The Old Gods

Loki as Trauma Survivor

This being a blog about trauma, most every deity I encounter gets a write up about it eventually – either in how they experienced it in the lore, or howContinue readingLoki as Trauma Survivor

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Learning About Loki

It began, as far as I can consciously tell, with John Beckett’s article about Loki’s message at this year’s Mystic South conference. As I read his report of the Trickster’sContinue readingLearning About Loki

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Lugh, Fascism, And Family Trauma: An Appalachian Lughnassadh

It’s been just over a year since we signed the papers and finally settled down on a mountaintop in western North Carolina. Sometimes I drive around town and still marvelContinue readingLugh, Fascism, And Family Trauma: An Appalachian Lughnassadh

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Appalachian Folk Magic: All About Stump Water

The magic practiced in the backwoods of Appalachia for the past few hundred years has been, by necessity, one that used what the practitioner had to hand. Before we hadContinue readingAppalachian Folk Magic: All About Stump Water

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These Sacred Mountains

It’s been raining all day today, a magical sound in the Smoky Mountains. Up here, my little farm sits at about 3100 ft, and sometimes that means the clouds wrapContinue readingThese Sacred Mountains

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So You Want To Hex a Public Figure

There’s apparently quite a controversy brewing over on Tik Tok about hexing public figures, such as Supreme Court Justices. Having cast a few successful hexes, I’m here to offer someContinue readingSo You Want To Hex a Public Figure

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The Mórrígan as Mother and More: My Appearance on Personal Pans

I had the honor of appearing this week on the Personal Pans podcast with Vanessa Walilko. We had so much fun, I feel like I’ve gained a new friend. Here’sContinue readingThe Mórrígan as Mother and More: My Appearance on Personal Pans

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Do Abusive Ancestors Grow On The Other Side?

More thoughts spurred by Tyler Henry’s new Netflix series, Life After Death. In one episode, Tyler gives a message where a departed mother apologizes for how she treated her childContinue readingDo Abusive Ancestors Grow On The Other Side?

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Appalachian Folk Magic, Hoodoo & Appropriation

Perusing Twitter yesterday as I recovered from breaking down my campsite, I came across this: Yikes. Obviously I had thoughts. I’ve left multiple “Appalachian witchcraft” groups on Facebook because whatContinue readingAppalachian Folk Magic, Hoodoo & Appropriation

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Becoming A Forest Witch

Now that I live in my own forest in southern Appalachia, it’s time to turn my back on humanity and become the forest witch we all learned about in fairyContinue readingBecoming A Forest Witch

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