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Yuletide and the Promise of Light

  Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Blessed Yule, and a Joyful Saturnalia! What many celebrate as Christmas stems from a festive amalgamation of Pagan lore synthesized with the Nativity story as the conversion of Pagans to Christians, some willing others resisting, took place over thousands of years in Europe. While singing Carol of the Bells at maximum volume, wreath making and burning a Yule log, there’s no conflict of interest for this curious seeker. Maybe it’s being an immigrant’s daughter that makes me love celebrating a melting pot of holidays. Maybe it’s the glitzy collection of sparkling ornaments as presents rest…

Samhain Season; Honoring and Releasing Daily Deaths

All Hallows’ Eve is upon on this weekend and so begins the uniquely American tradition of “being wicked” for an evening (or an entire weekend) as we are allowed to indulge ourselves with high fructose corn syrup, vampire teeth and pregnant nun costumes. I adore Halloween for it’s mischievous revelry, a night that encourages total freedom to become an instrument of terror becoming the “trick” as an ultimate prankster or a “treat” transcending into the fantastical divine. What does your costume say about you this year? Halloween has its roots planted in the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain that was…

It’s Ecstasy When You Lie Down Next To Me: The Universality of Sexual Acts as Magic

As a teenager fascinated by the power of rituals, my first run in with Sex Magic was comical. One night after putting the kids I babysat for to bed, I enjoyed my usual routine of exploring their mother’s counterculture bookshelf that encompassed everything from Please Kill Me to Drawing Down the Moon. One night, I found The Art of Sexual Magic, by Margot Anand, an author and one of the New Age pioneers responsible for introducing Tantra and it’s use of sacred sexual practices to the broader public. Titillated I was, to say the least, so much so that I…