Mother Nature uses the tongue

The other day, my 10 year old daughter was complaining about her freckles to my wife, and my wife told her they were Mother Nature’s kisses. My daughter’s response: “Mother Nature uses the tongue.” My ears perked up and I thought, “How true that is!” French kissing can be wonderfully intimate under the right circumstances; [Read More...]

“Let’s agree to disagree”: This is not your father’s interfaith

Imagine for a moment, Pagans of all kinds having a heartfelt conversation with Muslims about the nuances between Shia and Sunni Islam on the one hand and between Reconstructionist Polytheism and Naturalistic Pantheism on the other.  Or a similar conversation Mormons.  Or with Evangelical Christians. Imagine now that these conversations are not about finding common [Read More...]

Confessions of a Recovering Fundamentalist

A few months ago, I was contacted through Facebook by a lady, Eliane, in Brazil, who I had baptized while I was a Mormon missionary there.  We both tiptoed around each other in our first exchange, but eventually disclosed that we had both left the Mormon church. To put this in context, I baptized probably [Read More...]

Quote: “She knows she’s not real.”

Someone in my UU discussion group shared this story today about a student who suffered from doubt over whether Kwan-Yin/Kannon/Tara actually exists. In frustration, he asked his teacher for help.  The lama closed his eyes for a few moments, then replied: “She knows she’s not real.” I wonder how this might apply to Pagan deities. [Read more...]

The waxing and waning of spiritual practice

I’ve written before about my struggle to maintain regular spiritual practice here and here and here.  Today, I came across some great advice in a comment to “Dver”‘s post at A Forest Door, “Do Not Stop You Devotions”, in which “Dver” advises not to stop devotions in times of personal crisis.  The comment was on a [Read More...]

But are the archetypes real?

Check out my new post at Dreaming the Myth Forward: “But are the archetypes real?”  This is a question that haunts any discussion of the archetypes, especially discussions of the gods as archetypes.  I have made the argument here and here that the polytheistic experience of deities can be explained in Jungian terms as archetypes.  [Read More...]


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