Memorial

About a year ago ( September 30, 2010), my uncle killed himself.  I was the first time I had experienced the death of someone close to me that I loved. This past Sunday, my local UU church observed a Day of the Dead service, and my family and I remembered Dan’s passing.  We brought pictures [Read More...]

The best laid plans …

Well, I said I would post the warts and all here.  Now I know why Pagan parents might not want to have a Pagan family ritual on Halloween.  After spending two days constructing a haunted house on my front walk and porch (and spending ungodly amounts of money), and then getting myself and everyone else [Read More...]

Halloween as a Holy Day

Over at Patheos, Star Foster has posted about Halloween and the Christian “war” on Halloween.  She emphasizes that Halloween is a “secular holiday”, even for most Pagans: “Yet only a very small minority of us actually claims to celebrate Halloween as a religious holiday, and generally if they do it’s either to use a common [Read More...]

Religious Identity, Boundaries, and Authority

I was just listening to a lecture which I downloaded from The Teaching Company entitled “The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition”.  (By the way, I love these lectures from The Teaching Company.  I’ve purchased over a dozen of them — always when on sale though.) Anyway, the lecturer, Teofilo [Read More...]

Tradition, Rootedness, and Freedom

Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Who, day and night, must scramble for a living, Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers? And who has the right, as master of the house, To have the final word at home? The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. From Fiddler on the [Read More...]

My love/hate relationship with Neopaganism, Part 2

Why I love Neopaganism: #1   I love that Neopaganism honors the dark as well as the light. Jung wrote that “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,but by making the darkness conscious.”  Probably the most significant realization of my life has been that I am not one; I am many seeking to [Read More...]


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