Hello, beautiful creatures! Welcome to my website. If you’re here, odds are even that you’re wondering who I am and what this is all about. So, let’s get right to it.
Who am I?
My name* is Misha Magdalene. I’m a multi-classed, multi-geek, multi-queer witch with a degree in gender studies and a slightly odd sense of humor. I’m an initiate of multiple lines of traditional witchcraft, including the Anderson Feri tradition and Gardnerian Wicca. I’ve also been known to dabble recklessly in both modern ceremonial magic and grimoiric goetia. I’ve been blogging since 2001, negotiating the online world since 1987, playing Dungeons & Dragons since 1981, and listening to weird music since birth. I live in the Pacific Northwest with my polymath partner, several tons of books, far too much coffee-making apparatus, and two adorably destructive black cats. My gender pronouns are they/them, and I’m always delighted to share the lengthy (and grammatically correct!) history of the singular “they” in English.
What do I do?
I write about magic.
More specifically, I write about gender, sexuality, geek culture, pop culture, philosophy, theology, religion, history, political theory, and the ways in which all of these things intersect with the practice of hands-on, DIY spirituality. From August 2017 to January 2021, I wrote the Outside the Charmed Circle blog for the Patheos Pagan Channel. During the blog’s lifespan, I wrote about the spiritual value of discernment, the inherent political nature of Pagan and polytheist practice, practicing safer sex magic, strategies for countering abuse in our communities, and the true-life story of how Dungeons & Dragons led me to witchcraft.
Like I said, I write about magic.
What do people say about me?
Here’s some of the fulsome praise readers have heaped on my head:
“Well reasoned and unapologetic… Misha Magdalene is a treasure!”
“Educational and challenging… an excellent combination.”
“Always thoughtful pieces that critique themselves.”
“Sometimes when I’m having a bad day, I just go back through this page and read all the posts I’ve missed. It helps remind me that there are wonderful people in the world doing wonderful work and talking about the hard things in a beautiful way.”
I love my readers.
And then, of course, there are the critics:
“…pretty boring and unoriginal critique.”
“This might come as a shock to you, but you’re not actually different from anyone else just because you’re gay or into magicks.”
“Just. Shut. Up.”
I adore my critics.
Whether you’re a reader, a critic, or simply curious, I appreciate your interest in who I am and what I’m doing.
* No, this isn’t my legal name, but it’s not not my legal name, either. As the kids these days say, it’s complicated.