Syncretic Electric: Shores, Oceans, and Orientations

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What if we could think of Paganism like the ocean in the above metaphor? What if Paganism was not a object, but an orientation? Maybe if we could conceive of Paganism as a way of being in the world, as a way of understanding our spirituality and our relationships, then we could think of ourselves as simply Pagan. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Why I Am a Polytheist

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It baffles me to see people come to Paganism, willfully decide to embrace all the pain and hardships that being a member of a minority faith entails, and yet stop short before they are able to really, truly, reap the benefits. Our work is not over just because we converted to Paganism. In fact, I reckon that it has only just begun. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Communities or Movements?

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Before Christmas, I wrote that Paganism could perhaps be better understood if we examined it through the lens of culture. Now, a month or so later, I feel that I must retreat a bit from that position, as I fear that my words could be understood as an attempt to silence the voices of faith. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Some Questions for Pagan Identity

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Perhaps Paganism isn’t a collection of religions, but a certain way of being in the world. Perhaps being Pagan means that we have chosen to experience the world differently than the larger society expects us to. Perhaps, Paganism has become a political position, rather than a religious one. If this is the case, then our doctrinal disputes over what constitutes proper Paganism are null and void. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: A Reflection on Mythology

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Each of us will come away from mythology with our understandings, and each of us will deploy that mythology in a way that suits us. However, it is important for us to make the effort to allow mythology to speak first to us, before we drown out its unique voice with our own. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: A Brief Reflection on Fiction

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Fiction definitely had a great impact on my life, as it continues to do. However, in the end, I was not brought into Paganism by these delightful fictions. I grow nervous when people appeal to these beloved friends of mine as support for their belief and practices, not because I doubt the sincerity of their belief or the efficacy of their action, but because I wonder how we could have read these same books and come to such different conclusions. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: We Need to be Challenged, or Why I am Thankful

Julian Betkowski

There are moments when Pagan dialogue becomes so concerned with acceptance and diversity that we lose track of the subject of our discussions and stop saying anything at all. Sometimes, I think we could do with a little less nicety. Sometimes, I think, we need to say no. So, that is why I am thankful for Galina Krasskova. [Read more...]


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