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Pantheisticon: Walking (with apologies to Thoreau)

A couple of summers ago I took my Environmental Sociology students (all three of them—hey, it was summer!) on an evening walk around the lovely park across the streetcar line from our university in uptown New Orleans. We had been talking about bioregionalism, a kind of environmentalism that focuses on the importance of developing a [Read More…]

Gateway Goddess: Poison Ivy Vengeance – A Trickster Teacher

Small farm girl, angry with her brothers. She knows how to get even. She gathers a large bunch of poison ivy and rubs it on their skin. Revenge. On them, and on her. “She got it worse than they did,” her father said. He laughed a little, that “Kids, what are you gonna do” kind of [Read More…]

Pantheisticon: Some Post-Solstice Musings

I used to be very puzzled when Pagans referred to the solstices as “midsummer” and “midwinter,” since our modern calendar quite clearly labels those days the “first day of summer” and “first day of winter.” “Mid-” and “first” seemed mutually exclusive; how can we be in the middle of something that’s just beginning? It’s one [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things July

What can a naturalist celebrate in July? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles As the moon completes its monthly cycle, July 3rd will see a full moon, with the new moon on [Read More…]

UPDATED: Damien Echols Has An Occult Tattoo

Check it out here. Anyone want to try and translate the Theban? UPDATE: Damien translates, and describes his tattoos as talismans: These I designed myself – the talismans (points to tattoos). This is what I do, not something like portraits. I have four of these of my own design. Three on my arms and one on [Read More…]

The Spell of Making

I have been rereading one of my favorite books on the subject of crafting a ritual. The book is Blacksun’s  Spell of Making. It is a wonderful book on ritual construction that gives you a very pragmatic approach to creating the basic structure or form of any ritual regardless of your religion. I recommend it as a [Read More…]

Discrimination In Paganism

On the Patheos Pagan FB page I posted a poll regarding discrimination after reading Patti Wigington’s post on racism in Paganism. It’s really awesome. You should read it. I’m not going to pretend online polls are good science, but I still found the results interesting. And as with any “add your own option” poll, I [Read More…]

Gateway Goddess: St. Louis Pagan Picnic – 20 years of open-air Pagan community

If someone were to ask me what Pagan community is like in the St. Louis area, I’d say, “Picnic.” Part festival, part family reunion, and altogether joyous, the St. Louis Pagan Picnic celebrated its 20th anniversary June 9 and 10. Organizers said more than 4,000 people—perhaps as many as 4,500—gathered over two days in Tower Grove [Read More…]

Gateway Goddess: The Transit of Venus, Gifts, and Gratitude

The tree stood alone, just to the side of the small parking space near Monk’s Mound. A couple small, concrete benches made it a perfect picnic spot. Wendy and I walked to the tree, having decided to have a bit of lunch before climbing the 98-foot tall earth mound built centuries before, basket of earth [Read More…]

Druid Thoughts: Nine Druidic Arts

These are ideas I have been developing on my blog – Druid Life ,  and are not part of any wider perception of what Druidry is (yet). However, so far the idea of approaching aspects of life as art forms has caught people’s imaginations so I’m putting it out into the world. There is nothing [Read More…]


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