Under the Ancient OaksThe Wakeful World
A review of Emma Restall Orr’s The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature. It’s a very readable exposition of the philosophy of animism, grounded in both reason and in our experience of Nature.
Raise the HornsChristmas Traditions: Pagan or Christian?
Christmas has long been a combination of both Christian and ancient pagan elements, but where did the individual traditions we associate with the holiday come from? Are they all Christian? Are they all pagan? Maybe some of them are a bit of both . . . .
The Allergic PaganMy Goddess is gross
"This is your Goddess," my wife said to me smiling. "It's the slimy side of her," I responded. "This is life," she said.
Pagan FamiliesBlessed by Less
Patheos Book Club: Blessed by Less offers encouragement and inspiration for all who are burdened down by “things” in their homes and hearts but don’t quite know how to begin the process of letting go.
Gateway GoddessTo Alleviate Poverty, Show Compassion
I needed a pie for a Yule potluck. Or a cake. Something. I searched through the pile on the table. This one was broken. That one was squashed. Broken. Squashed. Squashed and broken. At last, I found a cobbler with a whole and solid crust. I looked closely, not wanting to appear at the Yule [Read More...]
The Heroic PathCeltic Deities Listed by the Charities They Support
Which nonprofits would the Irish deities support? Here's a comprehensive list of suggestions from one of their priests.
Sermons from the MoundYule
The winter solstice is the point in the year when the day is at its shortest. The sun rises at its furthest south, and rises in roughly the same place for three days, hence the name “solstice”, meaning “Sun stands still”. The Anglo-Saxons called the festival Yule; the Old Norse word was jól.
A Sense of PlaceThe Train as Merkava
As economy land travel goes, a coach seat on the Empire Builder is pretty comfortable, but what discomfort there is I use. Many shamanic states are reached through the conscious use of discomfort, and allowing myself to not only accept the limitations of travel but to embrace them transforms the experience entirely.