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    One Mage’s Opinion

    One Mages Opinion On Owning Your Holidays Every year, I come across a lot of people with what I call “Holiday Derangement Syndrome”.  Basically, they have let the madness that can be an unfortunate part of this season warp both their perspectives, and their priorities.  They become obsessed with getting things, having stuff, and meeting goals that are all to often unobtainable.  And because of this self-created stress, they go around being rude and horrible to everyone in their path.  Now to be quite honest, I think such behavior in general is just abhorrent and wrong.  But in Pagans?  Especially those of us who practice Magick?  It is inexcusable.  You…

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    One Mage’s Opinion: If You Complain About It They Will Come. Pagan’s have an uphill battle when it comes to being understood and respected by the mainstream.  Because there aren’t really a single set of tenets that all Pagan’s agree upon it can be tough from the outset to get people to understand what we are about.  The tendency of the media to focus only on the most surface of images of Paganism usually not caring to let anything as petty as fairness or dare I say research get in the way, gives us an additional hurdle to clear.  Add other factors like the tendency of many to equate Magick…

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    One Mage’s Opinion

    One Mage’s Opinion: We Are All Eclectic! I have no spirituality. Or at best I am a dabbler and a dilettante. At least that is what some people both within and without the Pagan community think of me. Why is this you might ask? Simple; because I am what is known as an Eclectic Pagan. An Eclectic Pagan is one that has shaped their beliefs and practices by drawing from a wide array of ideas, systems, and practices. An Eclectic might work with a Patron Deity from a Greek Pantheon, yet might do magickal workings in the style of a Shaman, and regularly practice Buddhist style meditation. Or in the…

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    One Mage’s Opinion: The Hidden Danger From Isaac Bonewits’ Passing

    This last August, well known Pagan author Isaac Bonewits passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. His importance to Paganism was vast, and I have no doubt that there will be a great many tributes written, all richly deserved. However, while Paganism has lost one of it’s most powerful and original voices, I suspect that it will still manage to go forward without too much difficulty. There is however a particular aspect of Paganism, that I fear may suffer dearly because of his loss. I’m speaking of Magick, especially magickal ethics. There is a tendency among many Pagan authors to treat magickal ethics as if the subject were terribly…