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 Gnosticism, the Book of Shadows, and Sex

I received a few days ago my monthly statistical report from Patheos on how many hits I received last month, total, per day, per blog, etc. It was interesting to see that the greatest number of hits were on two blogs: “On Jesus as a Gnostic” and “Some New Pages for the Book of Shadows.” [Read more…]

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Of Blogging and Poetry

Now that I’ve been blogging for a few months, I have some opinions about it. Serious writing about things religious does not attract a mass audience, unlike action thrillers and other children’s literature. [Read more…]

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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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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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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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Another Three Pagan Poems

Morgana at her Vanity (for Erif) Damp from the chastening water, She oils her skin, humming A wandrous tune that breaks, Then resumes, as her musing eye spies, Then dispells, each threat of a line In her face, in the polished brass mirror. She combs out her sea-raven hair With sharks’ fins, brushes With bristles [Read More…]

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Three Pagan Poems

After that last series of essays, I will just lighten up a little.   On a Very Mixed Party at Bob and Bill’s At first the dopers and the gays each thought The others were straight, then everyone decided Everyone else was cool, and the party warmed up. At one point ten girls were, two [Read More…]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part V: Toward the Divine Sexuality

In one of the preceding essays, I said that a totally committed couple, in the moment of mutual orgasm, may “feel the edge of the ecstasy of a full enlightenment.” In a full enlightenment or awakening, the barrier between the ordinary self and the Deep Mind (I think that’s a more accurate name than “collective [Read More…]

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Why Wicca Is a Major World Religion

Gerald Brosseau Gardner, that strange retired Englishman, created Wicca because he could not find an adequate religion elsewhere. His museum contained hundreds of pamphlets from various minority religions, and dozens of documents about his memberships, initiations, and ordinations; he had been actively searching for many years. He did not create it out of whole cloth; [Read More…]

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