Syncretic Electric: Materialism and Narcissism


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...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, A Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 9

Anne François Louis Janmot (1814–1892), Poème de l'âme - Première Communion (First Communion)

On Patheos Agora, Christopher Scott Thompson concludes his study of the Invocation of the Graces as a Brigidine sacred text with an overview of the virtues and powers granted by this traditional Gaelic charm. [Read more...]

Hills of the Horizon: Narrative Theology I

Rumpelstiltskin, Walter Crane [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

People relate to themselves, to the gods, to the cosmos, through the medium of narrative; wielding narrative well is not merely a religious practice, but a magical, political, and social one. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Friends in Wyrd Places


A Heathen attends a Renewal Judaism celebration of Sukkot! Sometimes we set out to find our allies, those of kindred spirit and like mind, and we find our list of friends seeming thin. Other times we brace ourselves before dealing with the outside world, and instead we find friends in wyrd places. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Searching for Stillness


We need stillness. In sleep, our bodies repair themselves and our minds process the events and questions of the day, but stillness is important in our waking hours, too. Taking time to be still can stop me from overreacting to problems, and I also find that daily stillness gives me a sense of lightness and general contentment that I often lose when I’m caught up in the whirlwind of doing. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Obstacles to Learning


The study of the Craft is not an easy path. Sable Aradia points out some of the hurdles to aid students in overcoming them. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Was archaic Greece naturalistic?


This series on the history of ancient naturalism began with an overview that tipped my hand: I think naturalism emerged first in Classical Greece.* So, what was so special about the Greeks? Was their archaic culture (roughly 800 – 480 BCE) already inherently pregnant with the idea of naturalism? [Read more...]