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Under the Ancient Oaks

Top Posts on Patheos Pagan in 2014

There’s been a lot of good writing on Patheos Pagan over the course of 2014. Here are my favorite posts, in no particular order.

Voodoo Universe

Facts About Frankincense – The Myth, Magick, and Medicine

Magickally Frankincense has many uses. It is said to bring on peace, release stress, and connect one with the divine. Some believe it helps to connect the lower chakras with the solar plexis, and move the energy up to the higher realms.

Between the Shadows

Seekers and Guides: Introduction to Intent

"Intent" is the Wellspring of All Magick. I find that many people believe that they know what this means and how to do it, but in practice, forming clear and precise Intent, and willing it to happen, is not nearly as simple as it sounds. It takes training and effort and work! In order for your Intent to be effective, quite a few things must come together at once . . .

Agora/The Zen Pagan

The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.

Sermons from the Mound

Diverse communities are less racist

The subjugation and oppression of Black and brown people is part of the dominionist, capitalist, exploitative approach that says that the Earth is there to be exploited and subjugated, and so are other people. it is part of the worldview that claims that industrialisation and mechanisation will lead to increased human happiness, whereas in fact it has led to destruction of habitats, eradication of indigenous people and their life-ways, oppression, and alienation - and the view that any culture that does not buy into the myth of progress and the cult of consumerism is somehow more primitive and less civilised than the over-consuming West. I cannot see how any of this can ever be part of Paganism, and yet there are many Pagans posting racist comments on blog-posts about systemic racism, Ferguson, and the Black Lives Matter protests.

Gateway Goddess

Love and Artistry Bring Back Songs of Babylon and Sumer

Just as some Pagans have made it their life’s task to recreate the ancient religious practices as best they can, so too have modern musicians sought to recreate the ancient music of old Sumer and Babylon. "The Flood" is the result.

Raise the Horns

Celebrating Yule

I've always thought of Yuletide as the "most Pagan" of all holiday seasons. So many cherished holiday customs have survived from pagan antiquity into the present day and Midwinter is full of Pagan and secular stuff that makes for great rituals and celebrations.

Pagan Families

Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

I want to use this platform in service of trying to center and amplify the voices of Black people and other people of color. Here are some essays by writers of color making the connections between parenting, racial justice, and police violence.

Numinous and Concrete

Disruption / Recommitment

Whether it is personal spiritual practice, community building, or justice of all kinds, we can stop thinking “Go big or go home” and start thinking “What is one thing I can do today?”

Greening the Spirit

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ … unless you’re depressed

The turning of the year is a traditional time to make New Year resolutions. The cycle of the seasons that we celebrate as Pagans teaches us the reality of the universe – that all is impermanence. The past no longer exists except in our memories. If we have courage, we can let go of that which we no longer need.

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