The Fascinations of Gnosticism, Part II

I hope you were able to hang with the personal history in Part I. It’s there because for me Gnosticism is not merely an academic historical puzzle, but instead highly relevant for current religious concerns. For example, the vision of an utterly different sort of Christianity allowed by the Nag Hammadi documents is a vision [Read More...]

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The Fascinations of Gnosticism, Part I

As I recall, I first read about the existence of Gnosticism in about 1971 or 2, perhaps from R.M.Grant’s Gnosis and Early Christianity  (that may not be the exact title) or from Richard Cavendish’s The Black Arts. Both of them said enough about it to fire my curiosity. I very much liked the antinomian flavor [Read More...]

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Four Pagan Poems

In a Barber’s Chair[1]   “Before me and, I know, behind Tunnels the mirrored mirror of myself.” “At least, your self that reflects On where the edges of reflection meet. `I breathe the mountain air of numbers.’ He’s ascetic too; he’d seize every minute To look between the stars, Wants time diamond-cut, and pure as [Read More...]

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“Mary Has Chosen the Better Vocation. Do Not Take It Away from Her.”

One problem for a Catholic, even an ethnic Catholic like me, is that getting a Ph.D. tends to make you think you have the right to argue with the Pope, even if he doesn’t think so. Actually, one has a duty to argue with the Pope, because few laypeople have had enough theological training to even know [Read More...]

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Turning Point, Part III

[This is Part III of the first chapter of my autobiography. You do need to read the first two parts in order to follow the plot here.] From 1974 to 1976, I freelanced almost fulltime for Freeman. But then, in late 1976, when Gunder Hefta, my good friend from the poetry program at San Francisco [Read More...]

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Turning Point, Part II

[This continues the first chapter of my autobiography. If you have not read the first installment, posted yesterday, you do need to in order to follow the story here.] After I had graduated with my M.A. in Poetry from San Francisco State in June of 1968, I went to John Gildersleeve, then the Managing Editor [Read More...]

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Turning Point, Part I

[This is how my autobiography will begin. It took quite a while to realize that, rather than hiding the events of that, my own personal 9/11, that was the day I need to begin from. This is all very personal. I am taking inspiration from Star’s courage and honesty to tell the truth about myself. [Read More...]

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Aeolian Transformations II

4. Lovesong I don’t wonder some blamed you For coming to me when you shouldn’t. We walked everywhere together, To hills, streams, holy places Where we talked alone among Spring choirs. But can any girl Stay long or far from the woman she loves? Soft girl I was all apart from, You came to my [Read More...]

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AEolian Transformations

[I guess trying to put my almanac project on this blog wasn't a great idea. It actually just slows me down, since I have to construct it before I can put up a blog that's all ready to go. So I'll quit that. I haven't had any comments on it from anybody anyway, so perhaps [Read More...]

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A National Church for Witches: A Brief History of COG, Part II

A Pagan Almanac for August 12, 2012 Lunar Cycle: Day 6 of the waning Moon Rome: Feast of the Invincible Hercules Athens: Hekatombaion 26. The Panathenaea continues Passed over on this day in 2010: Isaac Bonewits William Blake wrote: The worship of God is: Honouring his gifts in other men, each according to his genius, [Read More...]

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