"This lunar cycle was seeded in the Pisces season, but the Sun has moved into Aries now, so this Full Moon occurs in the opposite sign of Libra. An eclipsed Libra Moon gives us the opportunity to radically review our relationship to balance and justice." Read more at: Follow the Moon: Forecast for March 21,... Continue Reading →
“I’m not here to argue Hillary vs Bernie. I genuinely like them both. I’m here to say that I’m sick of seeing her reviled for the same things people forgive easily when they’re done by men, and that the stakes are too high this election cycle to indulge that or leave it unexamined. If you’re reviling Hillary for saying something racist and stupid in 1994 in favor of a crime bill that turned out to be a very bad idea, but you’re not reviling Sanders for actually using his political power to make that very bad crime bill law, I want you to take a long, long think about why that is. If you’re reviling Hillary for campaign contributions made by banks, but did not revile Obama for the same thing, I want you to take a long, long think about why that is.”
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I will tell you a secret; there are no occult secrets.
There is no such thing as “secret lore.” It simply does not exist. All so-called “secret lore” has already been written down in books, and has been for centuries. Yes, centuries.
The names of the Gods are published; the names of the Watchers have been published; the name of God Herself has been published and can be found with only a nominal amount of searching, if one will read books that were written before the 20th century (too few people do that anymore). All the legends and stories of every tradition have their exact analogues in history and myth from around the world and beyond.
If I was so foolish as to believe that I possessed the “secret lore,” how shocked I would be to find these secrets in Plato’s Dialogues, in the writings of Hermes Trismegistus, in…
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This poem, my gods, this poem. This is one of the myriad of reasons that I am no longer a Catholic. What the priest said To my mother After her eighth pregnancy Ended in a hard loss And the doctor’s admonition Another might end her— The priest said contraception Was a whore’s trick Forbidden... Continue Reading →
I am going to be submitting poetry - you should submit something, too! Read more here: Call for Submissions: Full Moon & Foxglove (An Anthology of Witches & Witchcraft)
This Saturday, February 13th, we are planning a SJWW (Social Justice Witches Working) against Boko Haram. If you are on Facebook the event page is here. Consider yourself invited, whether on Facebook or not, as this is a public event and as many folks as possible are asked to join for the oomph a collective can bring.
CALLING ALL MAGIC WORKERS- A GLOBAL WORKING AGAINST BOKO HARAM
Invite your friends who would like to support this effort! This event is public. Details are below on the timing and bones of the working. I’ve added a poem I’m going to use (use as desired). I’ll be dressing candles with an herb and oil blend particular to the cause. I personally will be invoking Medusa’s unflinching gaze into the mix as i am working with Her this year. Add your comments, post your outlines, run with it!
BEST UPCOMING WORKING VS…
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“Without ever pulling a trigger or raising a hand, you are part of these murders and assaults as long as you refuse to take a proactive stance against misogyny.”
I don’t know why Janese Talton-Jackson turned that man down. She might have had a bad week and just wanted some alone time with her drank and her head bob. Coulda been PMS-ing. Coulda been upset about an “it’s complicated”-ship or stuck on a new, cute co-worker. Maybe she just found the guy trying to holler unattractive or pushy or boring. Or she pulled a Brandy and recently swore off of dating.
It doesn’t matter.
If Janese turned him down because she didn’t like his eye color or the hang nail on his pinky–the right was hers. Her “no” was the bottom line. Or should have been.
Instead, Janese Talton-Jackson was followed as she exited the Cliff’s Bar in Pittsburgh, and shot to death. [Insert details about her being a mother of three, daughter and sister here] and then realize that even if none of that were the case, Janese still did not deserve to be murdered for turning down a man…
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All the cool kids will be there!
Image: Ancestor Altar, Samhain 2015
Come join us for a potluck dinner and ritual in this time of the thinning veil. Our Beloved Dead are close and come in love with messages for the living. Honour who you are and who you came from in ritual based on the Reclaiming tradition.
All levels of experience are welcome. We are inclusive of all genders, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Please bring a pot luck item to share.
You are welcome to bring a photo or item for your Ancestors to place on the shared altar.
After the potluck we will have a brief overview of Reclaiming and its particular style of ritual. We will discuss Samhain and its place on our ritual calendar. We’ll outline the logisitics of our ritual in “ritual conspiracy”, and then ritual will commence. We will have some time afterward for discussion if desired.
Come! Invite your friends!
“My point here is that a crucial step in becoming a responsible citizen, a thinking person, and a worthy scholar is learning to question the world around you.”
Damn straight, Dr. McCort!
By Dr. Jessica McCort, Instructor of Writing in the English Department, Duquesne University
Recently, I have become deeply invested in fostering mystudents’ ability to question the world around them, particularly the received messages that they tend to accept blindly rather than interrogate. This past semester, for example, in each of the classes I taught, we studied the written versions of different fairy tales with an eye to the fact that these stories are constantly evolving and changing based on the culture that is telling them. As one of the first written assignments for the semester, I asked my students to analyze a specific tale before they came into class to discuss it. I was once again struck, as I am every time I do this exercise, by how much students want to stick to the messages they have learned to associate with these stories…
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I adore this movie – I’m partial to movies that touch the soul regardless of age.
Promotional Poster (Fair Use–Review)
By Judith O’Grady
‘Song of the Sea’, a beautiful Irish-made children’s animated film, was recently released.
Absolutely astonishing artwork! Fabulous folk tale-drenched findings! Marvelous mythic machinations!! (that’s the review, there).
My son set my tv-connected computer up with his film-on-demand thingie so I could watch it with the family (except for the son who refuses to watch movies on principal), which was fun and engaging; it’s always enjoyable to have a movie explained to you by your three-year-old grand-daughter. Due to the fact that I, like the authors of the film, have read a lot of folklore I picked out the mother as a selkie (a mythic being who is a seal but upon taking off the sealskin on land becomes human) at a glance because any west-coaster with brown eyes in a story is by default a seal. As is usual with selkie/ human marriages…
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