Careening Toward a Solstice

This is the season of the forest fairies and the drunken wood-elves, of light and gold and burning life. I cannot overstate how much I love the month of June. These past couple of months seem to have blasted by, an edgy jumble of harsh chaos accompanied by an undercurrent of confidence that all is … Continue reading Careening Toward a Solstice

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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

Like diamond sunlight at noon: A Meditation for Today

I knew and I didn't know My source, my backstory, my origins - I mean everything, the real answers, The Final Objective Truth of It All. But it's never final here, In this Place Through the eyes, But it's final and true Some Place. I catch it in glimmers, like diamond sunlight at noon, Through … Continue reading Like diamond sunlight at noon: A Meditation for Today

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 … Continue reading 2016 is batshit, good luck

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

A wizard’s summer vacation (Happy solstice!)

The end of the year, the beginning of winter, the year's darkest days, the period we commonly think of as Christmastime - this is undeniably a magical time. As the cold and darkness surround us, we are warmed by our spirits and our companionship; facing the difficult days ahead, we are yet filled with mirth and … Continue reading A wizard’s summer vacation (Happy solstice!)

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 … Continue reading Midsummer’s midpoint: looking back, looking ahead

Solstice Sermon: Don’t show up early to be dead

The summer solstice should be a time to cast away stones - and why that's a good thing. The seeds that were silent all burst into bloom and decay, The night comes so quiet, it's close on the heels of the day. -Robert Hunter, "Eyes of the World" The Tao Te Ching reminds us of … Continue reading Solstice Sermon: Don’t show up early to be dead

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 … Continue reading Meditation: A solstice begs the question

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