Making Sense of 2016 (Now that it’s Finally Over

Considering the fact that we may well be fast approaching the end of civilization, if not the world, we deserve a whole hell of a lot more celebration and mirth-making than we're getting. Collectively, we grasp for this in large part without any conscious awareness of the fact. There's this kind of foggy block just … Continue reading Making Sense of 2016 (Now that it’s Finally Over

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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 … Continue reading Happy Winter Solstice – Love, Your Wizard

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

The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus

Let's get this out of the way: like it or not, we are wholly defined by our relationship to the light of the world. It is accurate to state that the date of the birth of the Christ was (artificially) set in the wake of the winter solstice to coincide with both the Roman celebration … Continue reading The Sun is a Hero – and so was Jesus

Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

Well, we've sure done our fair share of reflection in honor of the high holy week, and if you know our wizard, you know there will be more. Nevertheless, we'd best get to celebrating if we're to have any balance whatsoever in our holiday experience. With that end in mind, I enthusiastically present some abridged … Continue reading Memory Lane as Viewed From On High: Highlights from 2012 Solstice Coverage

2013: Just a Box of Rain?

"We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance, For as the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield. [...] And in the streets, the children screamed, The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed, But not a word was spoken; The church bells all were broken." … Continue reading 2013: Just a Box of Rain?

2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

"I can't help but think I won't still be at this job at the end of the year - which probably means I will be fired, because I'm not gonna quit unless something really crazy happens. It will probably suck, and this probably isn't gonna be the easiest year, but it's probably necessary in terms … Continue reading 2013: Clap, Everyone – it’s Over!

Tuesday Blessing: Bright Moon, Long Nights

The light of our full moon is bright as it sets this morning. We've watched it grow, and now that growth is complete. May we understand those aspects of our own lives that have grown with it. The light of our sun, our blessed life-giver, It is at its lowest this week, and we've long … Continue reading Tuesday Blessing: Bright Moon, Long Nights

Despite Controversy, President Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Santa Claus

Maxwell Jacobson, Wizard Wire International (WWI) WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reiterating his administration's commitment to pervasive and widely criticized NSA intelligence gathering, along with the importance of the glimmering Christmas spirit within his own heart, President Barack Obama today presented the Medal of Freedom to Santa Claus and thirteen other political and cultural honorees both living and … Continue reading Despite Controversy, President Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Santa Claus

Holidays Suck, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Welcome to Advent. The most important thing about a year goes entirely unspoken because it is so intrinsically obvious: humans didn't make it. We do our math and choose cultural markers and use these tools to impose our calendars, but the year does not set the terms of our rotation about the benevolent sun. The year is … Continue reading Holidays Suck, and Why That’s a Good Thing