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About this site

This site was created by me—Lisa Marie Basile—as a space to explore the intersection of wellness, ritual and intentional living. To explore light and shadow.

What does ritual mean to us? How does it work itself into our lives, and by what name? Whether we are secular, religious, spiritual or atheist, how can intentional practices (like ritual) help us tap into creativity, autonomy, and healing? How can we recover or understand our trauma by working through ritual? And, for beginners, how do we talk about ritual and initiate engagement with it? Is it evil? (Hint: Um, no). Will there be dancing around in the forest naked? (Hopefully).

By interviewing people for Ritual Talk (my column) and by sharing essays and other resources (like books and podcasts), this blog aims to get close to an answer (or many answers).

Oh, and be sure to check out Light Magic for Dark Times the book.

About Lisa Marie Basile

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Lisa Marie Basile is the founding creative director of Luna Luna magazine—a diary of darkness and light, literature, identity, and magic.

She is the author of Light Magic for Dark Times and poetry collections Andalucia and Apocryphal, as well as the forthcoming Nympholepsy.

She has written for the New York Times, Narratively, Grimoire magazine, Venefica, The Establishment, Refinery 29, Bust, Hello Giggles, and more.

Her work has been nominated for the Best American Experimental Writing anthology and for several Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in The Best Small Fictions, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Olen Butler. Lisa Marie earned a master's degree in writing from The New School and studied literature and psychology at Pace University. She lives in New York City.

Her work encounters the intersection of ritual and wellness, chronic illness, magic, overcoming trauma, and poetry. You can read more about her upbringing and why she practices magical living today right here.