sexuality – and all the hot, sweaty Pagan festivals – with sweaty fervor. While reality has intruded more and more into the Pagan self-perception as sexually free and enlightened, for the most part, Pagan-identified people hold to that collective belief and all the bawdy jokes that go with it.Yet for those of the witchcraft set that watched filmmaker Anna Biller’s the Love […]

That’s Gross Don’t Do That

Pantheacon, 2015 Standing in line for the Green Fairy Party. Someone peers at my badge, scans my name. Turns to friend and says “Oh, that’s nobody famous. Let’s go see if we can find  —–.” Pantheacon 2017 At a suite event. Hostess is openly charmed by my boyfriend. I thank her for her hospitality, she half glares and mumbles something. She engages my boyfriend again and he says we have to leave for the Llewellyn author’s party. “Oh, are you an author?” she asks him. “No, my girlfriend is!” She asks what I wrote and her demeanor changes from borderline hostile […]

The Invisible Author That Lives in Your Home

(If you listen to Welcome to Nightvale, you’ll get it.) “Does it bother you?” The TV, on mute, flashed images from SyFy Channel – Beast Master? The low-frills hotel desk was converted into a mini bar to beat the Hilton brand. We sipped our cocktails as I slipped into gossip like awkward lingerie. He reminded me of an incident with the Pagan Newswire Collective, back when we didn’t know each other at all, that was a major learning experience for him. I’d checked an article, questioned its newsworthiness, was assured by the managing editor that it was indeed news, struck out some hyperbole and handed […]