Hills of the Horizon: Opet, Autumn, and the Wanderer

What does the common cultural motif of the god in disguise testing mortals’ hospitality have to do with the present day? And what does it have to do with an ancient Egyptian state festival? These questions, illuminated by filk music. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: the Mystery about Mysteries

We know that many ancient cultures had initiatory Mysteries of some sort or another, and we know that we can’t bring them back. What’s a reconstructionist to do? [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Village Games

Community practice in a village in ancient times would have had most people following similar customs, but that’s not always workable for modern pagans. That doesn’t mean one can’t have a meaningful Lughnasadh celebration in a group with only one Celt, though, and without giving short shrift to anyone else’s stuff. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: The Problem of Community

One of the tricky bits for a lot of people about the reconstructionist paganisms is that they were, in their original formats, the religions of an entire community. And, unfortunately, the odds are that if you’re specifically looking for a religious community comparable to what ancient people had, the answer is, “You don’t.” [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Put Fire On It

I have a deep-thinking oldest child, who is fascinated by a number of things. There’s a fire there, something burning to know, looking for answers. I didn’t put the fire on her; she makes it herself, and she asks me questions. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: A Defense of Sacred Kingship

Several years ago, I took a trip out into the sticks for a Beltane ritual. Some folks out there needed a May Queen, and through a sequence of coincidences I happened to be both available and qualified. It was a short-term gig in sacral rulership, with my blessing sought to help with the fertility and health of the land. It’s one of the things that I think about when I poke my nose into debates and discussions about sacred kings. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology III – the Doughnut and the Dice

One of the things about stories is of course the way they keep turning up, over and over, in variable forms. A story about the voices of the ancestors. And about meditating doughnuts. And an imaginary alien. They’re all the same story, in the end. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology II – The Eye of the Story

We look for stories that speak to important things in our lives. And here is a story about recovery, about disability, and about being holy, embedded in the nuances of a myth. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Dawn Unbroken

The moment of creation, the theological Big Bang, is the dawn appearing in the heart of a fragile flower. It may be the past, the first moment, but it is not gone: it is always there. [Read more…]

Hills of the Horizon: Nun of the Above

From the nothingness that was the possibility of everything, a mound emerges; Something, upon that mound, creates Creation. Sometimes it is a flower that blooms, or a Power that speaks, or a falcon, or an arch of orgasm, but there, in the midst of maybe, an actual event happens, the first event, and after that comes everything. [Read more…]