Magick: The Art of Influencing the Universe

If prayer is communication with and supplication to divine forces, magick is the independent technique of influencing the world around us with or without the assistance of a divine being. This is why  some Pagans (particularly solitary Witches) are atheistic. The power to control one’s environment isn’t supernatural, in this case. Casting a spell for […]

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Helping People Calm Down About Wiccans

Today should be interesting. We have some family friends–we’ll call them the Smiths–who have looked forward to this month for a long time. You see, Mr. Smith has a sister who’s getting married in December…to a self-proclaimed Wiccan! Scary stuff, I know. The interesting part is that once the Smiths found out what I was […]

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Hey Andrew! You Don’t LOOK Like a Wiccan…

Last night after the kids’ soccer game, a family friend walked up to me and said, “Oh wow! You look weird not looking weird! You know, with the turban and the knife…” I suddenly felt self-conscious, as if I was out of Wiccan/Witch/Pagan uniform. Maybe everyone would feel better if I looked like this:

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What Happens if I Die as a Wiccan?

There’s a running joke among my close friends that after this year is over, once I die, I’ll have my bases covered for the afterlife. I hope the divine has as good a sense of humor as my friends… Every religion/philosophy has their version of the afterlife. For some of our Abrahamic monotheists, there’s a […]

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The Yearly Sabbats: Celebrating Change

Within many traditions, holidays and special dates often commemorate an event or a person. For example, Vesakha (Buddha Day) celebrates the life and actions of Lord Buddha. Christmas recognizes the birth of Jesus Christ (even though it is generally agreed that December 25th is not his actual birthday). Pesach (Passover) honors God’s delivery of the Jews […]

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