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.
AgoraDruid Thoughts: What Really Happens When We Die?
As a Druid, I feel it is much better to try and understand the mysteries of life on its own terms, not with reference to a speculative hereafter. To be a Druid is to live this life well, honourably, deeply. Not by the rules of an ancient book, but by pragmatic standards, humanistic standards, reasoned out as best I am able.
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 EveMy 30 Day Challenge: Week THREE of a Different Kind of Black History
How do we move forward in our spirits if we cannot heal the pain of the past, or even acknowledge it? This is a question I hope we continue to ask ourselves.
Including PaganismBlogging as Dedication to the Search
The name that Star Foster and I thought up for this blog, “Including Paganism,” indicates that I intend to look at lots of religions, *including Paganism,* in terms of what they have in common, of what each uniquely offers, and of what the theological invariants are that underlie all human need for religion.
Wild GardenThrough the Brambles
Getting into interfaith work is not easy. Every time I was in front of a news camera or a crowd, saying that I'm a Pagan priestess and that I support religious freedom, I was afraid my eldest daughter would be harassed at school or I'd get a brick through my window.
Pagan FamiliesSmall Adventures
I was no longer "just" a mom trying to find raspberries with her kids, I was a raspberry warrior. I braved brambles, swallowed irritations, battled bugs, sweated, swore, argued, struggled, crawled into scary spaces and over rough terrain, lost possessions and let go of the need to find them, and served as a rescuer of others. I gave my blood and body over to the task.
Dalliances with DeitiesFour Gods: the Dierne
Though I call the Clarene my holy mother, and I am building a possession practice with the Laetha, the Dierne is the god I will laugh at and harass and make especially lewd jokes about. It helps that the Dierne is a sort of patron to lewd jokes, though.