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Check your ethics

Over the past several months, I have seen calls to join in spellwork to mitigate the damage that the current regime seems intent on inflicting on minorities and the environment. I gave a nod to this subject in an earlier post but I didn’t talk about it specifically. Indeed, here I’m not going to talk about […]

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Smudging the Word Smudge

Recently I was scolded by a fellow witch for suggesting the use of smudging to prepare magical tools. It’s not the first time I’ve been scolded about smudging. Smudging, I am told, is a cultural practice and doing it is cultural appropriation, damaging and disrespectful. But I had lots of opinions about this, some of […]

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Watch it Buddy! My Mom’s a Christian

While Pagans like to maintain a reputation, at least among ourselves, of being open minded, accepting and non-judgemental, I have repeatedly found myself in the uncomfortable position of defending Christianity against my fellows. This invariably leads to me being accused of being Christian myself, which puts me on the defensive and later has me wondering […]

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Imposing a Magickal Moral Code (and they Tyranny of Harm None)

I hear it all the time “Harm none”. It has nothing to do with me, but I hear it all the time. Because Wicca is the best marketed of modern magico-religious paths, its Rede is trotted out whenever a moral dilemma comes up, regardless of whether anyone involved is Wiccan. Never mind that the Rede […]

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