The Allergic PaganNothing new under the Winter Solstice sun: Christmas as a major sabbat
Christmas (like Hallow’een) is a sublime mix of Christian, pagan, and commercial traditions. And I love it that way. Whether you are Christian, Pagan, or atheist, I say, ‘Embrace it. And make it your own!'
Voodoo UniverseFacts 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.
A Sense of PlaceBy Way Of Introduction
I look at all my friends in the sky, and to all the energies in the forest around me. I hail them, lifting my drinking horn full of mead — a sweet, traditional mead that I brewed with local honey, fresh maple sap instead of the wild spring water I normally use, wild chaga, and wild staghorn sumac — and pour an offering to the ground, saying words that have become familiar to many of us in Maine and beyond:From the Gods, to the Earth, to Us; From Us, to the Earth, to the Gods. A gift for a gift.
Under the Ancient OaksTop 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.
Agora/The Zen PaganThe 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.
Daughters of EveSolstice Hope in the Darkness of Justice
“Justice is what love looks like in public” – Cornell West The last few weeks have been filled with darkness, navigating the shadow of the time and surrounded by the harsh realities of race relations in modern day society. The coming solstice celebrations have not brought me any comfort this year, I think I have [Read More...]
Sermons from the MoundDiverse 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 GoddessLove 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 HornsCelebrating 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 FamiliesCentering 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.