We continue with the Opening of the Key reading I did for myself at Yule. For those who are just joining us, you may want to read the First, Second, and Third Operations for context. In those stages of the reading, I talk through some of the things I’ve been struggling with in recent months […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Fourth Operation"
New on YouTube. In various religious and magical spaces, the concept of “tradition” is incredibly important. But what is tradition, really? Why is it valuable? And why do people get so weird about it? In this video, I talk through my thoughts on these questions, and provide my own proposed definition of religion: A set […]Read more "Video: What Even is Tradition, Anyway?"
This is the third installment in my series about the Opening of the Key reading I did for myself at Yule. You can catch up on parts 1 and 2 here and here, respectively. Here, we’re looking at the third operation of the reading. This involves dividing the deck up into twelve piles based on […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Third Operation"
Let’s talk a bit about the relationship between Wicca and Thelema. How was Thelema an influence on the early days of Wicca? In what ways are the two religions alike? And–just as importantly–how do they differ? In this video, I talk through some of the history of Gerald Gardner’s meetings with Aleister Crowley and his […]Read more "Video: Wicca, Thelema, and True Will"
In my previous post, I started to outline the interpretation of a massive Opening of the Key reading that I did for myself last week, to mark the winter solstice. I’ve been in a bit of a rough patch lately, with the death of my father, genera malaise in the workplace, and a healthy dose […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The Second Operation"
[There’s a lot of intro and personal reflection here. If you want to skip to the reading, scroll down. I flag where the reading itself starts.] Back in the early days of this blog, when I was still figuring out a lot of religious stuff, I had a devotional practice involving Tarot cards. Long story […]Read more "My Yule Opening of the Key: The First Operation"
New on YouTube. Qabalah for Wiccans released last week, which means I’m officially a published Pagan author now. That’s incredibly exciting, but it’s also weird in some ways I hadn’t anticipated. I share some thoughts about the Pagan community’s relationship with publishing and with authors, the way an author’s involvement in book publicity requires the […]Read more "Video: Thoughts on Being a Pagan Author"
To celebrate the release of Qabalah for Wiccans, I joined Patti Negri, the host of The Witching Hour with Patti Negri, to talk about Qabalah, witchcraft, and magic. You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/qabalah-for-wiccans-with-jack-chanek/id1510679547?i=1000544790285Read more "My Appearance on The Witching Hour"
We’re only one week away from the release of my first book, Qabalah for Wiccans. This time next week, it will officially be out in the world, for anyone to read. Honestly, it doesn’t feel real. I’m excited, and nervous (so extraordinarily nervous), but not nearly as excited or nervous as I thought I would […]Read more "Qabalah for Wiccans"
Look, we’ve been on this merry-go-round before. I’m a Tarot reader, through and through. Tarot is far and away the most useful, versatile, satisfying divination system I’ve ever tried. Part of that is on me; Tarot was the first system I learned, and it turns out it’s really hard to committing to learning a new […]Read more "Give Me That Old Time Divination"