Syncretic Electric: Looking at Our History (Part 5) — Feminism

Pallas Athene

Not every Pagan views their spirituality as a site of political action, but, for many of us, this has been one of the lasting gifts of Feminism. For the early Feminists, spirituality and politics were bound up in each other, and this action is mirrored in the eco-consciousness elements of Modern Paganism. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Materialism and Narcissism

hagar-and-the-angel-in-the-desert-1900

As a community, we need to be very aware of the risk of presenting real spiritual experience as a commodity that all Pagans are entitled to. Gnosis and other spiritual experiences must be earned, and then we must have the discernment and self-knowledge to recognize them for what they are. We cannot go into the process with the expectation of reward. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 4) – Egocentrism and our Future

Unique Snow Flake By Pen Waggener (Flickr: Unique) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It is my honest belief that a proper understanding of Paganism, its history and its present, is vital if we are going to continue to move forward as a community into this next century. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 3) – Religious Expression in the U.S.A.

New England Scenery, 1851

American Paganism, I assert, expresses the generic religious trend of opposition and difference in a particularly bold way. The average American Pagan is free both of overarching authority and of rigorous dogma. The prevalence of eclecticism in American Paganism further demonstrates the freedom of religious expressions available. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 2) – Nostalgia and Literature

Proserpine - Rossetti

Nostalgia is a powerful force in the Modern Pagan movement, in no small part because of the impact of literature on its formation. Often, when lacking real memory of the past, we have turned to literature to help us reconstruct and recreate a history that we have never really known. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at Our History (Part 1)

Diana and Her Companions

Our history as Pagans is bound up in a larger history, and in fact has been made possible by other, larger movements that changed Western culture as a whole. It is necessary that we understand how Paganism once more became a viable way of experiencing the world. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Community is More Than You

A Dedication to Bacchus, 1889

When you call yourself Pagan, you are claiming membership in that community and are making yourself beholden to it. Regardless of what Paganism represents to you, it extends beyond you, and you must be aware of the responsibilities that claiming membership to such a community entails. [Read more...]


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