Spiritual Maturity for Pagans—and Everyone Else

A scale of spiritual maturity for Pagans and others, built on a model originally designed by poet William Blake. [Read more...]

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Six Songs After Lalla Yogishwari

When Sun was unperceived,
Then moonlight came.
When Moon was unperceived,
Then thought remained.
When thought was unperceived,
The wind blew round
And, nothing undeceived,
Made not a sound. [Read more...]

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Of Pagan Spirituality and Addiction

If you have the misfortune to be both Pagan and an addict, you may face the hurdle caused by the mistaken notion that Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve-Step programs are inherently Christian or at least monotheistic in nature. I hope here to lower that hurdle. [Read more...]

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The Pagan Way

In a strict chronology, I should next be discussing events in California and New England in the late 1960s, but, given the problem of many developments all happening more or less simultaneously, I think it will be clearer if I wrap up some later history of the Pagan Way movement, since I have covered its [Read More...]

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Raymond Buckland and Seax-Wica

In my last blog about the Gardnerians, I indicated that, because of changes in his life situation, in 1973 Ray Buckland found himself at loose ends. Further, after a decade of administering the Long Island coven, he had come to see some disadvantages in the Gardnerian Tradition as received from Lady Olwen, particularly its hierarchic [Read More...]

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Pagan Theology: The Problem of Anything

I have been arguing with myself about posting about the matters herein discussed. I am sure many readers will ask, “What in the world does any of this have to do with Paganism?” Since my overall agenda is to argue that current Paganism is just as genuine a religion as any other, I need to [Read More...]

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The [American] Gardnerians, 1973-75

[Several colleagues have recommended more precision in titling.] In 1972, after a decade of leading the Long Island coven, Lady Rowen (Rosemary Buckland) decided to retire, and so elevated Lady Theos (Judy Kneitel) and Phoenix (Tom Kneitel, 1933-2008) to be the coven’s new High Priestess and High Priest. At first the Bucklands remained active as [Read More...]

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The Gardnerians, 1963-1972

Raymond Buckland was one of the very first people to foresee how important the Gardnerian Witchcraft movement would be and who therefore imported it into the US. I am personally very grateful to Ray, not only for the nice things he said about me in his Witchcraft from the Inside, but also because it was [Read More...]

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To Remember Thomas DeLong, Who Wrote as Gwydion Pendderwen, On the Second (Now the Thirtieth) Anniversary Of His Going into Eternal Life

I remember the night I first met you On Bernal Heights, before we knew The Craft would cross our paths. The strident horn of your flaming car Drew me to the street: before The doors of Hightower, where Lord Randall ruled his mad Court of science-fictioneers, Van the Dagda read an Anglican wake Over your [Read More...]

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Yet Another Three Pagan Poems

Alchemical Sonnets   Four worldly indivisibles divide the sphere, Plus three unworldly to define the here: Fire, spirit, water, after, air, Before, and earth: of these six will pair; Three pairs, and spirit, again give four That mark the now, a sevenfold metaphor Much like the week: we could name the days After seven other [Read More...]

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