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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 […]

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 […]