Linkage: Community, circles, and myths

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Spiral Nature Linkage for Friday, 21 September 2018

Occulture linkage

Community is important. For more, see our community and events coverage.

Perhaps in a bid to counteract the transphobic article published earlier, The Wild Hunt has published a column on the coolness of queerness.

Thoughts on Altar: Prayer, Ritual, and Offerings, a display put on as part of Photoville in Brooklyn, New York.

Magick linkage

Does witchcraft need a new myth? On a related note, see “Not my Burning Times: Witch trials, oppression, and magical identity making” by Donyae Coles.

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Benebell Wen offers a Zoroastrian protection charm.

Finding the right deck can be a challenge. Also check out “How to buy a tarot deck” by Donyae Coles.

A guide for creating Solomonic circles.

Capitalism may periodically target witches, but you are existentially free. Still, some people remain disappointed. It’s not cool to be mainstream.

Camelia Elias on divination without meaning.

A recipe for an all-purpose magical wash. See also “A spell of awe and protection: The Washing Verse” by Vincent Ongkowidjojo.

Four Thieves Vinegar in Vodoun. Also check out “Four Thieves: From medicine to magick” by Anie Savino.

Spirituality linkage

There are problems with Charles Godfrey Leland’s translation of The Aradia — and its content — that need to be addressed.

On Pan and the evolution of our understanding of his role.

Pagans are trying to protect the United Kingdom’s ancient yew trees, and they want your help.

Thoughts on Mabon as a time to contemplate equality. Some people really hate the word “Mabon.”

John Beckett asks why anyone would take an oath to a god.

Paganism is failing at solving climate change?

Then again, perhaps we should celebrate the mighty living among us.

How to create a bubble of magical protection. See also, “How to cast a circle anytime, anywhere” by Jarred Triskelion.

Thelema would seem to be against tyranny and oppression, but some members of the Ordo Templi Orientis are into it anyway.

Reviews linkage

Queer Magic reviewed.

A review of the Tarot of Bones. For more, see “A chat with Lupa about bones.”

The Witches’ Pyramid reviewed.

A review of Labyrinth.

Traditional Witchcraft reviewed.

A review of Protection Spells.

A Cunning Man’s Grimoire reviewed.

Calls for submission

Texas State University has a call for papers for a conference titled Of God and Monsters that will take place 4-6 April 2019. Deadline: 1 November 2018.

The University of Chieti-Pescara in Italy is calling for papers for a conference titled Charms, Charmers, and Charming that will run from 22-24 May 2019. Deadline: 1 December 2018.

Bonus linkage

There’s a new Netflix series about Freemasonry, Inside the Freemasons, a chance to look inside a dated patriarchal hierarchy of (mostly) old white dudes. Anyone care?

More importantly, when octopuses are drugged with MDMA, they act pretty much like stoned ravers. Science is weird.

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