Pantheisticon: Sex, Gender, and the Green World

zoo baldcypress heavy with seedpods closeup

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...]

Pantheisticon: Walking (with apologies to Thoreau)

My son being very careful with a Louisiana green tree frog discovered at our community garden.

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...]

Pantheisticon: Some Post-Solstice Musings

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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...]

Pantheisticon: Sometimes, It’s Not About Us

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A few weeks ago the good folks over at Witchvox posted an article on their Facebook page from the UK Independent entitled “Police to be given specialist training to help child victims of ‘witchcraft’ beliefs.” Later in the day, the Covenant of the Goddess posted the article on their page as well. The reader reactions [Read More...]


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