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?"
The Gardnerian Tradition of Wicca, like any other group, is vulnerable to internal politics that can be baffling from the outside. Lately, a few transphobic Gardnerians have been making a lot of noise about wanting to institute a distinction between “traditional” and “reform” Gardnerian Wicca–and well-meaning seekers who don’t know the context may not understand […]Read more "Video: “Traditional” versus “Reform” Gardnerians?"
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"
Let’s talk a bit about the relationship between Wicca and Thelema. How was Thelema an influence on the early days of Wicca? In what ways are the two religions alike? And–just as importantly–how do they differ? In this video, I talk through some of the history of Gerald Gardner’s meetings with Aleister Crowley and his […]Read more "Video: Wicca, Thelema, and True Will"
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"
To celebrate the release of Qabalah for Wiccans, I joined Patti Negri, the host of The Witching Hour with Patti Negri, to talk about Qabalah, witchcraft, and magic. You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/qabalah-for-wiccans-with-jack-chanek/id1510679547?i=1000544790285Read more "My Appearance on The Witching Hour"
We’re only one week away from the release of my first book, Qabalah for Wiccans. This time next week, it will officially be out in the world, for anyone to read. Honestly, it doesn’t feel real. I’m excited, and nervous (so extraordinarily nervous), but not nearly as excited or nervous as I thought I would […]Read more "Qabalah for Wiccans"
What is the relationship between witchcraft and astrology? Is there such a relationship at all? In this video, I talk a bit about the diverse practices under the umbrella of astrology, how they do (or don’t) relate to witchcraft, and why many witches seem to be turned off of astrology in general. I also talk […]Read more "Video: Witchcraft and Astrology"