Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Halloween and Samhain

The season of Halloween is fast approaching, and with it, the opening of several different silly seasons. It's the season for racists to dress as caricatures of other ethnic groups. It's the season for journalists to find the gothiest witches they can, and write dramatic articles about them. And it's the season for spooky films on TV, and (gods help us all) pumpkin spice latte.

Monday, 24 September 2018

inclusive Heathenry

There's an excellent article about inclusive Heathenry by Karl E. H. Seigfried on The Wild Hunt Pagan news blog.

He points out that it's all very well saying you're inclusive, but do your deeds mirror your words? He offers a number of really great practical suggestions for doing the work of building an inclusive community.
There is great value in crafting well-written and thoughtful statements to share with the wider public in print and online, but the words should be backed up with deliberate action. ... Let’s show the world that we not only oppose exclusion in principle, but that we actively promote inclusion through our actions.
Even if Heathenry isn't your thing, I would strongly urge you to read his article, and when someone you meet trots out the idea that "all Heathens are racist", point out that the vast majority are not.

Incidentally, to the best of my knowledge, the first person to use the term "inclusive Heathenry" was Jenny Blain (author of Nine Worlds of SeiĆ° Magic), about 20 years ago.

After the jump: a list of inclusive Heathen organisations...

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Anti-racism 101

This post was originally a tweet thread, but quite a few people wanted me to turn it into a blog-post, so here it is. I haven't changed the order I wrote this in, just added relevant links.
Harmony Day (5475651018).jpg
Harmony Day, CC BY 2.0, photo by DIAC Images.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Great new resource for trans allies

Rachel, the Trans Philosopher, has developed a great resource for allies of trans people, entitled The Ultimate Transgender FAQ. Check out her website for more articles on the philosophy and embodied experience of being trans.

The FAQ is highly recommended whatever your gender identity and attitude to trans people - I guarantee you will learn something.

Monday, 19 February 2018

New book part 2: The night journey

The night journey: witchcraft as transformation

by Yvonne Aburrow
Paperback, 364 Pages
The night journey: witchcraft as transformation
Preview
Price: £15.99

This book is aimed at witches who want to deepen their engagement with their Craft. It explores modes and types of ritual; how rituals work; the uses of sound and silence in ritual; the witch’s journey through life; the stages and pitfalls of the inner work. It shows how Queer Witchcraft is an inherent aspect of the archetype of the witch; how witchcraft relates to the land; witchcraft as resistance to oppression; working with ancestors; the witch’s pact with spiritual powers; the relationship between madness, shamanism, and witchcraft; and the concept of the night journey, another very old image from the history of witchcraft; how to use insights gained from the practice of witchcraft in everyday life; group dynamics; being a coven leader; teaching and learning in a coven; egregore, lineage, upline, and downline; power and authority; the process of challenging oppression; how to evaluate your Craft; the meaning and purpose of ‘spirituality’, religion, and magic; the archetype of the witch and what it means.

When I was writing Dark Mirror, I didn’t realise until I stitched all the files together that I had written 150,000 words. So I thought the best thing to do would be to split it into two books, and this is the second of the two. Its focus is more on traditional witchcraft, the land, and resistance to oppression. I chose the title partly because a friend commented that she really liked the phrase, partly because the concept was so central to ideas of witchcraft in past centuries, and partly because of its resonance with other esoteric traditions.

Each book is readable as a separate volume. 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

New book: Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror: the inner work of witchcraft

Dark Mirror: the inner work of witchcraft
Inner work is a name commonly given to the inner processes that happen in ritual. It can also mean the transformation of the psyche that comes about through engaging in religious ritual. However, the best kind of inner work also has an effect outside the individual and outside the circle. When rituals are focused only on self-development, they tend to be a bit too introspective. Ritual is about creating and maintaining relationships and connections - between body, mind, and spirit; with the Earth, Nature, the land, the spirit world, the community, and friends. It is about making meaning, weaving a web of symbolism, story, mythology, meaning, community, and love. Creating a community that welcomes and celebrates diversity. Creating strong and authentic identity to resist the pressures of consumerism and commercialism and capitalism. Weaving relationship with other beings: humans, animals, birds, spirits, deities.
Buy now | Price: £15.99  | Paperback, 365 pages

Saturday, 20 January 2018

An inclusive wheel of the year

Some versions of the Wheel of the Year (the eight festivals of Wicca and Druidry) can feel excluding, particularly those that focus on the God and the Goddess interacting through the cycle of the seasons. This mythological construct excludes both polytheists and LGBTQIA people. Some versions of the story are uncomfortable for feminists, as they don't exactly promote consent culture.

For all sorts of reasons, then, I prefer to go back to the original mythology and symbolism associated with the festivals.

☽ ♡ ☾