In exciting news for minority faiths, USA Today reports on the first Buddhist chaplain of the US Army. For those of you who keep up with the news, you’ll remember that back in 2007 one military chaplain who tried to change his denomination from Pentecostal to Wicca was not only denied, but removed from the chaplaincy altogether. So the inclusion of a Buddhist chaplain gives us hope that perhaps, one day, there will be military chaplains representing all minority faiths.
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We are told that Mercury Retrograde is generally not the time to start something new. We certainly should avoid beginning projects or dealing with any form of technology. So why did Llewellyn decide to launch its new website?
I was thinking of this, and decided it wasn't such an inauspicious beginning. Mercury Retrograde is not as frightening as everyone thinks. While most people worry about delays and setbacks, lost mail and broken electronics, I tend to find the retrograde cycle quite refreshing.
Mercury is one of my favorite gods, and that's not just because I'm a Gemini. He's the winged messenger, a trickster and teacher. So what can this cycle do for us?
Right now, Mercury is
Because tarot is my job (as well as one of my passions), it plays a huge role in my daily life. Almost every day I’m thinking about, using, and writing about tarot: writing blog entries, articles, or reviews, analyzing projects for possible publication, reading forums and blogs, working on my own books, planning conferences and retreats, and working with the cards in my personal practice.
It is normal for me to pull a card for advice before going into a meeting. I use the cards in my journaling. I do readings about situations when I need help. I continually study to increase my knowledge. I lose myself in the beauty of the art. I collect original art or prints to hang in my office. I
Before the 1980s, most of the books on Wicca and Witchcraft talked about things you do. You go to a ritual. You do some magick. But in 1978, a sweet and for the time rather revolutionary book, Positive Magic, was published. Written by Marion Weinstein, it helped change the attitude of Witchcraft being something you do into being something you are every day of your life. It certainly influenced me and was one of the sources that led me to the conclusion that magick isn't something you do, magick is something you are.
Positive Magic blended concepts of psychology, ethics, magick, divination, self-transformation and more. It's been through several editions and is still useful as both an