Pagan Culture

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 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.. […]

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, […]

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 […]