We’re All Appropriating Dead Pagan Cultures

Do those who are attempting to revive a dead culture have the right to claim vicarious victimhood? Culturally all of us are much closer to the perpetrators than to the victims of the cultural crimes that we are claiming to be vicarious victims of. We’re all of us — eclectic Neo-Pagans and polytheistic reconstructionists — in the same boat. And living in a pluralistic society, we have to get used to the idea that others will use our images and our words in ways that are sacred to them, but alien to us.
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The Image on this Header is Holy to Me

This is where I write about my spirituality. This is where I write about holy things. And this image is holy to me. Now maybe you can’t appreciate the connections I’ve drawn. I don’t expect you to. But I do expect you to respect the fact that the connection exists for me. It is as real and as holy to me as your relationship to your gods is to you. [Read more…]

Reserve Your Copy of “Godless Paganism” and Support the Wild Hunt!

You can still reserve your copy of “Godless Paganism” and take advantage of the other perks. All profits over and above our funding goal will go to The Wild Hunt’s fall funding campaign! [Read more…]

Help Us Publish “Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans”

Help raise the voices of atheist, humanist, naturalist, animist, pantheist, and Gaian Pagans. We are gathering writings of atheist and other non-theistic Pagans for publication of the first ever book by and about non-theistic Pagans. [Read more…]

Why This Pagan Won’t Be Honoring His Ancestors on Halloween

Is Halloween a holy day for you? Do you experience any dissonance with honoring the ancestors while others are trick-or-treating? [Read more…]

On Gods and Stained Glass Windows: A Response to Morpheus Ravenna

I’m glad that the stained glass windows are there, standing between me and the sun. They give me something beautiful to appreciate, something to relate to. I might sometimes go outside and stand in the direct sunlight and bask in its unmediated warmth – some mystical experiences are like that. But as wonderful as that experience is, I wouldn’t want to give up the stained glass windows. It’s true that all the colors of the rainbow exist within the white light of the sun, but I can’t appreciate them in that form. It’s just too hard for human beings to relate to an undifferentiated Oneness. We need diversity and color. [Read more…]