The Zen Pagan: I Don’t Know

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Some teachers have called this “don’t know” the very heart of Zen. There are many layers to it, but one of the most important is its warning against certainty. [Read more...]

Making Light: Hephaestos

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Bury everything I’ve made and very little of my industry will survive a thousand years to be studied by archaeologists apart from a little bit of pottery. I’m a textiles person and a painter. But here we have a guy who works with metal and gears who gets it. While that’s not my art, I have a very deep appreciation for the minds of makers in all the arts. Athene is software; Hephaestos is hardware. When both function together, they are more than the sum of their parts. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Adaptability

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Our community can be very opinionated. Everybody who has ever bothered to peruse the Pagan Blogosphere (or seen more than two Pagans try to have a conversation) knows that our community is constantly arguing with itself. In matters of religion, it’s easy to become stuck in a specific line of thinking. When someone calls into question an idea which we hold dear, it’s normal to feel defensive. That’s perfectly natural (and completely understandable), but it’s important to know how to choose our battles. The knee-jerk reaction that causes us to shut down and play defense can also keep us from taking in important new information. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: What Does It Mean For the Gods to Exist?

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To answer the question “Do the deities exist?”, we need to answer two questions, just two trivial little matters: 1) What is a god? 2) What does it mean to exist? [Read more...]

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Alone In Her Presence: An Open Heart and a Naked Soul

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I have come to know the Goddess as the vessel of our most intimate self. Whether in worship, public ritual, or alone in her presence what the Goddess has provided me is a vessel. Sometimes this is a liminal vessel whereby we are standing on the edge of magic, and other times it is simply holy emptiness. Shallow or deep this vessel is the fertile mantle I build my Spiritual practice upon. It is where I touch suffering, and release it. It is where I set my intentions for the world, and invite transmutation of personal karma [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Strength

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Today we will be continuing with part 3 of our newest series: “Pagan Life Lessons”. The Lore teaches us that the value of “strength” is not simply a matter of shrugging off our problems. I believe that same virtue can help us become better people by teaching us what to DO with our most difficult experiences. [Read more...]

Making Light: Aphrodite

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It seems fitting to turn my thoughts toward Aphrodite during the month of February when Valentine’s Day is on the minds of those who wish to express their love and those who would rather not speak of that day, as my eldest daughter puts it. Truthfully, I don’t have a very close relationship with Aphrodite, but She has always helped me toward excellence in sometimes very intimate ways. [Read more...]


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