The Zen Pagan: Contemplative Druidry by James Nichol (Book Review)

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Nichol came to be interested in a more contemplative approach to his Druidry after a mystical experience in June 2007, “triggered simply by noticing and contemplating a wild rose, growing on the banks of the river, an experience “which only “lasted a few moments” but caused “a subtle shift of awareness” for several weeks, where he “woke up every day with a sense of joy and connection.” This experience eventually led him to renew his study of the Shambhala school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other forms of Buddhism, and then to propose to the OBOD leadership a program of “contemplative exploration”. This book is the result of that exploration. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Being A Pagan Father

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Holy crap I’m going to be a father. Holy Crap I’m Going To Be A Father. HOLY CRAP I’M GOING TO BE A FATHER. [Read more...]

Socially Responsible Magic: The Reality of Racism Can’t Be Ignored

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Racism is part of our lives. It’s time we acknowledge that and start working to change it. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: When the Gods Become Characters – Fiction and Faith

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It’s been a really interesting experience writing mythology-based fiction, particularly when it comes to creating characters out of gods and goddesses who may be familiar to me. Although my nonfiction stems very much from a place of personal truth, my fiction is just that: fiction. Still, it can be challenging to craft a character out of a deity. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting Around #Ferguson and Social Justice News

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When faced with my son’s frustration and hopelessness about racism, I sought the advice of his aunt, Crystal Blanton, pagan author and social activist. “Validate that sense of hopelessness,” she told me. “That sense of hopelessness is the first step to action because it shows a full understanding of the scope of the problems faced.” [Read more...]

What’s New at Patheos Pagan (Dec 2014)

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Broke-Ass Witchery, Reclaiming Witchcraft with a Jewish Twist, and the Craft of the liminal: new blogs on Patheos Pagan! [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: #Ferguson: Righteous Anger and Wrathful Deities

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As a power hierarchy becomes more and more unjust, of course more brutal and repressive means will be necessary to preserve it. “No justice, no peace” is not a threat, it’s a moral law of the Universe: injustice can survive only under a rule of force, which generates its own opposition. Or as the Discordian Law of Eristic Escalation says, “Imposition of Order = Escalation of Chaos.” The occasional appearance of this sort of police state is a logical consequence of the fundamentally Neolithic structure of our civilization and our mainstream religion, of a culture that believes that “property” is real but that “mysticism”, the direct and immediate aesthetic religious experience, isn’t. [Read more...]


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