Tag Archives: Wicca

Cuccinelli v All Acts of Love And Pleasure

My religion encourages oral sex. Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for governor, wants to outlaw it. Why am I not the new face of the brave fight for religious liberty? Seriously, though: Ken Cuccinelli, the current attorney general of Virginia and Republican … Continue reading

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Friendly Fire

Before the recent community kerfuffle, I was talking about the Pagan blood libel and how that affects the experience of being Pagan and Wiccan today. I want to share a couple of my own experiences to try to convey just … Continue reading

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Review: Gardner, High Magic’s Aid

Gardner, Gerald. High Magic’s Aid. Godolphin House, Hinton WV, revised edition 1996. Originally published 1949 under pen-name of Scire. Paperback, 238 pages. (Please note: the version that I read is available online. It was typeset by and has a few … Continue reading

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Contemporary Deities: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or, What Would Buffy Do?

This is a guest post by Ka Wahine Ahi, High Priestess in the Order of the White Moon and foundress of the Sisters of the Rising Moon school. Buffy the Vampire Slayer grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go.  I … Continue reading

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Review: Edghill, Bell, Book, and Murder

Edghill, Rosemary. Bell, Book, and Murder: The Bast Novels. Paperback, 448 pages. Forge, 1998. Omnibus edition of Speak Daggers to Her, 1994, Book of Moons, 1995, and The Bowl of Night, 1996, by the same author. These three novels are … Continue reading

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TRI cleanup: Personal reflections

I’d like to share a few personal reflections on the Teddy Roosevelt Island cleanup. First, I’m deeply touched that so many people thought this project was worth their time and effort. I respect organizations that require community service or volunteer … Continue reading

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Athena transgressing gender expectations

Please join me in a moment of celebration: I’m now an Initiate of the Order of the White Moon! OWM is a women’s spirituality group that I’ve been studying with since about Samhain. For each level, a final project on … Continue reading

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Trans inclusion

A very necessary conversation is starting to take place in Pagan and Wiccan communities because of an unfortunate incident of exclusion and prejudice at the most recent Pantheacon: trans women were excluded from a ritual for women. The Wild Hunt … Continue reading

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On another blog, a commenter I respect and admire wrote the following: As y’all may know, I am a public librarian (and thus a representative of the government). I customarily wear a discreet cross necklace. I was talking with some … Continue reading

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Tolerance and evidence

I just read an excellent post by Slacktivist on how Christianity and Scientology compare. Slacktivist is brutally honest about some of the awful and weird things in Christianity’s long and varied history, and Scientology still comes out looking like a … Continue reading

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