May, 2018

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 […]