The Horned God, Schematized

In my previous post, I talked a bit about Erich Neumann’s book The Great Mother and how, despite the various problems with it and the need for context-sensitive critical reading, it can provide a great theoretical framework in which to understand the Wiccan Goddess. Wicca is about experience, not theory, and a theoretical perspective like […]

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Video: Do We Create the Gods?

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 […]

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A Visit to Baba Yaga

I don’t work with Baba Yaga, or at least I haven’t in the past. As a general rule, she’s a fearsome figure, and she does not like men; I’ve always thought it was most prudent to give her a wide berth. But I recently had a profoundly moving encounter with her, which has changed the […]

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A Review of the Slavic Tarot

There’s nothing else like this deck, and I am so very excited about it. The Slavic Tarot is a self-published deck from artist M.A.I. Murray, available through Etsy. It adapts the structure of a traditional Tarot deck to incorporate figures from Slavic mythology and folk tales. The Major Arcana in this deck each depict a […]

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The Empress and the Tower

Spring is coming. You wouldn’t know it to look out my window right now (we had a massive snowstorm across the northeastern US this week), but the vernal equinox is only a week and a half away. So I thought now would be an appropriate time to talk about two cards that I associate with […]

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