Goddess Murder: A Tale of Love, Witches, and Gnostics (Episode 2)

II. Destruction [From the Poetic Epistemologies of Apollo.] They tied her to the tree, and lit the fire. You taste its ashes in your mouth. No one tree escapes the forest fire. Abandoned hills erode, stones topple, No one dances, and fires are not allowed.   Not just the tree, not just the seed: The [Read More...]

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Goddess Murder: A Tale of Love, Witches, and Gnostics (Episode 1)

Flames leaped up around the accused witch. Suddenly she shouted, “Ubaldo Allucingoli, hear me! The fire you have lit to burn me will burn down your church, and no one will ever rebuild it, not in three days, not in three ages of the cosmos. But you will not be rid of me: I shall return to haunt you.” [Read more...]

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More Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

From Herakeitos: Anodos katados – the way up and the way down are one and the same. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not discover it, for it cannot be searched for and is hard to comprehend. [Read more...]

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Wisdom & Wisecracks of the Old Ones

Once someone asked Victor Anderson why he used a red tablecloth on the altar. He replied, “Because I had a red tablecloth.” [Read more...]

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On My Love for Sophia, Our Lady of Wisdom and Mercy

It is common to suppose that knowledge is not wisdom, but just what is the difference between them? Mapping knowledge is easy enough: mathematics, science, humanities, social studies (they should be scholarly, but they are not sciences), then dividing them into categories, subcategories, and so on, down to a subncategory small enough that one can [Read More...]

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Wisdom Is Sold in the Desolate Market

There is an accurate and depressing blog by a colleague on Patheos titled “How The American University was Killed, in Five Easy Steps.” His point is that the 1%, the only class in America that can create, implement, and finance long-term plans, decided back in the 1960s to eliminate the kinds of people (intellectuals) who could oppose their stupidity and greed. [Read more...]

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Blogging as Dedication to the Search

The name that Star Foster and I thought up for this blog, “Including Paganism,” indicates that I intend to look at lots of religions, *including Paganism,* in terms of what they have in common, of what each uniquely offers, and of what the theological invariants are that underlie all human need for religion. [Read more...]

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A Prayer That I Hope Many More Can Say

I’ve tried before to rewrite the “Lord’s Prayer” into a prayer for Pagans. This morning other words began to drop into my mind, like raindrops raising ripples on a pond, adding phrase by phrase that many people besides Pagans might not be afraid to say. [Read more...]

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The Problem of Consciousness, Part II

I have derived what I hope are some valid insights into the nature of time and consciousness from thinking about Blake’s descriptions of his eidetic imagery, which I did not know about, despite having done Blake for one of my Master’s orals, until I saw Jacob Bronowski’s episode about Blake done as an addendum to [Read More...]

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The Problem of Consciousness, Part I

Why do we have two minds? The Deep Mind is the one that dreams at night. [Read more...]

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