Blog Response: John the Pagan

Over at Patheos, Star Foster asks about people’s Craft/Spirit names.  Here’s my response: I’ve always found the craft/spirit name thing to be off-putting, at least when it is used publicly (as opposed to being used only in magical/ritual practice).  I admit, I’m a mainstreamer and I would like to see Paganism treated as a serious [Read More...]

Pagan Archetypes

Over at Alison Leigh Lilly’s blog, Peace, Poesis, and Wild Holy Earth, she brings some wonderful insight to the question of Pagan (in her case Druid) identity: “As a religion, modern Druidry has grown up around the archetype of the Druid as the wise sage, the inspired poet, the bright-eyed seer and the lover of [Read More...]

Blog Response: UU and Pagan Aesthetics

Over at Rev.  Dr. Victoria Weinstein’s blog PeaceBang I posted a responses to her post, “Humanist Worship and the Arts”, in which she takes a crack at UU and Pagan UU aesthetics. Here’s my response: My introduction to Paganism was through a CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans) Wheel of the Year ceremony. It was only [Read More...]

My Spiritual Ancestor: John Trevor

There have been many writers I have encountered over the years that have had a transformative influence on my life: Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), Alan Watts (Behold the Spirit), Emerson (“Self-Reliance”), and Theodore Roszak (The Making of a Counterculture).  But there has only been one author who I identified so closely with that [Read More...]

My Daily Practice: Morning Ritual

[updated 2/27/14] I want to share what my daily practice is.  My morning ritual, which is outlined below, involves four short prayers in the morning to the air, sun, water, and earth.  Then I have a prayer over meals.  And finally I have a ritual at night with candles.  The prayers are all taken from [Read More...]

Temple of the Earth Mother

When I first started this blog, I began with the name Temple of the Earth Mother, a name which was simultaneously pretentious and boring.  I mean, you can’t really get more generic in Pagan terms than “Temple of the Earth Mother”.  But I actually had a good reason for the name that I never got [Read More...]


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