pop culture paganism

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 […]

Inquisitive Mage in the Dragon Age

When Dragon Age: Inquisition first came out in 2014, this third game of the Dragon Age series excited fans with its responsive, realistic, refined graphics as well as its inclusion of (positive) modern queer politics and positionalities in a fantasy realm, goals that BioWare really strove for during development. What was less expected from the company and many fans, however, was how adaptable a game with its own lore and histories involving magic would be for technopagans practicing through social media. Decoding the Codex Players are equipped with a “codex,” a collection of readings players gather as they play and […]

Installation Wizard: Setup

It’s the Spring Equinox and I’m finishing up a brisk sunrise ritual in honor of Baldr at the community wildlife sanctuary. I mutter my last prayer to Them before I pull my jacket out of my backpack and onto my body. Contentedly, I trek to the local library. Once I arrive, I log into my Facebook and Tumblr accounts. By way of my raucous clicking I connect to hundreds of other Pagans observing Sabbats and Blots on the very same day in a wealth of weird ways. I Like; I respond; I repost; I meme, and I celebrate. As the […]