Sermons from the MoundPagans and Money
Whenever the subject of Pagans and money comes up, there arises the vexed question of what spiritual services to charge for. The ethics of charging money for spirituality-related events is always tricky. On the one hand, there are those who argue that if they expend energy, they should be paid for it, and on the other hand, there are those who argue that money is the kiss of death to spirituality.
Into the MoundPatron Gods & Polytheism
Back when we were starting out, I fixated pretty firmly on the idea of ‘Patronage’ – that worshipers would choose or be chosen by (as you like…) a specific god who would become the god of their Altar, their House, their work. I experimented with the methods locally with some success, devised scripts and guidance materials, and it was included as a goal in the first version of ADF’s Dedicant Work. Fairly enthusiastically received, within a couple of years problems with the model became obvious.
AgoraIrish-American Witchcraft: Honoring the Liminal Gods
Although Morgan does honor the Irish Gods, respecting and honoring the aos sí is the core of her spirituality. Worshiping the liminal Gods is a vital thing, and forms an essential part of her practice of witchcraft as a religion and a craft.
AgoraAtheism, Polytheism, and Pagans: A Discussion
Polytheism. Atheism. Paganism. The writers at Patheos Pagan get together to discuss the role of deity in Modern Paganism and where we are headed in the future as a community.
Raise the HornsA Letter to Bristol Palin
Photo from Wikimedia Commons. I know you don’t know me, but we are kind of peers in a way. I write at Patheos, you write at Patheos, I read your Mom’s book about Christmas, you... [Read More]
Agora5 Things You Can Learn from a Pagan
Paganism was not even remotely on the radar in my growing-up years. Even when I began my personal journey in earnest, I sought out more visible and accessible spiritual... [Read More]
Oathbound“No Actual Witches in Your Witch Group?”
Yesterday I spent an hour on the phone with my friend Sylva, catching up after a month or two of not talking. At this point in my life, almost all of my friends are witches of... [Read More]
A Witch's AshramWhy I Am Not a Christian
Reflections on Bertrand Russell’s speech from 1927. (Read the essay online here.) This is the only essay of his I’ve read. I recommend it. It’s short, amusing and to the point. Many... [Read More]
John BeckettLetter To My Christian Friends
Pagan, Druid, and Unitarian Universalist I’ve been on this Pagan path for 22 years and I’ve been seriously dedicated to it for 14. During most of this time I’ve kept my... [Read More]
Between the Shadows6 Things That Neo-Pagans Could Learn from Polytheists
“Statue In The Park Of Peterhof” by Olga Konstantinova (public domain). Courtesy of PublicDomainImages.net. Polytheism is hardly a new concept: indeed, next to Animism it’s... [Read More]