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?"
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I talk about studying the history of Wicca and Witchcraft, ideas that are now outdated, and why I think it’s still worth reading the books those ideas came from so long as we contextualize them as primary sources.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?"
I like to believe I’m a smart person. I think critically. I have a master’s degree in philosophy and I’m working on my Ph.D, and contrary to popular belief, academic philosophy is not, in fact, a free-for-all of sloppy thinking and vague bullshit. My discipline is overwhelmingly, exhaustingly oriented toward rigorously defined concepts and motivated […]Read more "Ten Doubts About Magic"
There’s a concept that floats around in the occult community, often called the “Magician’s Pyramid.” The concept, though not its name, originates in Éliphas Lévi’s Transcendental Magic: To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions – an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity […]Read more "The Circle, the Pyramid, and the Wiccan Temple"
It’s longstanding wisdom in Western occultism that there are multiple planes of existence above the material. Thanks in large part to the influence of Mme Blavatsky and the Theosophical society, the number of planes that gets discussed most often is seven: One physical plane, and then “upper” and “lower” planes corresponding to the astral, mental, […]Read more "The Astral is Enough"
New video on the YouTube channel! Answering questions from the #GetToKnowYourWitches tag.Read more "#GetToKnowYourWitches Tag"
Have you ever heard of “SMART” goals? It’s a trite human-resources motivational speaking aphorism that gets bumped around in certain middle management corporate retreat sorts of environments. “SMART” is an acronym. SMART goals are said to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Sensitive. S-M-A-R-T. Trite though it is, it’s damn good advice. When setting goals […]Read more "Getting SMART About Witchcraft & Magic"