Oh hey, I’m on DotGay! (Plus: a crash course in Queer Qabala)

What does your forthcoming book, Queer Qabala, offer to LGBTQ+ readers that other spiritual guides don’t?

If you want two key takeaways from this book, they are:

1. Qabala is a powerful magickal tool fit for modern magickal practitioners of all sexualities and genders; and
2. Qabala is already queer, and we can make it even more so.

Through a friendly, simplified, easy-to-connect-with, and extremely queer introduction to the Tree of Life, I want to help queer people see themselves in Qabala, and help Qabala teachers of all sexualities and genders to be more inclusive in their teaching methods.

Qabala, after all, is supposed to represent the entirety of the universe and the full range of human experience, and that includes queer people and queer themes.

The Genderqueer Tree of Life workshop (video)

Hello, friends! I’ve recently polished up my Genderqueer Tree of Life workshop, and recorded it for all to enjoy. Workshop description: The Hermetic Qabala is often perceived as an old-fashioned, patriarchal magickal tool full of absolutes and gender binaries. However, a deeper look within reveals all kinds of complicated, multi-faceted, and fluid gender and magickalContinue reading “The Genderqueer Tree of Life workshop (video)”

Yule 2020: Haven’t we been doing this all #&$%ing year?

For those who celebrate the Wheel of the Year, Yule is a time of quiet, introspection, and solitude. It’s when we embrace a hygge lifestyle: one of less busy-ness and fewer social commitments, and more cosiness and rest. It’s a delightfully counter-cultural notion within a society that values productivity and busy-ness all year ’round. TheContinue reading “Yule 2020: Haven’t we been doing this all #&$%ing year?”

What does Qabala have to do with Tarot?

Qabala is the “operating system” of most modern Tarot decks. Mathematically, it works out very neatly: There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana, and 22 paths connecting the spheres on the Tree. The Minor Arcana features the numbers one through ten, and there are ten spheres on the Tree. There are four designations ofContinue reading “What does Qabala have to do with Tarot?”

5 ways to take care of yourself during a contentious election

Whether you live in the United States or not, you’re probably going to be holding your breath in the coming days and weeks to see how the national elections shake out. There is a lot at stake, particularly for anyone who isn’t a cisgender, heterosexual, abled, white man, or for anyone who doesn’t want toContinue reading “5 ways to take care of yourself during a contentious election”

Breaking the mold – Paganism for the current era

The following is a guest post by Irene Glasse. It was originally published on Glasse Witch Cottage and is being reposted here with permission. If you like this post, check out Irene’s Patreon and support her work (the rewards are fantastic)! One of the best and most beautiful aspects of modern witchcraft is that itContinue reading “Breaking the mold – Paganism for the current era”

Queer Samhain: Why should I honor my awful ancestors?

Most Americans lack a defined relationship with our ancestors, particularly those who died before we were born. We certainly don’t have a mainstream cultural equivalent of the ancestor-veneration practices in Shinto and many American Indian traditions. To address this gap of connection, many pagans and pagan groups, particularly those working in Shamanic contexts, are workingContinue reading “Queer Samhain: Why should I honor my awful ancestors?”

Gnostic Mass Heresy: Breaking OTO’s Binary

The following is a post by Sibling AYIN, reposted by permission of the author. It originated on the author’s Facebook page and was reposted on Thelemic Union. For background: In October of 2019, the O.T.O. revised their manual to enforce gender binary on their clergy – non-binary people are now excluded from serving as a Priest orContinue reading “Gnostic Mass Heresy: Breaking OTO’s Binary”

How to use gender-inclusive language for pagan outreach

You’re planning a ritual or event and want to ensure people of all genders feel welcome. But our understanding of gender is ever-evolving, as is the language surrounding it. How do write your invitation language to be inclusive of nonbinary people, agender people, and people of other gender identities? Liminal gender as a concept AsContinue reading “How to use gender-inclusive language for pagan outreach”