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 I saw in my psychic life coaching practice had at least one “how do I deal with this horrible coworker?” issue. A few wanted to straight up hex their bosses. Rather than going on a poppet stabbing spree I introduced them to some gentler first options. The corporate world started stoking its sociopaths in the […]

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 goes on, we also find other tools that might not have an entry in our favorite spellbooks and grimoires. Maybe they didn’t exist, maybe the people that gathered that data assumed more common sense than I happen to have – but over time you learn that other tools, not necessarily magical, make all the magic […]

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 exchanged message there. My contacts likely qualified as Big Name Pagans – and they were best described as F-ing Busy. This is still true of them. Seeking community moreso than spirit, I showed up at random to these two Big Deal events in the Bay. Something else relatively unkown about me: not only do I […]

On Moira Greyland and the Dark Side of Avalon (Part 2) TRIGGER WARNING

First, apologies for how long it has taken to follow up with the second half of this article. Two things happened: Pagan con month, that period between February and April that can keep you on the road, and my partners asked me to back off from digging into this story for a little while because my jumping at slammed doors and sudden defensive defaulting in communications became a problem. I haven’t promised that I won’t subject myself to a trigger-fest like Greyland’s ever again, but I have agreed to approach such things in much smaller doses. At last I am […]

On Moira Greyland and the Dark Side of Avalon (Part 1)

I end up writing on abuse topics often. I don’t want to – believe me, I’d rather be posting recipes, and spells, and prayers and more of that Wiccan better homes and gardens stuff I wrote in the late 90s that got reposted without attribution in the land of 10,000 spinning pentacle gifs. It’s far more fun to write. Sadly, we live in a world where |ABSOLUTE| “Sexual interaction with kids = no” |ABSOLUTE| is still seen as debatable by far too many even within modern Paganism (among other just as culpable religious cultures) and so I have to write […]

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 alone. Any “circumvention” of fully conscious consent for sexual energy, energy access, or physical/metaphysical touch. This includes drugging, NLP on a vulnerable person without warning, nonconsensual psychic vampirism, and outright manipulation and whining until you get what you want. ALL OF THAT IS ABUSE, I DON’T CARE IF ROBERT COCHRANE DID IT. HE WAS WRONG.. […]

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.” While most people will look at the how of your intentions – how to set small steps so that you achieve them, even with the possibility of a little backslide – I want to look at the why of your resolutions. If you’re a witchy type, you always need to know why you are doing […]

Baron Samedi asked me to write this…

It’s been a strange year for me. Multiple psychic attacks have hit me, to the point where people with no sensitivity coming into my house can tell what’s going on. I’m experienced. I protect myself well. I have for the most part maintained good relationships in my current community, so this is all old stuff – really old. The stuff coming at me is almost all about my past. People I haven’t seen or spoken to in years, decades even, are now sending me as much negativity as they can muster. Dwelling on why, or whether I’m really that awful, […]

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, […]