Easter Is Not Named After Ishtar, And Other Truths I Have To Tell You

The Belle Jar

If there is one thing that drives me absolutely bananas, it’s people spreading misinformation via social media under the guise of “educating”. I’ve seen this happen in several ways – through infographics that twist data in ways that support a conclusion that is ultimately false, or else through “meaningful” quotes falsely attributed to various celebrities, or by cobbling together a few actual facts with statements that are patently untrue to create something that seems plausible on the surface but is, in fact, full of crap.

Yesterday, the official Facebook page of (noted misogynistandeugenicsenthusiast) Richard Dawkins’ Foundation for Reason and Science shared the following image to their 637,000 fans:

Neither Reasonable Nor Scientific Neither Reasonable Nor Scientific

Naturally, their fans lapped this shit up; after all, this is the kind of thing they absolutely live for. Religious people! Being hypocritical! And crazy! And wrong! The 2,000+ comments were…

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Editorial: The Blue-Black Stain

GODS & RADICALS

A few years ago, I lived next to a small bit of forest.   The place became my grove, my hiding place from the world, a place of raw nature and unmediated experience away from the city and the internet and people.

It became a place of ‘pure being,’ and damn I fucking loved that place. There, I could  ignore the really miserable conditions of city life. Capitalism didn’t matter there. Left/Right didn’t matter there. My rent payments and utility bills and job didn’t matter there.

The forest was Outside all that, a gate to the Other.

One day, it rained, so I hurried to the forest to go play in the stream. I loved that stream. I loved the spirits there– they always jabbing me for being too serious.  We’d play, or I’d play and feel them playing with me. In fact, that whole place was the only site…

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Lessons in Magick: Channeling Emotion

Deborah Sheedy

Image: Deborah Sheedy

“You learned to run from what you feel, and that’s why you have nightmares. To deny is to invite madness. To accept is to control.”

Megan Chance

Today’s post is going to deal with a topic that far too many people cover up, run from or deny altogether: emotions. Being a Triple Cancer myself (Sun in Cancer, Mercury in Cancer and Venus in Cancer; that Cancer placement in my love/relationship (Venus) planet is a doozy) I am all too familiar with emotions that run deep as the Ocean itself. Thing is, people just think as a Cancer and a Woman that I am emotional in the sense that I cry all the time, need to be coddled or that things upset me in a sad way; of course those moments happen, but I am run by a gamut of emotions, most notably, rage. The temper, rage and…

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Visit to Mother Moon Monastery and Herb Farm

The Witchy Bear

There’s something so magical about cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway. Maybe it’s the occasional whiff of eucalyptus trees on the ocean breeze, or the obvious magnificence of the crashing waves– but the most magical part of Southern California is Jacqueline DuBois of Mother Moon Monastery and Herb Farm. Jacqueline is thee real witch of the Orange County, and I was so lucky to get to meet-up with her and see her magical home in person.

Tucked away in the hills of San Clemente, CA and stone’s throw from the ocean, the Mother Moon Monastery and Herb Farm is the witchy cottage of your dreams. In addition to Jacqueline’s stellar natal astrology readings, she runs a botanica on her property that sells the most incredible tinctures, herbs, resins, etc.

Make sure to follow Jacqueline on YouTube and Facebook.

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Lessons in Magick: Accidental Casting

Mila Poirier

Image: Mila Poirier

“Such a simple concept, yet so true: that which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”

Garth Stein

Today’s topic is one that a lot of you will probably laugh at but I am hoping after reading this you will see how much truth there is to my crazy little theory. I think most of us can agree that thoughts are intentions, and create manifestations in our lives. We bring to us what is most like our current state. If we vibrate with negativity we attract negativity, if we vibrate with love we attract love, if we vibrate with rage we attract rage; like attracts like, the most basic Law of Attraction.

Let me side track for one moment because I…

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