Orphan Magic Part 2

A Second Adoption   I am truly overwhelmed (in a good way) by the response to first article in this autobiographical series. (Orphan Magic Part 1) I was very pleased to learn that it really resonated with other foster kids, orphans, runaways, and LGBTQIA+ youth in the magical/pagan community who escaped from abusive and/or religious…

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Kings and Princes

A bit of commentary on the structure and etymology of Hebrew god names used in magic. (First posted on Tumblr, but I’m transcribing it here so my non-tumblr followers can read it.) One of my Tumblr followers asked: “I’ve been using the term “elohim savoth” in consecration for a little while now. Read it somewhere, figured I’d…

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Click here to help get Banshee to Edinburgh

Adventures in Academia I have some great news, y’all! While what was to be the first Greater New Orleans Magic and Esotericism (or G.N.O.M.E.) conference had to be cancelled this year, and I had to cut ties with NOSEA and it’s director for professional reasons, a new opportunity has arisen for me: The International Association for…

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The Spring Equinox and Eggs

A Brief History of the Chicken and the Egg In honor of the Spring Equinox I am going to talk about the ritual uses of eggs and egg decorating, but before I can get into that I must tell you the history and symbolism of our friend, the humble chicken. The chicken was first domesticated in…

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The Akkadian Origins of the Prince of Angels

  St. Michael the Archangel mirroring the pose of his predecessor Reshef.    Summary TL;DR: The Archangel Michael is so ancient that you can trace his name back to around at least 1600 BCE, a thousand years before he is ever mentioned in Judaism. He appears to have found his way into Hebrew via the Babylonian Exile…

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Whose Fear Is It Anyway?

The Balancing Act Between Staying Informed And Staying Healthy Enough To Help Others   At some point as I reposted yet another well-intentioned political infographic or article I realised how disingenuous it all is. I’m very left-leaning, and so are about 99% of my friends in my newsfeeds on every social media platform. So constantly…

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Meditations from the Warrior Path

  Gather ’round, children. This is not going to be your usual recycled jargon you get about the Morrigan from middle aged Patheos bloggers. (No disrespect to the old timers, but no flattery either.) These are some raw, real, meditations and considerations from the actual field, so I’m not going to give you the same…

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Discerning the Spirits

Follow up to this post I made: As soon as someone starts describing deities or entities in terms of “higher” or “lower” *vibrations* you can pretty much discount anything they say since they’re still caught up in a painfully dualistic and moralistic worldview that is not conducive to actual sorcery. So you might be like:…

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Stop saying Lilith is made up

Alternatively titled: Fuck You, Lilith is Old as Fuck So, there are a handful of naysayers who claim that Lilith is not of Canaanite origin because her story first appears in the Alphabet of ben Sira (also ben Sirach). These people claim it is a satirical text that amounts to fairy tales at best because…

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The Morrigan makes her own schedule

(photo by Matt Preston on flickr) So approximately 2 years ago I did a ritual and asked the Morrigan to do a handful of very specific things, very impossible-for-me-to-achieve-on-my-own kind of things, one of these things was getting my broke ass to Ireland within a year, the other requests I can’t really say much about but one…

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