A proposed categorization of magical terminology

In an excellent essay entitled, “The New Old Paganism”, Ronald Hutton reviews the history of “magic” as a concept among academicians.  Starting with James Frazer, magic was defined in contradistinction to religion, the latter consisting of petitioning supernatural powers for favors and praising them, the former consisting of human manipulation of supernatural powers.  Later, Ruth [Read More...]

What do we mean by “magic”?

Magic is no instrument Magic is the end – Leonard Cohen The issue of magic came up in the comments following a recent post about being embarrassed by some parts of Paganism.  This is also a topic that Drew Jacob has taken up recenlty on his site Rogue Priest. Magic is a vague term that [Read More...]

The many shades of Pagan embarrassment

“You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you shall blush because of the gardens that you have chosen.” – Isaiah 1:29 In a previous post, I wrote about “Being Embarrassed by Paganism”.  I’ve been surprised at the responses.  While some people took it as an attempt to perpetuate [Read More...]

Embarrassment and the twin threats to Paganism: Shallowness of the mind and of the heart

In my last post, I wrote about “Being Ashamed by Paganism” (which was really about “embarrassment” not “shame”).  For me, the most interesting and challenging response came from Alison Leigh Lilly, who suggested that embarrassment can be “an invitation to growth”.  Alison discusses her own experience of embarrassment (at poorly executed ritual) and being the [Read More...]

Being Embarrassed by Paganism

Years ago, when I was deciding whether to leave the Mormon church, one of the recurring thoughts I had was that, by continuing to associate with the Mormon church, I was (mis-)representing to the world that I shared all the same beliefs and the same ordering of values as the Mormon church.  I felt that, [Read More...]

The Complete Works of Carl Jung (UPDATED)

Christmas has come early for this Jungian Pagan.  I have been on the hunt for Jung’s writings on the Internet and have not met with much luck … until now.  Finding certain publications by Jung is very easy, but Jung was a prolific writer.  His Collected Works span 18 volumes, not including the bibliography and [Read More...]


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