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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Pagans

Our Marketing department very occasionally encourages us to write blog posts in the form of lists. You know the type: 5 Ways to Cast a Spell, 7 Things You Must Know About Mayans, 14 Beauty Secrets of Witchy Women, 101 Ways to Procrastinate at Work. We’ve all seen these kinds of articles on the internet, […]

Five Magickal Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Four years ago (wow, has time flown!) I made the following post to my blog. I thought that after so many years (and so many posts) it would be relevant to look at again: Have you considered making any New Year’s Resolutions (NYRs)? You know, the promises you make to yourself about changes in your […]

The Real Humbug of Scrooge

I like the works of Charles Dickens. His A Tale of Two Cities is breathtaking in its scope and plotting. But even more fascinating are his insights into the psychology and motivations of the characters. Published just three years after the birth of Sigmund Freud and decades before our modern understandings of the mind, he […]

Putting the X in Xmas

Ever since I was young I’ve had a “thing” about religion and spirituality. Although I often found myself disagreeing with various religious beliefs, or with ideas being presented as supposedly representative of various religions, I still had respect for the underlying concepts. Sometimes, I found that people would create religions not to help others, but […]

Yes, Magick Works. But Did THAT Magick Work?

There are magicians and there are those who play at magick… I was once participating on an internet forum discussing chaos magick. One person posted that the great thing about magick [meaning chaos magick] is that you didn’t have to accomplish anything, you could just do it. I asked why go to all the bother […]

Learning and Nostalgia

Photo by b r e n t A few years ago I saw an article on the internet that discussed “the best colleges.” From that time on it has seemed like every few months I’ve seen articles on the same subject. Most colleges require some effort by prospective students to get accepted for enrollment. It […]

Magick & Magicians—Tantra & Tantrics

Magic & Magicians I am a magician. I practice magick and I perform magic. I’ve been a “magician member” of  The Magic Castle, a world-famous club for magician entertainers. I have performed magic for all age groups and have entertained thousands of people. Magic, like magick, has several subcategories. Two such subcategories whose differentiation can […]

Where the “New Age” Goes Wrong

According to Thelemites, followers of the beliefs of Aleister Crowley, we entered the new age (or more accurately, New Aeon), in 1904. According to astrologers, we are either at the cusp or beginning of the new Age of Aquarius. Some say that this new age is an era of invention and universal brotherhood. Others say […]

Religion—>Spirituality—>Mysticism—>Magick

On Monday, September 10, 2012, the Dalai Lama wrote the following to his friends on Facebook(!): All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This […]

Magick and the Butterfly Effect

Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Shawn Martin Scanlon, author of Everything You Want to Know About Magick (But Were Afraid to Ask). In 1952, Ray Bradbury wrote a short story about time travel. This classic story, one of the most re-published science fiction stories of all time, deals with a man of […]