A generation ago, grocery shopping was easy. You went to the meat counter at your local market and watched the butcher grind your beef. You picked up iceberg lettuce and Red Delicious apples in the produce department, a loaf of Wonder Bread, and a jar of spaghetti sauce completed your list. You didn’t buy milk and eggs; the milkman delivered those to your front door. Mango? Radicchio? What were those?]]>
Miracles. Except for the most cynical, the majority of us want to believe that miracles can occur; and, in fact, extraordinary things do happen in seemingly hopeless situations. Frequently the miracle is attributed to a Higher Power, whose intercession is believed to come after we contact them.
As Pagans many of us utilize spells, often likening them to prayers. We also fashion amulets, talismans and charms, imbuing them with our energy or with requests to our gods to protect, cure, or assist us.]]>
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.]]>
We often think that magick only occurs in neatly compartmentalized times and places. When I meditate, create ritual or attend a workshop, I am open to magick. Otherwise, I have a typical, ordinary everyday life, or so I used to think. I’ve learned better; everything is magical. Everything has the potential to show you the mysteries of the universe.]]>
I was skeptical at best when I picked up this book. Self-hypnosis has always seemed to be too good to be true. Most of what I had previously read on the subject was a combination of pseudo-New Age meditation, hype, and recto-fumigation. However, Dr. Goldberg’s book presents hypnosis in a serious and scientific way.]]>
“Cities are not natural. Cities are not magical. Cities are not sacred.” So we often hear, but I don’t believe it for a minute.
As modern pagans, witches, sha-mans and mages, we have been conditioned to long for a techno-free utopia, a garden of paradise. Many of us look to the matriarchal Stone Age cultures, claiming that these societies possessed a perfect paradise without violence, war, crime or any social ills.
It is because of this anti-urban attitude that I wrote my first book, City Magick: Urban Rituals, Spells and Shamanism. Mythic cities abound in pagan mythology, and if we look to such stories for guidance and inspiration, how can we claim cities are not magical?]]>
Maybe there’s a reason why for thousands of years individual people have been drawn to particular gods and goddesses. In Dr. Sharon Turnbull’s book Goddess Gift, she helps readers discover their own “personal goddess type,” the female deity who most resembles their own personality and who can help them better themselves.]]>
Good Karma: How to Find and Keep It is such a cute little book that it may mislead the reader into thinking it can’t possibly be serious. Such a judgment would be mistaken.]]>
Most Pagans, once they have some experience, prefer to create their own magical objects. The Amulet Manual is a guidebook to making amulets, magical objects aimed at drawing a particular sort of energy, influence, or entity.]]>
I love sex. I love talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, and having it.
I also love writing in general, mostly on the topics of sex and sexuality, feminism, and “alternative” lifestyle choices. (I always want to ask “Alternative to what?”) I work in the sex industry as a sideline, I’m a sex educator and self-proclaimed expert, a Witch, neo-feminist, mother of two, and wife to a supercool guy.
Through the years I have chosen to participate in a wide variety of relationship styles including polyamory, monogamy, singleness-by-choice, and celibacy, and see the benefits that each held for me. I’m a queer identified sex-radical, married to the father of my kids, and my husband and I are committed to egalitarian child rearing, career development, and in clear communication in our primary relationship and beyond.]]>
If you enjoyed Ms. Polson’s Witch Crafts (Kensington, 2002) you are absolutely going to enjoy The Crafty Witch! This is a richly-illustrated book filled with crafts just about any one of us can make. From cross-stitch “Never Thirst” sippie cups to embellished altar shelves to handmade soaps, Ms. Polson has put together a charming collection of things we can make.
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
As a solitary practitioner I spent lots of time planning and implementing rituals. Not only did I recognize the eight major holidays, as well as full moons and new moons; I also observed the quarter phases of the moon. I would spend a couple of hours setting up and planning a ritual, an hour or two in ritual, then it would take another half hour to clean up and put all my paraphernalia away.
The more I got involved in planning and presenting learning circles for a local Pagan group and organizing public rituals, the more my personal practice fell by the wayside. First the quarter moon rituals, then the new moon. The full moon and sun rituals soon followed, until all my attention seemed to be focused on making magic happen for others.]]>