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    The Basics of Shamanism

    For many Pagans who follow a religious or magical system rooted in the natural world, shamanism often has some appeal. Let’s look at the different types of shamanism, the symbolism found in such systems, and how we can apply an ancient practice to modern Pagan spirituality. The word shaman itself is a multi-faceted one. While many people hear the word…

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    Mass Tragedy and Spiritual Response

    In the wake of yet another horrific school shooting, I always find myself fielding emails from people who want to know what they can do, because for the love of Pete, thoughts and prayers don’t seem like enough. And yet, for some, thoughts and prayers offer comfort, and it’s the only thing they can think of as a response to…

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    Chakra Basics 101

    In many metaphysical disciplines, such as energy work, Reiki, and other healing modalities, practitioners use chakras as a focal point for their intent. While chakra theory originated in Hindu mysticism, it has been adopted by the New Age and metaphysical community. There are seven chakras, or energy vortexes in the human body, and each is associated with various physical and…

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    Organize a Magical Swap Meet

    At some point in your life as a Pagan, you’ll probably have moments where you look at a book on your shelf and think, “I will never read that again.” Or perhaps there’s a deck of Tarot cards that you own, but have never really connected with. Maybe you’ve got an athame that’s outlived its appeal, and you’ve replaced it…

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    John Dee, Occultist and Alchemist

    I’m a history geek, so when I get a chance to write about someone or something that combines my love of history with my love of metaphysics and the occult, it’s like a Writer Bonus Round. This month, I decided to tackle the subject of John Dee. To today’s readers, Dee was perhaps best known for his work as an…

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    Here, There, and Everywhere in 2018

    OK, several of y’all have asked me where I’ll be this year, and when, so I’ve updated the event page accordingly! Keep in mind my schedule is constantly evolving, and I have five more conferences/festivals that I have submitted proposals for but not gotten confirmed – once I do, I’ll add those too. Also, there are a couple of great…

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    Karma: Is it Really a Bitch?

    Many times, during discussions in the Pagan community – particularly those revolving around perceived negative behavior – you’ll hear someone invoke the idea of Karma, the notion that what goes around comes around. However, the original concept of Karma is far more complex than simply a giant cosmic payback machine. Let’s look at the way some eastern religions view Karma,…

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    Saturday Spellwork: Shiva Stones

    The Shiva Lingam is a stone that is found in many aspects of Hindu belief and folklore. A symbol of the god Shiva, the stone itself is sometimes simply called the Lingam. It’s shaped a bit like an elongated egg, but it also has a good deal of phallic symbolism attached to it. Because of its shape, it is connected…