Dreaming the Myth Forward

A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about New Year’s resolutions in anticipation of 2013.  I was looking forward to publishing my 200th post before the end of the year (this is No. 201) and I was considering taking a hiatus from blogging, just a short break, thirty days to refocus on my spiritual [Read More...]

What to buy a Pagan for Christmas

I got some really awesome Christmas presents this year, so I thought I’d brag a little. “Ashes and Snow” by Gregory Colbert The first was the Ashes and Snow DVD.  If you’re not familiar with Ashes and Snow, it’s a “poetic field study” by Gregory Colbert that depicts a world in which the natural and [Read More...]

The role of faith and hubris in Paganism

Last week I came across a word that, ten years ago, I would never have thought to see in a Pagan context: “faith”. In fact, I came across it several times: The first time I noticed it was after reading Christine Kraemer’s post “Opening a Pagan Theological Dialogue” at the Sermon in the Mound. Encouraging [Read More...]

The questions that led me to Neopaganism

When I left the Mormon church, I felt a strong need to justify myself.  A Mormon can request to have their name removed from the church records by putting the request in writing.  You don’t have to state your reason, but I wanted to, so I wrote a lengthy letter (10 pages) itemizing my issues.  [Read More...]

Confession: I Love Christmas

I have a confession to make.  Yes, I love Christmas.  I’m Pagan, and I love Christmas — not just Yule or the Winter Solstice (although that is part of it) — I love Christmas.  We just brought in our live Christmas tree and I’m listening to “Silent Night” and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and [Read More...]

A proposed categorization of magical terminology

In an excellent essay entitled, “The New Old Paganism”, Ronald Hutton reviews the history of “magic” as a concept among academicians.  Starting with James Frazer, magic was defined in contradistinction to religion, the latter consisting of petitioning supernatural powers for favors and praising them, the former consisting of human manipulation of supernatural powers.  Later, Ruth [Read More...]


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