Divinity, Infinity, and Infinitesimals

No one can be absolutely objective about religion, because every person must have a set of values that enable one to make life decisions. Those values always serve as the equivalent of a religion, no matter what they are called. A person who was truly neutral and value-free would experience life as being meaningless and would be in a state called anomie, which is a late and usually lethal stage of clinical depression. The best one can do is to be consciously aware of and candid about all one’s v … [Read more...]

The Man Who Falls in Love with Goddesses

He never wants to fall in love; it's justThat every once in a while She walksInto his life, grows wings, burstsInto flame, and then he knowsIt's Her, and he must loveAs long as She decides to stay,Whether a year, or just today. Sometimes she doesn't even know,And there is no way to tell her; soHe works, and waits for the pain to end,Knowing She'll be back again.But when she hears and can assent —Yes she said Yes I will Yes! —Flesh wit … [Read more...]

A History of the Craft in America: California and Councils, Part V, 1974-1975

Here begins what will become Volume IB or II of the finished book. As I mentioned, many important changes took place in 1973 within at least half a dozen different Traditions. As a result, the period 1974 to 1979, which I will now begin covering for the whole of the USA and parts of Canada, requires a new chapter. I’m starting with events in California in the mid-1970s, not because they were the only developments at that time, but they turned out to have national implications.Focusing first o … [Read more...]

A Request and Previews

Our intrepid Managing editor for the Patheos Pagan Channel, Dr. Christine Hoff Kraemer, has suggested to me that, in order to avoid burnout, it might be wise not to try to make a major contribution to world literature, theology, and philosophy with every blog. I can see that. It's okay just to chat once in a while.Now, I do have a request. If those among my readers who are college teachers or who otherwise hold a prestigious position that might impress our Dean might be so kind as to post a … [Read more...]

On the Nature of the Gods

[These are thoughts based on my own Awakening experiences and on Alan Watts’ explication of  The Cloud of Unknowing. These are not “Gospel truth,” but instead are insights from what I myself have experienced, leaving out all the footnotes, qualifications, and conditionals, for the sake of clarity. I’ll be happy to discuss details and fine tuning later. By the way, I think it relevant that the Greek anastasis means both “resurrection” and “Awakening,” and that the Hebrew death means both “knowledg … [Read more...]

Rodin and Claudel

                        And God will pardon Paul Claudel                         Although he sent Camille to hell.   Artists sleep with their models and paint Their lovers, fall in love and fall again. Women are always in their lives. Art needs love, as life needs rain.   When he ascends to that white-hot space Where the Gods control his hands, Prudence (that rich, ugly old maid) Does not exist in his universe. Painting after painting flows through his fingers When he turns from his … [Read more...]

Another Song of Innocence: The Kitten

My loyal readers may have noticed that I like William Blake a lot. In his first major collection, the Songs of Innocence and Experience, each poem about Innocence is paired with one about Experience. His best-known poem, The Tyger, is paired with one about a lamb. I've never thought it was a good pairing; not symmetric aenough. So I thought I'd try to improve on it. Please note that I am here playing with Blake's concepts and vocabulary. This was dedicated to Terry Seamons, on Buddha’s birthday, … [Read more...]

A Dialogue of Angels

What existed before the beginning? “Before” and “beginning” are irrelevant.Time is not primordial, nor is space or matter or energy.Then why is there something rather than nothing? If nothing existed, we would not exist to know that nothing.Yet nothing exists if it is unknown. Therefore nothing, being unknown, cannot exist; therefore something exists.You’re playing with words. That is how it all began, by playing with words. In the beginning, there is … [Read more...]

On Being Outside All the Boxes

Having been working (for a long time) on a novel about the same alternative universe as in my Goddess Murder, I have been looking for books on Mary Magdalene, the Gnostics, and suchlike. Recently I found Secrets of Mary Magdalene. Don’t be put off by the title. It is a well-balanced anthology of interviews with and essays by the leading scholars, largely women, of Gnosticism, early Christianity, and related fields, and by women novelists, not the hack writers whose forgettable novels clutter l … [Read more...]

“History” — Part III

Canon   15. Innocence: The Sorceress Blake told you and told you: you never heard.There's only the single speechless word.It verberates your wordy skies,It multiplies your bawdy ground.As sound is unified with word,The Lord is unified with sound. I am She who dances on the faceOf the waters, ignorant of light.Over, ever, harrowing your rock,I dance the clothless customs of the air.I swing my heels in demption's tree,I toss you d … [Read more...]


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