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Making Magic?

I’ve written a few times in the past, either here or on The Lotus Pond, about how Wiccans seem to disagree amongst themselves about whether or not they perform magic. I usually say that I am not a witch because I do not perform magic, meaning I do not cast spells. But, there are those […]

Burning Times – How Many Died?

The number of people killed during the witch hunts is often misrepresented as 9,000,000 (with at least one site claiming that 85% of which were women).1 Many sites, though, now represent the number as between 50,000 to 200,000 people, including the ever popular Wikipedia. So, where did the larger number come from, and why do […]

Is Magic Real?

I just recently finished a CFFN lesson on magic where I wrote about how I thought magic works and also about how I saw the Wiccan perception of magic change through the years. (You can read a version of these two essays here: Why Magic Works and Changing Views of Magic. In response to my […]

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A Sabbat by Any Other Name

The commonly accepted names for the Wiccan Sabbats are: Yule (approx. December 21st) Imbloc/Imbolg (February 1st) Ostara (approx. March 21st) Beltane (May 1st) Midsummer (approx. June 21st) Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) Mabon (approx. September 21st) Samhain (October 31st) Most of these names come from Celtic festivals, and in some case, the Wiccan celebration supposedly vaguely resembles […]

Aspiring to Hermithood

I am seriously thinking about never leaving the house again! It seems to me that people are getting ruder. If I want to be treated poorly or ignored, I can stay home and be abused by my cat. I’m beginning to think that all the rudeness comes from a sense of entitlement. People cut into […]

Being Ethical

I’d like to think that I am an ethical person.  I try to do the right thing in any given situation, but I also occasionally do unethical like taking mild revenge at people who annoy me. (One co-worker drives me nuts sometimes, and I’ve gotten my revenge once or twice.)  I also take advantage of […]

Witch School Worth the Money?

Several years ago I took some courses through Witch School. To say I was unimpressed is an understatement. Although I have had trouble articulating what it is that bothers me about Witch School and the Correllian tradition, someone else has explained it quite well: Nonfluffy Pagans – Why not WitchSchool? (Use the green arrows above […]

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Christianity Today and the Headstone Campaign

I have to admit that I haven’t really being following the Pagan Headstone Campaign that is going on down in the U.S. I do know the very basic facts, which that Wiccan Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in Afghanistan on September 25, 2005. He has been buried in Arlington National Cemetery, but his family’s request […]

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Wicca on TV

I’ve noticed that whenever a Wiccan is interviewed on television, she (it is usually a she) tends to be wearing a black robe, a lot of jewelry, and far too much eye makeup. Laurie Cabot, the “Official Witch of Salem”, is a prime example. These Wiccans will often talk at length about what goes on […]

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Helping Yourself

Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet. ~ Unknown I received this quote through my email on Monday. Just like the author of the newsletter it was sent in, I wish I could post this everywhere on the planet in giant neon letters. I can’t […]

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