Wiccan mythology (or at least, one strand of it) features a very specific kind of Goddess and God, and a particular understanding of the relationship between them. In this video, I talk about how this mythos is really modern in origin, how much of it can be traced back to James Frazer’s book “The Golden […]Read more "Video: James Frazer and the Modernity of Wiccan Myth"
In this video, I talk through the recommended reading list I give to seekers interested in Gardnerian Wicca. Different groups will have different recommendations, and some groups won’t have any suggested reading at all, but these are the texts that I, personally, think are the most helpful and informative for someone seeking traditional Wicca. The […]Read more "Video: 13 Books for Gardnerian Seekers"
Some rambling thoughts about a popular theological viewpoint in Paganism, which I term the “Pratchett-Gaiman” theology: The idea that we create the Gods through our belief in and worship of them. I understand why this theology is appealing, but it doesn’t quite resonate with me, and I try to talk through the reasons why. Be […]Read more "Video: Do We Create the Gods?"
It’s the last week of the semester. I have a pile of student essays to grade, two large research projects of my own to finish,* a couple of seasonal parties (both Pagan and secular) to attend, and just a lot on my plate, generally speaking. But hey! It’s almost Yule. Even though there’s no snow […]Read more "Cards for Yule: The Fool, the Hanged Man, and Judgment"
I know, I know. It’s been forever since I’ve posted. In my defense, grad school is time-consuming, and it pays better than Tarot blogging (which says more about blogging than it does about life in a Ph.D). I’m not sure how long this post is going to be, but I woke up early this morning […]Read more "Reincarnation is a Thorn in My Side"
This is part 3 of a post about my own practice of Slavic polytheism. Here, we get into the nitty-gritty of how I set up my shrine, how I do my daily devotional, what I do with my offerings, and the like. At the moment, half my things are in hibernation for the summer, so […]Read more "Slavic Polytheism, Part 3: Spirits and Praxis"
This is part 2 of my series on my personal Rodnovery (Slavic paganism, Slavic polytheism, Slavic native faith) practice and my relationship with the Slavic gods. For part 1, see here. For my earlier post about ways to delve deeper into Slavic mythology, see here. In part 2, I will share more of my notes […]Read more "Slavic Polytheism, Part 2: A Wider Pantheon"
I’m late to the party on this one, I know. This deck has been out for quite some time (gosh, has it been five years?) and is wildly popular, so my writing a “review” of it will hardly add new information to the pool. But for my birthday this year, a relative sent me an […]Read more "A Review of the Wildwood Tarot"
[This turned into a really long post. If you just want to see my correspondences of Tarot cards to the Wheel of the Year, without a lot of rambling context and explanation, skip to the list immediately after the picture of the Tree of Life.] Those of you who have been reading this blog for a […]Read more "Mapping Tarot to the Wheel of the Year"
(To anyone who reads this post: Do me a favor and read it through to the end. The tone changes considerably over the course of twenty-nine hundred words.) Tarot is not Wiccan. Tarot is not Wiccan. Say it with me one more time for luck, kids. Tarot. Is not. Wiccan. This is something I’ve been thinking about […]Read more "Reflections on Mysticism, Language, and Shifting Identity"