Skryim: Dova-king of video game magic

The tale of the dragonborn, Bethesda Studios’ Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, available to the playing public since 2011, is becoming a modern classic, known to those who play games at “hardcore” and “casual” levels. In the same way the interactive story of the hero let loose in the wide world and civil war contained in the nation of Skyrim is pretty well known and received, the helpfulness of the game in crafting a few spells and magical artifacts is also recognized and loved by those who know where to look.   Schooled in magic and magic schools Your typical high fantasy adventure, […]

A Whole Year @ PaganBloggers(!): Admin-not-admin notes

Today, one year into Installation Wizard, I don’t know what event I’m celebrating more. This year, (my somewhat late celebration of) the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere corresponds with the #MarchForOurLives protest in Washington, DC, where students, their friends and supporters, and my peers walk together against the exclusive control of gun legislation in the states by pro-gun lobbies. Just how much connectivity and community I can feel in these events, in the ways I have contributed, enthralls me. It reminds me of the feelings I desire from Witch and Pagan circles as well as the ways my practice […]

a modern Cub & Ursa Major (freeform thinking)

Not a rehash of those stories of the North Star and the constellation circling it, I fall asleep twenty two hours before the super blue blood moon eclipse enchanted by another astral body. In the space for dreaming, those two gatherings of stars, paired together so often, take the form of Ursa Major and Minor, bear and cub, blending together beneath my fetal rib cage. When I first wake up about five hours later, I’ll be a bit skittish, mistaking the growling in my stomach for roars. From what I remember from an inflatable elementary school astronomy lab, somewhere in […]

Discography for Traversing the Geography: Winter Mood Tunes

Alright, so in the global north, specifically Minnesota, Winter’s here. Even as the global temperature rises, this guest still bites and stings. Bundled up in three layers of hoodies and hats (but only one layer of pants), there is no respite from its harshness for this pedestrian. Worse, while the arrival of the winter signified the end of this Fall semester at my linked-in college, my computer needs have not come to a close. From negotiating my grades to submitting to journals and getting other writing jobs, I kind of need (and dread) that twenty-some minute walk to, and definitely […]

Deep Silver’s “Astrology DS: The Stars in your Hands” is a real video game, and it’s not half bad

“You’re a Taurus,” they barked from the front seat of their jeep. “I hate Tauruses.” “Oh” was the only sound I could make without opening my mouth, already inhaling a carpet’s worth of free-floating dog hair through my nose. “But you’re Scorpio rising, so we’ll probably get along.” I mulled over this seconds-long interaction for days, both off-put and lost. I may be a magic-using Pagan but I don’t know, astrology and future-sight have never been my jam. I’m used to the twelve Greco-Roman Astrological signs, although I get their order after Cancer mixed up all the time. I did […]

Play Like A Pagan! Ritual as an Opening to Game Studies

I returned to college for the “Fall” earlier this summer month, and my time has been a little harried. For it being my senior year, I have yet to see my opportunity to do the slide. I’ve crammed 15 credits into this semester alone and decided to take up the minor “Game Studies!” And to top it off, the core class I’m taking for it this Fall is designated for learning how to write and program in the span of five months. Basically . . . I’M MAKING A VIDEO GAME! Part of that process also requires me to engage […]

Tar-oh!

In the latest issue of Witches & Pagans, there was a short article from professional tarot reader Witch Hazel. While the article was on how to approach cards with negative connotations like Death or Devil in a way that isn’t intimidating, that’s not what I focused on. The bold header for the essay exclaimed that a “few tarot cards have permeated pop culture” (p. 8). Of course, I picked up on the words “tarot” and “pop culture” . . . and my thoughts summoned up the Yu-Gi-Oh! television show. It wasn’t a craving for poorly-dubbed 4KIDS cartoon mornings full up […]