Don’t Call Me A “Generic Pagan”

In the interest of an inclusivity that is never really achieved, planners of public Pagan rituals often default to a “Wiccanate” ritual format that is familiar, but also tired. The lack of creativity and ritual innovation at many public Pagan events is largely responsible for the appellation “generic”; it is “generic” because it is bland and boring. This is what makes the phrase “generic Paganism” so offensive. Not all so-called “generic Pagans” are Wiccanate. [Read more…]

Shape God, Shape Change, Shape Gun Control Legislation

Join us on Zoom on Saturday June 18 @ 6 pm ET/ 5pm CT/ 4pm MT/ 3pm PT for a Rite of Remembrance in honor of those who died in the Orlando massacre. Just follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/895295606 [Read more…]

Guns or Religion? The Danger of Simple Answers

Clarity can be a scary thing sometimes … people who believe that killing others is justified can have a frightening clarity. As we work our way through the difficult questions in the following weeks and months, let us beware the simple answers. And let us embrace the complexity of our problems. Let us see those we disagree with, not as stereotyped one-dimensional opponents, but as fellow human beings with whom we must work out a way to live. Then maybe, just maybe, the means will become the ends, and we will just win our way through toward a peaceful and just future. [Read more…]

An Earthseed Solstice: Festival of the Teacher

Our teachers
Are all around us,.
All that we perceive,
All that we experience,
All that is given to us
or taken from us,
All that we love or hate,
need or fear
Will teach us—
If we will learn.
God is our first
and our last teacher.
God is our harshest teacher:
subtle,
demanding.
Learn or die. [Read more…]

I don’t often agree with polytheists, but when I do …

I don’t often agree with polytheists about religious matters, so I am excited when I come across a polytheist idea or practice that resonates with me. I recently came across two articles by polytheists who I usually find on the opposite end of the spectrum of any discussion I am in, but in this instance I found myself nodding my head vigorously. [Read more…]

Home is a Place You Have Never Been: Finding Eternity in Change

Is it possible that there is a kind of permanence to be found in the midst of change, a kind of peace in the heart of war, a kind of home to be found in homelessness? [Read more…]