Druid Thoughts: What Really Happens When We Die?

As a Druid, I feel it is much better to try and understand the mysteries of life on its own terms, not with reference to a speculative hereafter. To be a Druid is to live this life well, honourably, deeply. Not by the rules of an ancient book, but by pragmatic standards, humanistic standards, reasoned out as best I am able. [Read more…]

Making Light: All Religions are UPG

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…]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 3 – The Three Sisters

In Celtic Christianity, it is said that prayer should be continued “until tears come.” Not everyone can cry so easily, but that isn’t a bad guideline for a devotional ritual. [Read more…]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more…]

Making Light: Interfaith 2 – Electric Boogaloo

In our Women of Faith group, we try to understand the differences among us in order to see, feel, and appreciate the sameness within us. Also, we have T-shirts. [Read more…]

The Worship of Strange Gods

Humanity is capable of many great things.  One of the  things that I place on that list is the ability of humanity to believe.  It is upon our beliefs that we build the foundations of our everyday existence. From the small to the grandiose, everything we do is affected by the simple, constant fact that we believe. Everything we interact [Read More…]

Colorado Poets Slam Pat Robertson

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The Spell of Making

I have been rereading one of my favorite books on the subject of crafting a ritual. The book is Blacksun’s  Spell of Making. It is a wonderful book on ritual construction that gives you a very pragmatic approach to creating the basic structure or form of any ritual regardless of your religion. I recommend it as a [Read More…]

Discrimination In Paganism

On the Patheos Pagan FB page I posted a poll regarding discrimination after reading Patti Wigington’s post on racism in Paganism. It’s really awesome. You should read it. I’m not going to pretend online polls are good science, but I still found the results interesting. And as with any “add your own option” poll, I [Read More…]

Dear Jasmine: Pagan and Hindu Connections

Dear Jasmine, I am new to Paganism and so far my time in the community I have noticed allot of Indian influences within paganism, such as Bindis and use of the Hindu Deities. Is there a connection to Hindu and Neo-Pagan beliefs or is there another reason for these influences? Sincerely, A Dear A, This [Read More…]