- Category: Opinion
Toe-to-Toe — A Forum for Controversy and Opinion
Just Say “No” to PST
Should we embrace “Pagan Standard Time?”
by Joan Robinson-Blumit, Kerri Connor, Kurt Hohmann,
Leni Austine and Lady Moondance
You’ve anticipated the event for weeks and arranged travel to get there. Old friends are coming; you’re looking forward to meeting new folks. Opening ritual is at sundown.
The sky is fading, gray mingling with fuchsia and coral, so you join others in the designated area. The sun sets. More people appear. But dusk creeps in, and you’re still waiting for the ritual to start; you’re growing tired of standing and hear a few grumbles, but you also notice the inevitable shrugs … Admit it, your enthusiasm and pleasure have been diminished by a tradition far too many Pagans uphold with pride: PST – Pagan Standard Time – or, as a friend if mine refers to it, “Pagan Selfish Time.” I have to agree. Nowhere in our lives is tardiness so tolerated as in the Pagan community.
- Category: Reviews
by Gail Fairfield
New Page Books
I read Tarot cards. Too often I can draw nothing useful from the image before me. When that happens I have to rely on a book to learn what the author meant that image to mean. That is inconvenient, inefficient and intrusive, and when it happens I have wished for a simple way to remind myself what a Two of Pentacles or a Page of Wands might mean.
- Category: Preview and Testing
Where to Park Your Broomstick:
A Teen’s Guide To Witchcraft
by Lauren Manoy
Despite the cringe-worthy title, Lauren Manoy’s debut offering is enjoyable, perceptive and downright cool. I would call this book a dictionary of sorts, because Manoy has single-handedly scanned the vast horizon of everything Wiccan: the politics in collective religions, the art of name dropping, really neat and innovating spell-casting, political teen rights and ritual etiquette.
- Category: Book Reviews
Full Tilt Living
by Maureen Smith
Full Tilt Living is a small, sweet book, optimistic and cheerful, intended to be of help to people in living more fully and completely. The author, Maureen Smith, is a hypnotherapist, a trainer, and a newsletter publisher. She has good will and good advice to offer. The book is nicely designed and the information is clearly stated and accessible. I found the illustrations appealing.
- Category: Spiritual Practice
Workin’ for a Livin’
Five steps to a more magical workplace.
by Deborah Blake
In my view of the perfect world, we would all own Pagan stores, do Tarot readings, create beautiful crafts, or make our living in some other way that satisfies our Pagan inclinations. Alas, for most of us, earning money to put food on the table requires that we spend our days toiling away at more mundane jobs, often under circumstances that are more likely to sap our spirits than to sustain them.
However, that doesn’t mean that we should give up on our dreams. In my experience, magick can find you almost anywhere, if you are willing to look for it. So, until the day when that perfect Pagan world arrives, here are some guidelines to help you survive — even thrive — in the everyday workplace.
I have wanted to be a writer all my life. But in the past I had lots of explanations as to why I couldn’t start writing. Then, two years ago, an idea so possessed me that I had to write it down and share it. I ignored all the reasons that I knew my writing career couldn’t take off, and did it anyway.
- Category: Gender & Diversity
“We are called Satanists by other inmates. And we not only have to fight the inmates, we have to fight the administration. We are not anti-Christian. They are anti-pagan.”
— Dave Chamberlain, New Hampshire inmate and leader of Pagan inmates group
“Almost immediately, I found myself under attack for being Wiccan. The police are more than happy to provide you with a Christian Bible and chaplain. The jail has numerous opportunities to get out of your cell, provided you want to hear Christian messages. Other than that, you stew. The guards will send the other inmates that go to church your way. They are usually not pleasant to talk to. Most are recently converted and feel a personal mission to bring you to their God.”
— Cyrus Hensley, Missouri inmate
Pagans in Prison
Our Brothers (and Sisters) Behind Bars
by Kenaz Filan
- Category: Reviews
Rocking the Goddess:
Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner
by Anthony Paige
This one really surprised me by being such an excellent read: it’s almost Drawing Down the Moon for the college student. The author has interviewed college students practicing Wicca, professors of religious studies, and even the spooked parent of a Wiccan college student. But he doesn’t present this in a dry, please-recite-to-me-your-thoughts-on-Wicca style, instead, he’s simply relating anecdotes, conversation, and stories about real people, not Big Name Pagans.