The Busy Witch: Why Buddha Touched the Earth: Zen Paganism for the 21st Century, by Tom Swiss (Review)

Like Zen and like Paganism, readers will take away from this book whatever matters most to them, and that’s a powerful thing. As Swiss reminds us, “it is the key to meditation, shamanism, and magic in all their forms: change your mind, change the world” (pg. 113). [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Pagan Author, Christian Characters

It’s a shame that someone seeing ‘Druid’ in my autobiography would assume that means ‘hates Christians’. The track record of relations between Pagans and Christians is not what it might be. I live in hope that will change in my lifetime. [Read more…]

Remembering Nelson Mandela: A Reflection by Selena Fox

Let us remember Nelson Mandela and celebrate his life, legacy, and good works which have inspired so many of us. May we take inspiration in carrying on the quest for interfaith understanding and collaboration for freedom, justice, reconciliation, equality, and world peace. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Tea Party Paganism

Let me reassure you that you did NOT misread that title! There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We control the horizontal. We control the vertical. Tea Party Pagans. They apparently exist. C’mon, you know you want to read more! [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Defined but not Confined

Imagine that, on the street, you see a woman wearing an odd T-shaped necklace with a tiny man on it. You recognize it as one of those “Abrahamic” things. Intrigued, you approach her and ask, “What do Abrahamics believe?” Asking what Pagans believe makes about as much sense… so what’s the right question to ask? [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Christio-Pagans

Whatever you do in response to Christio-Pagans, please, don’t fear and resent them because they are different. Don’t feel threatened by their unfamiliarity. Don’t let prejudice and assumption lead you; meet them as individuals. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Friends in Wyrd Places

A Heathen attends a Renewal Judaism celebration of Sukkot! Sometimes we set out to find our allies, those of kindred spirit and like mind, and we find our list of friends seeming thin. Other times we brace ourselves before dealing with the outside world, and instead we find friends in wyrd places. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: The “Agnostic Chair”

If there is one thing that every parent in the history of EVER can probably agree upon, it’s that children have a way of turning your plans right on their head. So while I was confident that I knew how I would want to raise my children in theory, the application of that theory is whole different ballgame. So, of course, as soon as I had written this piece the universe decided it was time for me to get some practice. [Read more…]

Pagan Interfaith Work through the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy

Guest post from David Dashifen Kees. The Foundation for Religious Diplomacy is an organization dedicated to the respectful exploration of religious differences. Kees has been working with other Pagans as well as with John Morehead to investigate the feasibility of a Pagan chapter, and you can help. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Seeking God, Found by Goddess (Why I Am Pagan)

When I was a child, I wondered why God had stopped talking to people in the cool of the evening, as we walked together through lovely gardens. Years later, in a guided meditation, I found myself in a beautiful garden. A glowing female form approached and embraced me. Who was She? [Read more…]