Irish-American Witchcraft: Being an Irish Pagan in America

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The Tuatha Dé Danann are firmly rooted in Ireland, in the landscape and in the old myths – but they are also present elsewhere, carried across oceans by those who believe, anchored in new places by the lips that call out their names and the hands that pour out offerings to them. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Whose Sun is it Anyway?

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My eyes dart over the message board, and I’m met with a question: we are aware of many cultures and many gods, so how do we reconcile that with only having one sun? [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: What Does It Mean For the Gods to Exist?

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To answer the question “Do the deities exist?”, we need to answer two questions, just two trivial little matters: 1) What is a god? 2) What does it mean to exist? [Read more...]

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The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

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Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.

And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.
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Wyrd Words: Faces of Odin – Soldier, Scholar, Skald, and Skeptic

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Óðinn, as he is depicted by the Lore, is very complex and multidimensional. To simply label him as a "God of War" is not only an inadequate descriptor, it’s a disservice to the depth of his personality. The Allfather wears many faces, and all of them are important to the Sagas he weaves. [Read more...]

Yes, and Gods, Part 2: To Be Human Is To Be Divine, But Not Necessarily Vice Versa

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When I say that ritual is sometimes too focused on the people involved (and people, period) to its detriment, I am not talking about disdain for humanity. I’m more talking about the fact that we live in a speaking, complex, multilayered world, vast and mysterious. And as fascinating as human beings are, we are only a tiny tiny fraction of it. [Read more...]

Yes, and Gods, part 1 (with Cicero)

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Recently a discussion of the nature of the Gods and how Pagans relate to them has broken out. The Pagans of antiquity had strangely similar debates; Cicero, for instance, states that there’s such a wide variety of opinion on the subject “even among the wisest” that it’s hardly surprising that people are confused. [Read more...]


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