I share some thoughts about the relationship between Wicca and sex, and the role that sex does and does not play in Wicca. The three main points I make: Sex is never, ever a requirement in the Gardnerian Tradition. Anyone who says differently is a predator. Our bodies are holy, and so are the things […]Read more "Video: Wicca and Sex"
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"
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 […]Read more "Video: What is Wicca?"
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 […]Read more "The Horned God, Schematized"
Erich Neumann’s book The Great Mother is fascinating and maddening. Neumann was a Jungian psychoanalyst, and his book is subtitled An Analysis of the Archetype; understandably, then, it presents a Jungian approach to world mythology in the aim to establish an overarching cross-cultural archetype of the Great Mother. As a work of comparative mythology, the […]Read more "Erich Neumann and the Wiccan Goddess"
A few days ago, I announced the title and cover for my first book, “Qabalah for Wiccans,” which is coming out from Llewellyn in December of 2021. The title generated quite a lot of controversy, and many people voiced concerns about cultural appropriation, feeling that it was disrespectful and inappropriate for me, a non-Jewish white […]Read more "Video: Qabalah, Wicca, and Appropriation"
Let’s talk about witch books! I talk through three of my favorite novels featuring witches and witchcraft. What are your favorites? Is there anything I’ve left off this list that should be here? Let me know!Read more "Video: Favorite Witch Novels"
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?"
I talk about studying the history of Wicca and Witchcraft, ideas that are now outdated, and why I think it’s still worth reading the books those ideas came from so long as we contextualize them as primary sources. The five books I mention in this video: The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky The Golden Bough, […]Read more "Video: Primary Sources for Witchcraft"
My friend Shane just had gallbladder surgery, so I’m in New York this week helping take care of them. We made a (mildly clickbaity) video about “types” of witchcraft, the usefulness of taxonomies, and what a label can—and can’t—communicate about someone’s witchy practice. Check out Shane’s YouTube channel if you want to see more of […]Read more "Video: Types of Witches?"