Cultivating Sacred Joy

One of the many words used to describe Pagan religious practice is “celebratory.” We are a religion that seeks and honors joy, beauty, and pleasure. Rather than approaching our time in this world as a passage through a realm of shadow, we approach it as a learning experience. We go through the same life challenges…

The Magic of Communication

I have often joked that spiritworkers are the laziest practitioners under the pagan umbrella because it’s our relationships with spirits that truly make us powerful. Rather than doing all of the heavy lifting ourselves we, more frequently, tap one of the myriad of names that we keep in our spiritual rolodex; opting to utilize offerings…

Managing the Miasma

Sometimes I still do dumb things with magic.  I have many skills within the world of metaphysics at this point, but there’s one in particular that I’ve honed to a blade-sharp edge: divination. Part of why I’m able to make a decent living as a Tarot reader is simple: my predictions are usually accurate. When…

Stereotypes, Paganism, and Consequences

This essay was originally offered to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick on Sunday, December 17th. Every religion, including having no religion, has challenges that come with it. The intricacies of practice, whether or not your religious holidays require you to use vacation time to honor them, how available supplies specific to your path are,…

6 Tools for Less Drama

One of the interesting aspects of working as a minister and witch full time is the view: I see clients and interact in community enough to see patterns unfold. And, as if a December with a Mercury Retrograde smack in the middle of it wasn’t enough of a challenge, there’s a pattern unfolding right now…