Tagged: Wicca

Let me tell you exactly how much I hate christmas

Let me tell you exactly how much I hate christmas

Warning: This is a rant about how much I hate christmas (hint: a whole fucking lot). If you really like christmas, or if you don’t like profanity, you should maybe avert your eyes. I hate christmas. Why? Well, because people insist on pushing their religion on me and saying things like, “Jesus is the reason...

Six Years

Six Years

Today, I have been married for six years. This surprises people. We married young by today’s standards—I was only 23, and he, 24. Since then we’ve switched jobs multiple times, lost our first German shepherd to kidney disease, adopted another shepherd, bought a house, gone on many, many hikes, gotten into our fair share of...

Winter blessing Spring

Winter blessing Spring

The snow melts slowly over the candle flame, first compacting into slush and then pooling at the bottom of the mason jar. Sakura-scented incense smoke rises and curls above the altar as I hum a chant, my prayer to spring. When the snow transforms completely to water, I begin the work of planting seeds for...

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

The magic and metafiction of “The Witch of Portobello”

As a modern Pagan, it’s absolutely wonderful to see a writer treating magic and the supernatural in such a…natural way. Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello speaks frankly about magic and its place in the world, and more importantly, accepts it.

The Witch Athena may be a troubled character, but her struggles and her art resonated deeply with me. To find a character that I could relate to on a spiritual level, well, that doesn’t happen very often, and this is a book I’ll come back to because of that.