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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

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.

Technopaganism (Winterstar 2022)


Posted on Tuesday February 22, 2022

I think the first time I encountered the word "techno-pagan" was in the late 1990s, in Nancy Lebovitz's calligraphic button catalog. But when I saw that, immediately, I was like, "hey -- that's me!" And it's not just me. Any gathering of Pagan folk is likely to have a disproportionate percentage of STEM folks.

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

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:
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thezenpagan/2021/02/punk-magick-presented-at-the-winterstar-symposium-february-2021/

Zazen, addiction, and substance abuse


Posted on Monday July 20, 2020

Some thoughts about what zazen can teach us about addiction and substance abuse, from the July 19 2020 episode of our Sunday Afternoon Sitting mediation series.

There is a Japanese proverb: the man drinks the first pitcher of sake; the first pitcher, drinks the second; and then the sake drinks the man.

 

 

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