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"Careful the tale you tell; that is the spell..."
--Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods

What exactly is magic?

I believe that magic is the art of Will Made Manifest. The human spirit is indomitable-- when focused, it will prevail. History is made by powerful souls who decide that things will change. Even our language is full of references to magic. "The enchanting performer worked her magic on the crowd, and they were spellbound." We even cast votes. I've come to believe that these aren't analogies or exaggerations-- I think magic is an element of our cultures, our languages, and our lives.

I am a witch. This is my Craft. These are my Castings.

Cather Steincamp
January 2003



March 29, 2005 Death Wishes
November 17, 2004 A Prayer for Reason
June 14, 2004 Skills
May 11, 2004 Extremist Tolerance
April 7, 2004 Appropriate Response
March 7, 2004 Reinventing the Wheel
January 10, 2004 Sit Down and Shut Up
December 1, 2003 Faith-Based Reality
November 17, 2003 An Alien Point of View
October 15, 2003 Political Abstinence
September 5, 2003 Signs of Hope
August 8, 2003 Definite Progress
July 2, 2003 A Matter of Values
June 4, 2003 Personal Counterpoint
March 12, 2003 PaganSpace
January 28, 2003 Mad About Harry
(Or: Just Stark Raving Mad)
December 31, 2002 Witchier Than Thou
November 31, 2002 Grating Expectations
October 23, 2002 Avoiding Mirrors
September 30, 2002 Priorities
August 16, 2002 Conversions and Conversations
July 8, 2002 Media Madness
June 1, 2002 Post Religious Stress Syndrome
May 6, 2002 Fine Line (Part II)
Concentric Circles
April 9, 2002 Fine Line
March 20, 2002 Wiccans vs. Pagans?
February 17, 2002 The Wisconsin Witch Hunt
November 26, 2001 Political Reality
October 8, 2001 Choosing Battles
September 29, 2001 Tragedy and Triumph
July 3, 2001 The Entitlist Issue
June 4, 2001 The Burning Controversy
March 4, 2001 But What About the Children? (Revisited)
January 26, 2001 Bushwhacked?
December 19, 2000 (In) The Face of Tradition
October 26, 2000 E-mail and Propaganda
September 1, 2000 Mainstream Consciousness (Part II)
July 22, 2000 Mainstream Consciousness
June 25, 2000 Living on Pagan Standard Time
May 16, 2000 Meeting Need
April 20, 2000 Returning to Magic
March 24, 2000 Responsible Activism
March 1, 2000 Building Community
February 1, 2000 Crisis and Compromise
January 1, 2000 The Manifesto of a Disheveled Activist
December 16, 1999 Historical Context
December 1, 1999 The Witches' Wallet
November 11, 1999 A Witch By Any Other Name
October 29, 1999 But What About the Children?
October 21, 1999 The Evening of Samhain
October 14, 1999 Review: The Craft
October 1, 1999 Pagan Movie Review
September 20, 1999 The Two-Edged Double Standard
September 1, 1999 Shadows of Books
August 16, 1999 The New Stereotype
August 10, 1999 Ordinary Activism
July 30, 1999 Support your Local Witchnook
July 19, 1999 The Fashion Factor
July 6, 1999 A Good Poke at the Pagan Mirror
June 27, 1999 The Founding Father Fallacy *
June 17, 1999 The Five of Cups *
June 17, 1999 The Five of Cups *
Supplement
June 13, 1999 Opportunity Knocks *
(Sometimes With Flaming Torches)
June 7, 1999 Paradigms, Politics, and Persecution *
February 1999 Software Spirituality **
December 1998 Prime Time Paganism **
May 1998 Forward Face **
December 1997 A Good Look in the Pagan Mirror **
December 1997 You Might Be Giving Pagans a Bad Name If... **
Supplement
August 24, 1997 A Message to The Wiccan Community **


* Denotes that the column was originally published on "Catalyst's Point", which was at http://home.carolina.rr.com/catalyst from early 1999 to July 6, 1999. At that time, this website was launched (and the apostrophe and s were dropped from the title).

** Denotes that the column was originally published on "Left of Center," which was at http://leftofcenter.home.mindspring.com from August 1997 to early 1999.


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