See you at Pantheacon!

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I am honored to be on two panels at Pantheacon this year, one official and one “off the books”. The first is the Patheos Pagan Bloggers panel entitled “The Good, The Bad, & The Blogging”.  It’s first thing on Friday, at 1:30 p.m., right after the opening ritual.  I will be sharing the panel with [Read More...]

What Pagans can teach the Mormon church about repentance

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In the Mormon church and in the Covenant of the Goddess, I see similar evidence of what might be called “apostasy”, in the form of institutional blindness to privilege (whether it be white privilege or hetero privilege) — but there is a critical difference in the respective responses of these two organizations. Ironically, it was the Pagan organization that was more willing to “repent” and move toward real “restoration”. It was the Pagan organization that at least tried to embody the nominally “Christian” principles which the Mormon church has hypocritically eschewed. [Read more...]

My god may be blind, but I’m not: Why theists don’t have a corner on religious experience

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Some atheists have had experiences which are very similar, if not identical, to those of theists — they have just come to different conclusions about those experiences. Don’t believe me? Read on. [Read more...]

The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 8: Exoteric and Esoteric Ritual

Neo-Pagan ritual may function as a celebration of and an experience of connection with nature; as a celebration of and acceptance of change in our own lives; as an honoring and welcoming of parts of ourselves that have been neglected or rejected; and an experience of the loss of the sense of self and of union with the transcendent. Neo-Pagan ritual can focus on any one of these functions, or it can do more than one. All of them are important. Different people may experience the same ritual differently. [Read more...]

The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 7: The Mother and the Son

The Neo-Pagan Goddess may be called Mother, because she is the eternal Source, the continuous principle of Life which gives rise to life in its myriad forms. The Goddess does not die; she is death … and life. The Goddess gives birth to the God, who is manifest life, and then receives him back into the tomb that is her womb. The God is born lives, dies and is born again. He must accept death, falling back into the Source, like a seed returning to the earth, while the Goddess endures to bring forth new forms of life from the inexhaustible store that is her Being. [Read more...]

The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 6: Descent to the Underworld

The psychological process which is symbolized by Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey is not a one time event, for while each “death” and subsequent rebirth results in an expansion of consciousness, this expansion is always necessarily partial, for the creativity of the unconscious source is inexhaustible. Therefore, the Hero’s Journey is never complete. [Read more...]


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