Archives for 2012

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things August

What can a naturalist celebrate in August? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles A month of blazing heat for those in the Northern Hemisphere, August follows the Summer Solstice.  It is therefore [Read More…]

Pantheisticon: Sex, Gender, and the Green World

I’ve just finished transcribing the Pagan Spirit Gathering press conference from last month regarding Dianic rituals and the inclusion of transgendered people, and it’s gotten my plant-loving-feminist-sociologist brain spinning. It was a fascinating discussion to listen to so closely, and it got me thinking about parallels between human sex/gender/sexuality and the sexual strategies of trees [Read More…]

Colorado Poets Slam Pat Robertson

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Sacred Body, Sacred Earth

Victor Anderson, one of my beloved teachers, enjoined us to neither coddle nor punish weakness. That is a difficult proposition. We make social contracts with one another all the time in attempts to not upset the status quo, and to let ourselves off the hook. Sometimes we rebel against that and go the opposite direction, [Read More…]

Pantheisticon: Walking (with apologies to Thoreau)

A couple of summers ago I took my Environmental Sociology students (all three of them—hey, it was summer!) on an evening walk around the lovely park across the streetcar line from our university in uptown New Orleans. We had been talking about bioregionalism, a kind of environmentalism that focuses on the importance of developing a [Read More…]

Gateway Goddess: Poison Ivy Vengeance – A Trickster Teacher

Small farm girl, angry with her brothers. She knows how to get even. She gathers a large bunch of poison ivy and rubs it on their skin. Revenge. On them, and on her. “She got it worse than they did,” her father said. He laughed a little, that “Kids, what are you gonna do” kind of [Read More…]

Pantheisticon: Some Post-Solstice Musings

I used to be very puzzled when Pagans referred to the solstices as “midsummer” and “midwinter,” since our modern calendar quite clearly labels those days the “first day of summer” and “first day of winter.” “Mid-” and “first” seemed mutually exclusive; how can we be in the middle of something that’s just beginning? It’s one [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things July

What can a naturalist celebrate in July? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles As the moon completes its monthly cycle, July 3rd will see a full moon, with the new moon on [Read More…]

UPDATED: Damien Echols Has An Occult Tattoo

Check it out here. Anyone want to try and translate the Theban? UPDATE: Damien translates, and describes his tattoos as talismans: These I designed myself – the talismans (points to tattoos). This is what I do, not something like portraits. I have four of these of my own design. Three on my arms and one on [Read More…]

The Spell of Making

I have been rereading one of my favorite books on the subject of crafting a ritual. The book is Blacksun’s  Spell of Making. It is a wonderful book on ritual construction that gives you a very pragmatic approach to creating the basic structure or form of any ritual regardless of your religion. I recommend it as a [Read More…]