diana rajchel

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 […]