You can take your pumpkin spice lattes and….

All you fall-lovers can go to hell. Happy Autumnal Equinox, you smug bastards. All right, all right, enough of that. I'm baiting you and indulging myself - on purpose, of course. The truth, as ever, is more complicated. My baiting indulgence and cruel cursing is rooted in a couple of factors. For one, I've noticed a [...]

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Summer vacation is over

[Author's Note: This was initially written several days ago, but not posted immediately.] Some, unready to let go, may accuse me of jumping the gun here. Labor Day isn't until next week! September doesn't even start until Thursday! And technically, summer doesn't even end for three and a half more weeks! All true - though [...]

Real-Time Ruminations from the Tectonic Spring 2016

You didn't think I was just gonna tell you jokes about the spectacular spiritual bombardment that is 2016, and then just wish you luck and bail, did you? Come onnnn, that's not my style. There's more behind everything. Contained below are three entries in what could be considered the Wizard Captain’s Log of the Wizard [...]

2016 is batshit, good luck

When an associate of mine - we can call him Brother Theodore - completed a shamanic journey earlier this spring, I barely waited a token polite interval to give his brain the chance to reconstruct itself before reaching out to talk to him about it. There wasn't anything unreasonable about this, really. The whole point [...]

Happy Winter Solstice – Love, Your Wizard

New year's day might be a week and a half away, but the blessed sun cares nothing for our petty calendars. To the sun, the new year just started - just now. Happy 2016, everybody. Happy solstice. May your year to come be filled with blessings, May what curses come bring with them learning, May your joy [...]

Don Draper Gets Drunk (Welcome Back to the Holidays, Part I)

One Way of Going About It In the Emmy Award-winning drama series Mad Men, creative genius ad man Don Draper employs a very simple solution whenever he gets stuck trying to come up with an idea. First, he begins drinking liquor – Scotch – to start off the morning. By lunch, he has a great [...]

It’s OK to talk to dead people if you want

October is the month in which we bear witness to the precise opposite of spring. Some years, like this one, we see this made manifest in brilliant and awe-inspiring fashion, but whether the deciduous leaves delight us for weeks with tons of fire or skip stubbornly right from green to brown, then straight to the [...]

Happy equinox: Another season come round again at last

A few nights ago, in the midst of a boisterous crowd around a fire, a friend of mine kept stopping me midsentence: "Wait, wait, hold on, just a second," he'd say, holding up his hands out palms forward, fingers to the sky. "Just hold on and look at all this. Look how perfect all this is." He [...]