I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.
—Joan Didion, “Why I Write” (1976)
I’ve been in love with the written word as far back as I can remember. The power of words to reflect and create reality, to transmit thoughts and feelings from one mind to many, has been a central element of both my personal life and my professional and academic lives. I’ve been a copywriter, an editor, a technical writer, a scholar, an English tutor a ritualist, a liturgist, a theologian, a philosopher, a poet, a storyteller, and a songwriter for an indie rock band. (No, really. There are photos.)
This is my first book! It’s about gender and sexuality in spiritual and magical practice. It’s also about culture, philosophy, embodiment, history, and the lessons pop culture teaches us about power and responsibility. I’m ridiculously proud of this little book, and I’m humbled and awed to realise there are folks out there who’ve found something of meaning, value, and utility in its pages.
This anthology of witchcraft for political and social resistance includes my invocatory ritual “A Prayer to Aradia, in the Wake of Charlottesville.” With every purchase of this book direct from the publisher, $1 will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center and $1 to Emily’s List.
This issue of The Witches’ Almanac includes two of my essays, “A Queer Liminality: Exploring and Embracing the Fluid Gender and Sexuality of Witch-Gods” and “Rethinking the Cup and the Knife: Decoupling Gender from the Practice of Witchcraft.”
Phoenix LeFae and Gwion Raven, Life Ritualized: A Witch’s Guide to Honoring Life’s Important Moments
Phoenix and Gwion’s beautiful book on rites of passage includes my “Ritual for Coming Out.”
Outside the Charmed Circle
From August 2017 to January 2020, I wrote the Outside the Charmed Circle blog for the Patheos Pagan Channel, where I wittered on at some length about gender, sexuality, magic, witchcraft, devotional polytheism, philosophy, politics, geeky pop culture, and my ongoing obsession with working as many references to Dungeons & Dragons into completely unrelated topics as I could.