They were a perfectly nice couple on the surface of things, and when I first befriended them they were happy to share advice and tell me about their lives. But as time went on I noticed that they liked to take digs at people who had something they didn’t. If…


“Do as I do” is not a leadership style, it’s a cop out

A dear friend whose mind I respect deeply recently made an observation that joined Granny’s quote from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld — “The only evil is when you treat people like things” — with Grace Hopper’s legendary quip that “you manage things, but you lead people.”

In the course of the…


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The Talking Heads Wrote the Perfect Lammas Song

We have been living in the midst of the bright, chugging energy of summer. Hot days. Long nights. Some of us are enjoying new ability to move about the community, courtesy of vaccines. We are all of us in a rhythm that has been building since those first halting moments…


Tarot cards scrambled facing up, the card marked “Justice” on top
Tarot cards scrambled facing up, the card marked “Justice” on top
photo by: Jekaterina Timofejeva

I should start by explaining that I have been a student and practitioner of Tarot even longer than I have been a witch. I have been in a relationship with the cards for more than 35 years. …


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I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of clickbait articles that try to pit generations against each other — Gen Z wants to tell Millennials they hate their skinny jeans, Baby Boomers are to blame for why everything has gone to shit, and must be shamed for…


Being a good noticer is vital to good Craft.

God is in the details, or so the saying goes. The saying, by the way, appears first in France, sometime in the early 19th Century. It is often attributed to a number of folks, including architect Mies Van der Rohe, German art historian Abi Warburg, and to French author Gustave…


How do you get what you want?

Some people never make it to this question. They get stymied on the issue of deciding what they want. They have too many choices, or they don’t like their choices. They don’t trust the Universe. They don’t trust themselves. Deciding what you want…


There’s a buzz in the air — a persistent hum that represents an intensity of activity that belies the relaxing feeling the sound can produce.

It’s the bees. And this is the time that things are getting a little hectic in the hive. Spring has sprung and the bees have…


What makes a group “good” or “bad” is not what you think it is

Opinions are not like assholes. Because most of us have WAY MORE than one. I joke around when I teach Witchcraft 101 students that if you put 10 pagans in a room you will get 15 different opinions, and all of them will be right and all of them will…


Let’s just tell it like it is. This winter was HARD. And we are all sick of this pandemic. And there’s a vaccine now — three of them actually. …

Alythia of the Ash

A believer in magic and justice and the right to be exactly as you are. Anything passing for wisdom here is likely the product of surviving my own stupidity.

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