For many Pagans, Imbolc is about dedications; to me, dedication means work. It means sacrificing my time and energy to learn what is needed to follow my calling. Building skills takes motivation; to get good at these things, you have to put in the time. How did I get good at doing ritual? Years of work. Not hours, years. And here’s the thing–Pagan communities need excellence. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
Wednesday night I facilitated a memorial service for a Pagan community leader, David Quinn. I didn’t know David, but I had been scheduled to offer a chanting workshop for his group, Sacred Bridges CUUPs, in Des Moines, Iowa. Monday when I woke up I received a message that David had passed away Sunday night. [Read more…]
We have a glut of ‘priests’ and not enough accountants. So many teachers, and so few administrators. So many brilliant ideas, and almost no financiers.
Why as Pagans are we so keen to mimic the political structures and power bases of other religions? Why are we so excited by titles, and so keen to pin them to ourselves? [Read more…]