It’s been a while since I’ve written about my Slavic polytheist practice. That’s not because I’m not practicing! Things have just been on the quiet side. I still do regular devotionals (although I’d be lying if I said I kept up with a daily routine on that), I still have a relationship with Baba Yaga, […]Read more "Slavic Polytheism: Ideas That Aren’t Part of my Practice Anymore"
If you look at texts on Paganism from the nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries, you’ll see a lot of the word “fertility.” But what does fertility really mean in this context? In the 21st century, we look at it and tend to think of human reproduction, but in historical context, it more often means something else […]Read more "Video: Fertility and the Pagan Revival"
In a previous video, I talked about the “schmidentity” of deities–the way that two gods can be somehow distinct from each other and yet the same, especially in cases where their cults share a common historical origin. Here, I turn my eye to the Gods of traditional Wicca. I discuss a few figures from ancient […]Read more "Video: Who Are the Wiccan Gods?"
A lot of the conversations we have about “religion” as a general concept betray underlying assumptions that all religion resembles Christianity in key ways. In this video, I dissect some of those assumptions, focusing on the idea that the function of religion is to provide explanations–whether we’re talking about the creation of the world, what […]Read more "Video: Is Religion Supposed to be Explanatory?"
I’ve just returned from a fabulous trip to the United Kingdom. While I was there, I had the opportunity to spend time with some online friends from the British Wiccan community, and doing so got me thinking about some of the broad cultural differences in Wicca between the US and UK. The three differences I […]Read more "Video: Wicca in America Versus Britain"
Tonight, I had the pleasure of speaking with Enfys Book from Major Arqueerna. They have a book on Qabalah coming out this summer, called Queer Qabala: Nonbinary, Genderfluid, Omnisexual Mysticism & Magick. Enfys and I chatted about how we first became interested in Qabalah and what we get out of a Qabalistic practice. Along the […]Read more "A Qabalah Chat with Enfys Book"
Pagan and polytheist theology is a lot more complicated than just “soft polytheism” versus “hard polytheism.” In this video, I discuss the ways in which gods relate to each other: how they’re different from each other, but also how (under some circumstances) we may see them as the same.Read more "Video: On the Schmidentity of the Gods"
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?"
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"
Like any other community, Paganism suffers from Discourse™. A lot of the time, problems in Pagan spaces can be avoided through careful reading and critical engagement. In this video, I talk through some of the problems that I see frequently in Pagan conversations, and I talk about the importance of some foundational critical reading skills: […]Read more "Video: Reading Comprehension for Pagans"