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What Lies Outside

The biggest struggle on the way to creating gender equality is not finding the ideal way of defining gendered existence for women, but finding ways to change the views and actions of men.  And this is no less true in spiritual contexts.  We can lift women up as goddesses and priestesses all we want, but […]

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Pick a Card

The prevailing use of tarot cards involves a randomization of the cards, taking what the shuffled deck gives and interpreting or using that as a tool.  But there are many ways of using the tarot deck more purposefully. In other words, it’s also possible for you to pick the card rather than letting the card […]

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Separate and Unequal

My biggest fundamental gender issue when it comes to spirituality is the idea that there’s a different development path for men and women.  That there’s something valuable about becoming the man or the woman that god/the universe/evolution/magic/whatever want or can help you be. Why not just be the best humans we can be? What is […]

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Poison

It occurred to me the other day that what we sometimes refer to as religious extremism or fundamentalism is really more accurately described as… Toxic spirituality. Much like toxic masculinity, it’s the weaponizing of an idea, used to elevate one group and oppress another.  And it can happen in essentially any path, any religion, any […]

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We Can’t All Be Deities

While I think it’s important to have imagery of powerful women to balance the overwhelming number of powerful men in the world and in our mythologies, there has to be a place for women which isn’t defined by superlatives.  This is especially important in spirituality.  We cannot be always looking at perfect or idealized women. […]

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Balance, Part Three

The other way I think many people tend to think of balance is in the sense of bookkeeping.  We seek to balance our karma or our energy the same way we balance our checkbook.  For what we put out, we must deposit more in, whatever spiritual resource we’re dealing with, and we want to be […]

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Global Emotional Overload

No matter what your stance is on the state of the world these days, no matter who or what you think is right and wrong, we are in a global state of high emotional response.  And what I know as absolute truth is that the vast majority of us are not equipped to handle it. […]

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Balance, Part Two

Another thing we tend to mean when we talk about balance is a sense of not being pulled one way or another by the forces around us, of keeping our footing and not struggling to stay upright, metaphorically speaking.  Like a gymnast on a balance beam, we seek to exist in a state where we […]

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Embracing our Inner Goddesses

It’s a difficult balance to strike, both celebrating women after millennia of being the oppressed gender and championing gender equality.  I strongly believe that the problems of the patriarchy aren’t solved by instituting a matriarchy in its place, and yet it can be so uplifting to embrace the power of womanhood as an act of […]

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Tarot Altar: Four of Pentacles

So, I mentioned a couple of places last month that I’d started a new spiritual practice of drawing a tarot card and, throughout the month, building up an altar of sorts centered on that concept.  Of course, what I envisioned when I conceived the idea was a lovely, introspective, fun thing. And then I drew […]