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Community Self Defense -- A Benefit for Humanitarian Relief

Community Self-Defense
A basic class for Adults and Teens
Sunday, April 24, 2-4pm

This is a "pay what you will" class. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross for humanitarian relief in Ukraine. Suggested donation: $25.

This class is appropriate for adults and teens ages 13 and up. Mature content will be discussed.

More information: https://catonsville.seidomd.com/events/apr2022/

Punk Magick -- The Book

You can read my new book Punk Magick on-line for free! Of course paperback and ebook versions are also available.

Recent posts at The Zen Pagan

Artistic Opinions Aren’t Religious Virtues

Posted on Thursday October 27, 2022

I am fairly certain that, should my life ever be judged by the gods, these questions will be a hell of a lot more important than my take on how elves in a TV series should look. So, please: let's not extend our culture war into the afterlife.

Parental Death, Ancestor Work, And The Search For Love

Posted on Thursday September 15, 2022

My father is five years dead, and his death was a great blow. But I recovered from that, and the experience transformed my relationship with all of my ancestors, maybe setting my life on a whole new path.

Netflix’s Sandman Is Just Okay

Posted on Tuesday September 06, 2022

Netflix's adaption of Neil Gaiman's Sandman is...okay. Good, but not as excellent as it might have been. There are some A+ elements, but there are some things that should have been better, flaws ranging from the aggravating to the disappointing. It averages out to perhaps a B+

What We Owe The Babies

Posted on Thursday June 23, 2022

"It's what we owe the past. What we owe those who invented speech, writing, mathematics, music, democracy; our debt to the discoverers of coffee, tea, beer, wine, the lever, electricity. We can't pay them royalties on their discoveries, so we pay them forward, our user's fee for civilization."

Smoking Out The Pagan Gatekeepers

Posted on Thursday April 28, 2022

Be wild. Disrespect convention. Steal ideas, steal fire from the gods, steal the gods themselves. Because the miraculous thing about these sort of "thefts" is that they don't take anything anyway from anyone.

Recent posts at The Weird Turn Pro

When censoring fascists, who gets to decide who's "fascist"?

Posted on Sunday May 30, 2021

Giving anyone the power to label someone "fascist" and censor them is far more of a threat than a handful of Nazi punks.

1917: The Real Start of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Posted on Monday May 24, 2021

The story starts with British imperialism

Police violence: seeing the fnords

Posted on Wednesday May 12, 2021

Imposition of Order = Escalation of Disorder. "Armed with the Law of Eristic Escalation and Fenderson’s Amendment any
imbecile – not just a sociologist – can understand politics."

The Weird Turn Pro: Commentary from a weird perspective.

Posted on Wednesday May 12, 2021

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson Inarguablely, we live in weird times. So: welcome to The Weird Turn Pro. This will be sort of a companion to my blog The Zen Pagan: TZP will focus more on matters of magick and spirit, while TWTP will focus on political philosophy, commentary, and analysis.

Upcoming Events

Starwood 40

Posted on Wednesday May 05, 2021

I will be presenting at the Starwood Festival, July 13-18, in Pomeroy OH or on your computer screen.
And Saturday, July 11, after the Concert, I will be working with the Family of Fire to put on the Virtual Bonfire

Seido Karate - Outdoors

Posted on Thursday May 06, 2021

We're doing outdoor karate classes during the COVID-19 crisis. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15pm.

Open to all! We love absolute beginners!

See our website or the Catonsville Seido Karate Facebook page.

Humpback Happy Hour / Virtual House Concert, June 2, 7p,

Posted on Tuesday June 29, 2021

Grab a drink (from your own fridge) and settle in from some tunes with The Reverend Tom Swiss, in the comfort of wherever you are! Activate your telepresence device and join me for original tunes, traditional songs, and folky rock covers. Maybe a poem or three...

(A whimsical name; there will not, actually, be whales here.)


Videos on YouTube

"Punk Magick", Autumn Fires 2022

Posted on Saturday November 19, 2022

Tom Swiss speaking on "Punk Magick" at Autumn Fires at Wisteria Event Site, October 2022. Strip the art of ritual magick down to its basics and go forward with the same attitude as the punk 'zine which showed its readers three guitar chords and then said "Now go form a band."


Parental Death, Ancestor Work, And The Search For Love

Posted on Monday September 19, 2022

It’s been five years since my father died, changing my relationship with my ancestors. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thezenpagan/2022/09/parental-death-ancestor-work-and-the-search-for-love/

"Technopaganism": Winterstar 2022, Tom Swiss

Posted on Tuesday February 22, 2022

A talk by Tom Swiss from the Winterstar Symposium, February 12 2022, on the intersection between technology and the Neopagan movement: Technopaganism.

Confronting young conservatives with illegal fireworks, July 2 2021

Posted on Saturday July 03, 2021

Fun times asking young conservatives (I'm guessing by the American flag outfits and calling me a "communist" and a "liberal" and "homosexual" as insults (I'm none of those)) with illegal fireworks at the local middle school to stop rattling my windows and scaring the dog.

Haven't heard someone get called gay for having an earring since the 1980s...

I can see this school from my bedroom window. So when morons let off big fireworks over there (not talking about a few bottle rockets, but big booms), it rattles my windows. A few times I've gone over to ask folks to cut it out, and usually get an "oh, sorry". But these fine young specimens seem to want more attention, so, here you go guys.

Point is, sometimes (often, I think) you can confront people who are acting badly in a non-violent, non-aggressive manner. A lot of people are scared to do that, so, here's what it looks like: it's not really so scary.

"Punk Magick": Tom Swiss at the WinterStar Symposium, 2021

Posted on Friday February 26, 2021

Presented at the WinterStar Symposium, February 12 2021, by Tom Swiss

The Five Step Model of Magickal Ritual

1. Decide what you want. ("Set intention.")

2. Do weird stuff. ("Raise energy")

3. Make the weird stuff connect in your mind with what you want. ("Direct energy")

4. Seal the deal. ("Cool down")

5. Get off your ass!

Lecture notes and more information:



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