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 [...]

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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 [...]

Midsummer’s midpoint: looking back, looking ahead

Once again, another big solstice holiday winds down. The whole thing is very predictable - and it should be. This is, after all, a cyclical game we're playing. The holiday approaches, I get anxious because I feel unprepared, I complain because it feels disruptive, I attempt to embrace the disruption as a necessary function of the [...]

Meditation: A solstice begs the question

Rhetorical confusion and half-baked rumination is easily dismissed but often the only way to depict certain aspects of our existence as they really are. The significance behind the solstice, to us, can well be said to be one of those aspects. May the light, the warmth, the clarity of the sun's most flawless annual blast [...]

A rare glimpse inside the mind of an insane, sleep-deprived wizard

Last week, I worked 25.5 hours in a 32-hour period, leaving virtually zero time for sleep. Just before leaving work at midnight, technically Thursday morning, I decided the best way to stay awake on the ride home was to find a speech-to-text app and yell at my phone the whole way home. I was right. The [...]

No moderation for the wizard

The superficial nature and general ineffectiveness of the omnipresent New Years' Resolutions thing should be taken as a given. Obviously, such vows, almost always health-related, as though there were nothing more to think about than muscle tone and caloric intake, are often taken in a mixture of bad faith and blind optimism and the desire [...]