Video: What is Wicca?

In all the conversations people have about Wicca, it seems they’re often not working from a shared definition of what Wicca actually is–and that can be a source of confusion and problems. In this video, I talk through what I consider to be the six basic defining features of Wicca: -It’s a form of witchcraft […]

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Ten Doubts About Magic

I like to believe I’m a smart person. I think critically. I have a master’s degree in philosophy and I’m working on my Ph.D, and contrary to popular belief, academic philosophy is not, in fact, a free-for-all of sloppy thinking and vague bullshit. My discipline is overwhelmingly, exhaustingly oriented toward rigorously defined concepts and motivated […]

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The Astral is Enough

It’s longstanding wisdom in Western occultism that there are multiple planes of existence above the material. Thanks in large part to the influence of Mme Blavatsky and the Theosophical society, the number of planes that gets discussed most often is seven: One physical plane, and then “upper” and “lower” planes corresponding to the astral, mental, […]

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Getting SMART About Witchcraft & Magic

Have you ever heard of “SMART” goals? It’s a trite human-resources motivational speaking aphorism that gets bumped around in certain middle management corporate retreat sorts of environments. “SMART” is an acronym. SMART goals are said to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Sensitive. S-M-A-R-T. Trite though it is, it’s damn good advice. When setting goals […]

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Magic and Mental Causation

This is going to be a Wicca post. If that turns you off, I completely understand, seeing as how this is actually not a Wicca blog, and I promise my next post will be 100% Tarot.* For anyone who’s relatively new to my blog and doesn’t know this about me, I am a onetime atheist […]

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Tarot and Timing Spellwork

The idea of using Tarot in magic(k) is not exactly new. The Aeclectic Tarot Forum has a whole constellation of discussions on this topic, and Kelly-Ann Maddox at the Four Queens did a video on it not too long ago. Here, I want to take a bit of a different tack and talk about how […]

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