Between the ShadowsGodspousery: Mysticism and the Hieros Gamos
One of the more interesting phenomena I've encountered in Paganism is something known as godspousery. For those unfamiliar, these are people who have intimate, often sexual, relationships with deities. It's a matter that presents a certain amount of discomfort. For one thing it questions the nature of reality.
Born Again WitchA Witch’s Guide to IKEA Furniture Assembly
Let there be reverence and mirth, says the Charge of the Goddess. Sadly, assembling IKEA furniture is an enterprise that affords me neither. I thought I would use the tools of the Craft to create a helpful guide utilizing grounding, magical tools, spells, invocations, and for better or worse, familiars.
John BeckettWhat I Learned From Isaac Bonewits
Scholarship matters. Fuzzy targets yield fuzzy results. Why not excellence? I learned a lot from Isaac Bonewits – future generations of Pagans will too.
Sermons from the MoundRelational Polytheism: Standing Beside The Gods
Being in right relationship with our fellow embodied beings, and in right relationship with our ecosystem, will do more to bring us into right relationship with our deities than any amount of worship. Yes, we need to make that inner connection with the spirits of place, the spirits of the land, and the deities, as part of our awareness of all the interconnected relationships of the nested interconnections of being in which we live. But deities, land-wights, animals, humans, are all part of that web of relationships.
Raise the HornsDeities Matter
A friend of mine sent me his working script for Mabon Halig the other day and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. The ritual its self I found quite lovely, and if... [Read More]
Energy MagicJosh Duggar: Why He Is Relevant to Pagans
This week, several articles on Josh Duggar popped up on my Patheos feed as news of his marital unfaithfulness spread across the interwebs. Not on Patheos Pagan, mind you,... [Read More]
AgoraWhy I am Still a Heathen
Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! Patheos is doing a summer series called “Future of Faith in America”. The Pagan channel’s... [Read More]
The Allergic PaganIf It Doesn’t Help Me Save This World, I Don’t Want Your Polytheist Revolution
[A note to readers: Eilidh Nic Sidheag wrote this in a comment below: "I can't answer for John [Beckett], but for me, “putting the gods first” is a bit like “putting self-care... [Read More]
John BeckettThe Future of Polytheism: Keeping the Gods at the Front
It’s somewhat ironic that in the same month where I attended a major polytheist gathering and gave a presentation on how we can’t predict the future I find myself writing about... [Read More]
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