Queer of Swords: Redaction for XXXX and XXXXXXX

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Dogma is unreliable because mystical gnosis is noisy and susceptible to the bias of the listener. Redaction is therefore necessary in order for religions to live and grow as society evolves. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Imparting the Mysteries – Helping Your Students Find Personal Gnosis

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How do you impart a personal experience of the Divine that may not be at all like your own? How do you teach the sound of one hand clapping? The answer is: you don’t. You teach the skills needed in order to make this very personal discovery instead. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Materialism and Narcissism

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As a community, we need to be very aware of the risk of presenting real spiritual experience as a commodity that all Pagans are entitled to. Gnosis and other spiritual experiences must be earned, and then we must have the discernment and self-knowledge to recognize them for what they are. We cannot go into the process with the expectation of reward. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 4) – Egocentrism and our Future

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It is my honest belief that a proper understanding of Paganism, its history and its present, is vital if we are going to continue to move forward as a community into this next century. [Read more...]

Wrestling With Gods: Pagan Gnosis through Jewish Eyes

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Today, I chatted with Hermes over breakfast. I accept his faults, he accepts mine. We enjoy each other’s company as much as any two people could reasonably be expected to. There’s just one problem: I’m an Observant Jew. [Read more...]


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