Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tomás Prower, author of La Santa Muerte, Queer Magic, and the new Morbid Magic.
I often get questions regarding eco-friendly funerals, and after writing my new book Morbid Magic: Death Spirituality and Culture from Around the World revealing the many ways we humans have ritualistically and physically given our loved ones their final send-off into the afterlife, I'm not surprised that we're starting to see a strong rise in bringing back the eco-friendly death traditions of old. Modern Pagans, particularly, are keen on not wanting to harm Mother Nature via today's eco-unfriendly funeral industry. So, can it be done? Yes...but it takes some
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tomás Prower, author of La Santa Muerte and the new Queer Magic.
Well, can they? Queer magic, on the surface, appears to be a new phenomenon. It seems like the positive result of the liberalizing of society and the globally increasing acceptance of queer individuals. With the fertile ground of open-mindedness and tolerance, queer people appear to be finally free to develop their own magic. But is this really true? And if so, is it a type of magic that hetero cisgender people can do? Should they do it?
I know, that's a lot of if/then questions in succession, but let's briefly tackle each answer one by one starting with queer magic being
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tomás Prower, author of the new La Santa Muerte.
"How can I get in contact with the spirits of the dead?"
Seems like a simple enough question, right? I mean, communing with beings from spiritual realms has been a worldwide hallmark of magic throughout the ages. Even nowadays among Earth's remaining isolated tribes of native peoples, shamans continue this age-old lineage of necromancy. So, in our modern and urbanized lifestyles today, where does one begin to learn how to gain the skills of a necromancer? Well, the secret to this skill (much like writing a good mystery novel) is to start with the ending and work your way backwards.