Symbols

I just came across this quote in a biography of Jung I have been reading.  I have struggled previously here and here to explain why I think symbols cannot be reduced to mere metaphors and poetry cannot be reduced to representation language.  This quote by Jung, from his essay “Paracelsus as a Spiritual Phenomenon”, captures [Read More...]

Water and Stone: libations and altars

Recently, I discovered a great blog at Witches and Pagans called Baring the Aegis: Hellenismos by Elani Temperance on Greek reconstructionist spirituality.  Her full blog can be found here.  Two posts in particular caught my attention, both on the practice of libations: “Sponde and khoe; the practice of liquid sacrifices” and “Khernips and libations; two [Read More...]

My trip to Philadephia

I just got back from a trip to Philadelphia for work.  I was fortunate to be able to squeeze in a little me-time and I hit three different museums. My first stop was the Franklin Institute, which I cannot recommend, but they had a temporary exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The exhibit ends tomorrow, [Read More...]

Goddess as a Personal Presence

In a recent post, I wrote about polytheistic religious experience from a Jungian perspective.  Recently I came across two posts about the ontological nature of feminist monotheistic experience of Goddess, both on the Feminism and Religion community blog. The first was by Molly Remer, entitled “Who is She? The Existence of an Ontological Goddess”.  She [Read More...]

Unitarian growth and Pagan (dis)organization

Over at The Wild Hunt, Jason Pitzl-Waters has posted about the growth of the UU over the last 10 years, a growth of 15%.  This is notable in the face of the general decline of other liberal denominations.  When you factor in about 10% population growth, that’s still real, albeit modest, growth.  “Apuleius Platonicus” points [Read More...]

Are the gods real?

Do we worship the same gods? Over at Patheos, Star Foster recently published an interesting post on the “Problem of the Personal Experience”.  In it she explains that she recently turned down the opportunity to edit a devotional anthology to the god Hephaistos, who she worships.  She writes: “The reason I couldn’t do it is [Read More...]


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