Become a Shaper of Earthseed

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Earthseed is a new Neo-Pagan path currently being Shaped. Earthseed’s three main tenets are:
God is Change.
Shape God.
The Destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Shaper of Earthseed, click here to read more. [Read more...]

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An Eclectic Mid-Winter Ritual

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Here in the Midwest, February is the coldest time of the year on average. There might be snow on the ground still, or it might have melted, but it’s likely we still have more snow to come. But since it’s the peak (or should I say the trough) of cold temperatures, I can look forward to the beginning of warming (or at least less freezing) temperatures. So, for me, Mid-Winter is the end of the Great Freezing and the beginning of the Great Melting. [Read more...]

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How to Construct a Morning Ritual

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Having a morning ritual has been very important for me. A morning ritual sets the tone for the day. And I definitely feel a difference when I skip it. A morning ritual doesn’t have to be complicated, or even difficult. If you don’t have a morning ritual, these elements may help you construct one, or if you have one already, this may help you refine yours. [Read more...]

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Syfy’s Magicians Series Serves As a Cautionary Tale to Would-Be Magicians

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If SyFy’s Magicians series goes the way of other television adaptations of sophisticated novels, then it will be dumbed-down to a battle with an external evil and a hackneyed warning against meddling with powers one does not understand. In contrast, while Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy is a cautionary tale for would-be magicians, it offers a different kind of warning. It reminds us of the truth of those words which the mother of contemporary Paganism, Doreen Valiente, put into the mouth of the Goddess: “If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.” [Read more...]

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Simple Answers Have to Be Earned

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Simple answers have to earned — earned by working through complexity. Simple answers which precede such wrestling with complexity are not earned, and therefore tend to me wrong — or at least misleading. [Read more...]

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“Less Christian Than Thou”: Neo-Paganism and Polytheism Beyond the Christian Divide

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Neo-Pagans and Polytheists — have fundamentally different issues. Polytheism and Neo-Paganism don’t just represent different answers to the same question, they represent different answers to different questions. I think much of the conflict between our two communities might arise from the failure to appreciate that each group is trying to be the answer to a different question. It’s become platitudinous to say that none of us have all the answers. But it is equally true that none of us have all the questions. If we can’t appreciate one another’s answers, perhaps we should begin by trying to appreciate each other’s questions. [Read more...]

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