History Kicks Back: Magic, Religious discomfort, and Drama

By |2018-12-19T16:55:05-07:00May 1st, 2017|Community Conversations|

This is the second post in a four-part series describing a brief history of humanity’s attempts to define magic (here's the first post). In this post, I explore some specific points in Western history worth our attention when discussing the history which the word “magic” has weathered over time. A voluminous quantity of writing from [...]

How to Steal Power from the Gods: Myths of Trickery, Fire and Divine Paradox

By |2018-12-19T16:55:06-07:00March 29th, 2017|Transitory Thoughts|

Let’s take a quick step into cultural mythology.  One of my favorite myths is the story of sacred thieves or tricksters.  Lewis Hyde calls tricksters beings that “violate principles of social and natural order, playfully disrupting normal life and then re-establishing it on a new basis.”  It’s a really cool trope: most often a being [...]

Black History Month: Pamela Smith Jones

By |2018-12-19T16:55:06-07:00February 20th, 2017|Community Conversations|

Pamela Smith is the Smith of the Waite-Smith tarot deck, the most well-circulated tarot deck in the world. She was a bi-racial American artist, designer, editor, and writer who was born in England; she spent a significant part of her childhood in Jamaica. Her art was primarily known for its striking originality drawing from a [...]