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Tim Titus

Tim Titus

I am a teacher, theater lover, and witch who loves both reason and magick. I believe that all things are connected, so I strive to write about connections between Paganism, pop culture, science, and the arts. My work was published in the Ancestors of the Craft anthology and in Finding the Masculine in the Goddess’ Spiral.  

Imagine a doctor breaking this news to you: “Your brain isn’t affected. Your thoughts will remain the same, it’s just that eventually no one will know what they are.”

Devastating. You will still be you, but very soon, you will be unable to communicate anything you are thinking to another person. You will be trapped inside your head.

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    Harita Meenee says #
    Thank you for this thoughtful article! Much appreciated. :-)

Twelve Healing Stars is a yearlong project in cooperation with the Temple of Witchcraft that explores social justice through the lessons of the 12 Zodiac Signs. This is part three.

 

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Blogging is a funny thing.  You never know which post is going to take off and which is going to sit there.  Sometimes a post comes back from the dead.

Last spring I published this post merging a trope from The Walking Dead with spiritual practice.  It was meant to sum up a series I was doing on science and religion.  The other posts were popular, and I had this cute little thing where I tied one of TV’s most popular shows into my final thoughts on the matter, so I figured that post would get some views.

Nope.  Nobody saw it.  The post died pretty miserably.  But apparently no one stabbed it in the head, because last month it came back to life.

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Twelve Healing Stars is a yearlong project in cooperation with the Temple of Witchcraft that explores social justice through the lessons of the 12 Zodiac Signs.  This is part two. To see previous posts, click here.

You don’t have to be a witch, or even care a whit about astrology, to feel the death and darkness that permeates Scorpio. The dying energy of the sun as it slips toward the winter solstice has become undeniable.  We begin to turn our headlights on as we drive to work, and we have less time to walk the dog in the afternoon.  The land around us, especially the trees, has begun to give up its life force as it prepares slowly but surely for its annual death.

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Yesterday, my friend Erick DuPree posted a very thoughtful piece on embracing the secular Halloween and avoiding the ancestor reverence that is so important to many pagans and witches this time of year.  In a very touching way, Erick discussed his troubled history with his father and his wish to separate himself from the misogyny and racism that permeates his family line.  That same misogyny and racism is likely to pollute the family line of every person of European descent, including myself, so that is a decision I can fully understand.

Yet, I feel like there are still reasons to do ancestor work.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve never been very good at ancestor work.  I have an ancestor altar at which I pay my respects daily, but I don’t do nearly as much work contacting my family on the other side as many other witches do.  I’m just processing my own thoughts as a person who (I think) shares a similar family history and was touched by Erick’s comments.

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Intersections

And now I find myself at another exciting intersection.

When I started my blog, “Intersections,” in January of this year, I was looking for the next step after a wonderful experience contributing to The Juggler. After four years of contributing to a site that commented on paganism and culture, I was looking forward to a new project that combined my love of the pagan community with my interest in the arts and sciences. The response has been wonderful, and it has led me to a new crossroad.

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  • Tim Titus
    Tim Titus says #
    Thanks Jason. I'm looking forward to this next step. Good to have your support!
  • Jason Mankey
    Jason Mankey says #
    Awesome to see you here!

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