Lamp & Labyrinth: Reciprocity, Tit for Tat, and Vending Machine Religion

In my paganism and my personal practice, reciprocity is of utmost importance in thought and consideration when dealing with all beings, spirits, and gods. [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Pagan Events, Shyness, and Hospitality

One aspect of Pagan leadership is in the function of hosting events. And one of the things I often talk about when I teach workshops on leading rituals is that rituals shouldn’t be “written,” they should be designed. Sculpted to create a particular experience. Whether you’re hosting a small open discussion night at a cafe, or a public ritual, or a large festival or conference, hospitality is a part of that function. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Ethics and Odin’s Rites of Hospitality

The ancient Norse and Germanic tribes had a strong ethic of Hospitality. The concept encompassed personal generosity, reciprocity, and even what we today might term “social justice”. By the end of the Viking Era, Hospitality had become a highly ritualized practice and a core part of the their worldview. Thus it’s little surprise that by the time the Hávamál was written, Odin had a LOT to say about these things! [Read more…]