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October 2011 Archives

Samhain and My Last Day with Wicca

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Last night many Wiccans and Pagans alike celebrated Samhain, the last fall festival of the year when the God dies and travels to the Summerlands (thus life begins to fade from the land), and a new annual cycle begins. This […]

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My Wiccan Mentor Comes to Town and I Meet My Spirit Guide.

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Oops, I did it again. This is when I wish I had a camera crew or producer following me around because yesterday was a once in a Project Conversion moment and– OH MY GODDESS I forgot to take pictures! So […]

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The Trouble with Being a Pagan Today.

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At the beginning of the month, a few Pagans (particularly within the Wiccan community) issued me a list of hard questions. Was I willing to face discrimination for my new Wiccan personae? Could I stomach threats to take away my […]

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Do Not Suffer a Witch to Live.

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Exodus 22:18 is one of the most infamous passages of scripture ever written. I’ve read several translations, slipped between the lines and context, even gone into the Torah and Talmud, and at the end of the day, it still plainly […]

My Little Black Book of Shadows

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They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are brand new. Others are passed down from generation to generation. You can find a few on bookstore shelves. Others are heavily guarded secrets. I’m talking about a Wiccan or Witch’s “Book […]

Magick: The Art of Influencing the Universe

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If prayer is communication with and supplication to divine forces, magick is the independent technique of influencing the world around us with or without the assistance of a divine being. This is why  some Pagans (particularly solitary Witches) are atheistic. […]

Helping People Calm Down About Wiccans

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Today should be interesting. We have some family friends–we’ll call them the Smiths–who have looked forward to this month for a long time. You see, Mr. Smith has a sister who’s getting married in December…to a self-proclaimed Wiccan! Scary stuff, […]

Hey Andrew! You Don’t LOOK Like a Wiccan…

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Last night after the kids’ soccer game, a family friend walked up to me and said, “Oh wow! You look weird not looking weird! You know, with the turban and the knife…” I suddenly felt self-conscious, as if I was […]

What Happens if I Die as a Wiccan?

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There’s a running joke among my close friends that after this year is over, once I die, I’ll have my bases covered for the afterlife. I hope the divine has as good a sense of humor as my friends… Every […]

The Yearly Sabbats: Celebrating Change

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Within many traditions, holidays and special dates often commemorate an event or a person. For example, Vesakha (Buddha Day) celebrates the life and actions of Lord Buddha. Christmas recognizes the birth of Jesus Christ (even though it is generally agreed […]

To Go Solitary or Join a Coven…

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I’ve done it a few ways so far this year: Totally alone, with a large group every week, occasional visits…But the question is, is it better alone, or with a group? Get your heads out of the gutter, folks. We […]

Dreaming of the Goddess

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In Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad and the Odyssey, we see one of the greatest interactions between the gods and humans in literature and lore. Of those interactions, one stands out in bold contrast to the rest: The goddess Athena […]

Making Magick with Music

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Part of Project Conversion’s mission is finding common threads which run through each faith. One of the greatest threads, is music. Name one religion without some form of music: Chants, hymns, mantras, remixes…go ahead, I’ll wait. Couldn’t find one, could you? Neither […]

A Bone to Pick with the Goddess

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When I was 14 I wanted a pair of pants so badly, I would do anything for them. I begged my mom fro them day and night. She didn’t particularly like how baggy they were or that they were associated with punks […]

Handcrafted Pentacles and Wiccans in Hiding

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A few days ago I made a pentacle necklace by hand. Remember, a pentacle is a five-pointed star set against a circle. Here is a photo of my necklace: Not too bad huh? I made this out of an old […]

What my Backyard Taught me about Wicca

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Yesterday, it happened. It happens every month: A glimpse of understanding, a moment of Satori when suddenly, I connect and chaos briefly resembles order before dispersing again. The first week of every month is about rituals and practices. Here is where […]

My Daily Devotions and Meditations to Honor the God and Goddess

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Merry meet and good morning! Today I’d like to share my process for daily devotions and meditations to honor the God and Goddess widely recognized in many Wiccan paths. Disclaimer: It’s become evident this month that a few folks don’t like […]

I Commune with Faeries. Well, if I can Find One…

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Nearly every faith I’ve explored so far this year has them: Creatures that often straddle the spiritual and physical realms of reality. In some cases, they remain exclusively in the spiritual world, never to be seen by humans. In others, […]

Shamanism: Playing with Fire and Getting Burned

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It was late July, 2003 and I had just moved out of the dorms and into my first apartment in college. My other roommates wouldn’t be there for another two weeks, so I had the whole four-bedroom apartment to myself. I […]

My Wiccan Altar

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Of all things I looked forward to this month, I probably geeked out over the altar the most. While Wiccan’s of a particular tradition might have similar features in their altars, this sacred space is much like a Wiccan’s spiritual fingerprint: No two are ever exactly […]

Andrew Bowen: Wiccan Edition

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Every month, I die and rise again. Like a Phoenix, my spirituality ignites every 30 days and a new faith rises from the ashes. This month, those ashes reconfigured into the path of Wicca. Merry Meet, Blessed Be, and welcome to […]

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Is God an Immersionist?
In the world of faith, folks often point out the obvious fact that God does not belong to a particular creed, religion, race, or school of philosophy. This sentiment establishes the divine as one which transcends divisive terms of affiliation. But I am here to announce that a brief exploration of

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Immersion in Relationships: Five Ways to Bring your Relationships to Life
I did something last night with my wife that we haven't done in a very long time... Okay, not from that far back, but it certainly feels that way. Last night, we had a date night. N

posted 10:58:33am Jul. 10, 2012 | read full post »

The Path of Immersion: An Introduction and How Entering the Path Leads to a Deeper Sense of Self
Today marks my official declaration of fidelity and discipleship to the Path of Immersion. Along with that declaration, I also invite you to join me in whatever capacity feels the most suitable. The Path of Immersion is not one which demands conversion, evangelism, worship, or exclusivity. Along th

posted 6:00:19am Jul. 09, 2012 | read full post »

Farewell, Project Conversion: The End of an Adventure
When I converted to Christianity at the age of 15, I assumed the faith with a passionate resolve. Despite the positive instruction from my pastor and others, I (for reasons I cannot explain) transformed into a fiery evangelist, launching Christianity at friends and strangers like salvos of religious

posted 12:49:25pm Jul. 05, 2012 | read full post »

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