Seekers and Guides: Your Mileage May Vary – Embracing Contradictory Truths in the Craft

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The beauty of Wicca is that many contradictory truths can be true at the same time. Sable Aradia examines some of those contradictory truths and suggests how it is that they can all work together. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: We Need to be Challenged, or Why I am Thankful

Julian Betkowski

There are moments when Pagan dialogue becomes so concerned with acceptance and diversity that we lose track of the subject of our discussions and stop saying anything at all. Sometimes, I think we could do with a little less nicety. Sometimes, I think, we need to say no. So, that is why I am thankful for Galina Krasskova. [Read more...]

Hills of the Horizon: An Introduction

The Egyptian twin-lion god Aker, with the hieroglyph for the horizon on his backs.

The concept of the horizon is one that is threaded through huge amounts of Egyptian liturgical poetry. It appears in the oldest known texts, often in a context that seems to equate it with the spirit world. The gods are seen going to, dwelling within, and rising from the horizon; the king, likewise; those who enter the spirit world are “pure and living in the horizon.” [Read more...]

Making Light: All Religions are UPG

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I’m a religious person who believes in the reality of the divine, but I’m also a scientist. Much of what I write about here stems from my own doubts and a struggle to reconcile these two aspects of my life. This is, in its essence, a story about how I worked through doubt for myself. [Read more...]

Making Light: Help me, Joe Campbell, you’re my only hope

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Seeing myths as metaphors doesn’t mean I believe the gods are just characters in a story. They are my gods. I speak to them, I feel their presence, I know from experience that they are Real. They are not real to me like Samwise Gamgee is real. They are real to me like my cat is real, but they often speak to us in metaphor and story. [Read more...]

Making Light: Hero Worship

Comics

In modern Hellenic polytheism, hero worship is part of the whole shebang. The Iliad and the Odyssey both are full of bigger than life characters: Ajax, Hector, Achilles, and Odysseus to name a few. Then there’s Perseus, Theseus, Atalanta, and others. Some people are more into it than others, and I’m one of the ones who isn’t really, except that I have an undying love of Captain America… [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Pick and Mix Paganism

Nimue Brown

I don’t think any religion has the monopoly on truth. I like Druidry; I choose it because it suits how I feel and how I want to work. I do not confuse its being entirely right for me with its being *entirely right.* [Read more...]


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