Under the Ancient OaksThe Three Centers of Paganism
There are three centers to the Pagan movement. How can someone who identifies with all three develop an integrated spiritual practice that honors the gods, cares for Nature, and refines the soul?
Religio et PietasThe Face of the Goddess
More than thirty years ago, I was introduced to a particular Goddess for the first time. Having completed a ritual, exhausted from dancing, I was sitting naked in a dark place looking into the coals as they began to die down. The fumes began to settle when that small chamber seemed to be filled with light and I felt a great energy rising up within me. Before me appeared a Lady, a Goddess, dressed in Light.
AgoraMaking Light: All Religions are UPG
I'm a religious person who believes in the reality of the divine, but I'm also a scientist. Much of what I write about here stems from my own doubts and a struggle to reconcile these two aspects of my life. This is, in its essence, a story about how I worked through doubt for myself.
Raise the HornsThe Pagan Sandbox
Modern Pagandom is a lot like a giant sandbox. There are some of us practicing Wiccan Rituals while eating cakes and sipping on wine. Another group consists of ladies singing songs of praise to the Great Goddess. Druids throw sacrifices into a fire and the Asatru honor their gods. There are lots of things going on in the Pagan Sandbox, and while we might not all agree on what game to play, most of us are willing to admit that we are in the same sandbox.
Daughters of EveLoving My Blackness: A Personal Reflection
I love how my skin is a mixture of the history of my past. It is the color of the trauma of rape, and yet is the symbol of resilience. It is the color of a revolutionary, and an agent for change.
Including PaganismBlogging as Dedication to the Search
I miss the lively conversations I and my friends had on my Gardnerians All Yahoo group a few years back. For that matter, I miss lively conversations via email in general. There seems to have been a shift in American communication styles over the last few years. I’m seeing far more use of social media [...]
Wild GardenNews Arboretum
Women of Many Faiths had its monthly meeting last night here in Columbia, SC. We loved being in the home of our Muslim friend Gul, who was hosting the meeting for the first time. Lots of people bring refreshments to share; I had a bottle of rosewater to take my hostess, whose name means “rose” in Persian and Urdu languages. I was a bit apprehensive about the meeting, however...
Pagan FamiliesBridging the Gap: Brief Review and Post Series
Book Review: Bridging the Gap is a great resource for anyone involved with any kind of group (as are we all, since groups are a defining facet of being human!)...I actually think it is best described as a user-friendly introduction to group dynamics using a variety of pagan groups as examples, rather than a book specifically about pagan groups/pagan group dynamics.
Dalliances with DeitiesFour Gods: the Laetha
Before we begin covering how to worship the Four Gods, I want to go in-depth into each of these ‘new deities’ (you want to know who you’re talking to, after all!). Each of the Four will receive their own post, and as before, questions are very welcome. These posts will cover their role in the [...]