Druid Thoughts: What Really Happens When We Die?

Old Graveyard, by Petr Kratochvil

As a Druid, I feel it is much better to try and understand the mysteries of life on its own terms, not with reference to a speculative hereafter. To be a Druid is to live this life well, honourably, deeply. Not by the rules of an ancient book, but by pragmatic standards, humanistic standards, reasoned out as best I am able. [Read more...]

Hills of the Horizon: An Introduction

The Egyptian twin-lion god Aker, with the hieroglyph for the horizon on his backs.

The concept of the horizon is one that is threaded through huge amounts of Egyptian liturgical poetry. It appears in the oldest known texts, often in a context that seems to equate it with the spirit world. The gods are seen going to, dwelling within, and rising from the horizon; the king, likewise; those who enter the spirit world are “pure and living in the horizon.” [Read more...]

Making Light: All Religions are UPG

Sunweaver

I’m a religious person who believes in the reality of the divine, but I’m also a scientist. Much of what I write about here stems from my own doubts and a struggle to reconcile these two aspects of my life. This is, in its essence, a story about how I worked through doubt for myself. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil?

Cat eating a house sparrow by Mark Marek Photography. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

I think the Devil is a way of putting outside of us all the things we don’t want to admit are part of being human. We kill and torture, rape and abuse. Once we admit that evil wears human faces, then we stand a better chance of dealing with it and not becoming a manifestation of it ourselves. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Hereditary Magic

Sewing Machine

It was only after more than a decade as a witch that I realized I have inherited magic from my matrilineal line. I just couldn’t see it before because I expected hereditary magic to be flashy and imbued with a sense of secrecy, and so I ignored something that had been out in the open all my life. [Read more...]

Pagan Defining Moments

Agora - Raphael, School of Athens, detail

As we look back on our lives, there have been specific moments in time that deeply impacted our future. In a sitewide series, Patheos asked its writers to describe their defining moments, and Pagan contributors responded. [Read more...]

A Professional Priesthood?

Wendy Griffin

To me, whether or not to have professional ministry is the wrong question. We have one even if we don’t call it that. The real question is, do we want an educated ministry? [Read more...]


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