The Rantin’ Raven: Not My Elder

Sergey Nivens /

Recently, a few prominent authors, activists, and well-known personalities in the Pagan world did something unfortunate. Very publicly. Bloggers and Facebookers immediately took up sides, with the battle lines being drawn along “No Elder of mine!” and “We must respect our Elders even when they’re wrong.” And I got to thinking about the phenomenon of the Pagan Elder. It’s actually a very murky subject. [Read more...]

Seeking the Grail: Tolerance, Bigotry, and Paradox

Courtesy of Shauna Aura Knight

I so often wonder what it is about people that leads us to this place. I see fear leading to anger and then conflict with two polarized sides. What is it about us humans? Do we really have the capacity to move past the fear and the anger, the bigotry, the egotism and “I must be right” perspective? I hope so. But hope hurts, because I see this cycle of fear and conflict over and over. [Read more...]

Making Light: The Pagan Blogosphere is Toxic

Several barrels of toxic waste at the dump

I feel like maybe I have interesting ideas about theology and that maybe some people would like to read about those ideas. It doesn’t matter to me if you disagree with me, but it does matter if you’re not very nice about the way you disagree with me. Xenia goes both ways and I will make every effort to be courteous and respectful, but I also expect the same from others. I’m a real person with real feelings and emotions and unless it’s kind, timely, and true, don’t say it. I’m not fragile, I can take criticism, and I don’t mind arguing, but if it can’t be a civilized argument, I want no part of it. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: Paganism, Theism, and Belief

a woman facing away from the camera with her arms raised

How do we determine if someone is Pagan? Do they join our events and participate in our communities? Do they support our rights to practice and believe as we think that Pagans should? Then I’ll say that they are Pagan. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Religion is For When the System Goes Down


Though our religious traditions can struggle, there is something incredibly powerful and life saving at the core of what we do. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: To Listen

a heart shaped lit candle

To listen passively leads to anger and pain. To listen actively, while difficult, leads to understanding and acceptance. Will you make the effort to truly listen to another? [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: Walls and Doors

A Japanese templ

Walls are being built high and strong in the Pagan community as our component parts struggle to establish their distinct identities. Will our Pagan village have room for everyone who wants to live in it? [Read more...]