So Sannion, Galina Krasskova, and John Halstead walk into a bar, and the bartender says …

You thought it wasn’t possible.  You thought it couldn’t be done.  But I have lived to tell the story! I’m here to tell you that you can sit down with that person from the Internet who you think hates you and have a civil, even friendly, conversation.  Tonight, I had Pagan Tea Time over Skype with Sannion and Galina Krasskova … yes, that Sannion and that Galina.  We even talked about polytheism and Paganism.  In fact, that’s pretty much all we talked… Read more

Gods I have known, Part 2: Macrocosm

What is the relationship between the gods of my psyche and the gods of nature? They are not the same, but the are connected, connected through me. The morning sun rising in the east and the Bright Youth are not the same, but the sun I see through my window in the morning does call to the Bright Youth in me. And the Bright Youth responds. The earth I touch with my fingers calls to the Mother, in both her guises, Nurturing and Devouring. The bright green shoots rising from the earth and the green leaves on the trees on my street in the spring, these call to the Stag King. I am a clearing where the gods within and the gods without meet. Read more

Gods I have known, Part 1: Microcosm

I have come to know many other gods. They were always present with me, but I discovered their names and their words of invocation in the myths of antiquity, in the literature of today, and in my dreams. I invoke these gods and goddesses at my altar. I pour libations to them in their seasons. I honor them and hold each sacred in their time and place. Read more

What the heck is Jungian polytheism?

Why call these archetypal forces gods? The reason I call them “gods” is because I can’t think of any other word that adequately describes the overwhelming influence that these powers have over our lives. In a very real sense, they are living us. Read more

Pagan Tea Time with Conor O’Bryan Warren

I’m not sure I’m going to have time to blog about every Pagan Tea Time I have with different Pagans and polytheists over the next month, but I do want to share a little about good conversation I had with Conor O’Bryan Warren over Skype recently.  (I forgot my tea, but Conor had his.)  Conor is the author of the blog, Under The Owl’s Wing.  He is a Hellenistai, which if you don’t know, means he worships the Greek gods. … Read more

Varieties of Polytheism®

There are also other forms of polytheism, in addition to a Jungian “polytheism”, which don’t really fit in the narrow definition of “the belief in and veneration of multiple Deities as distinctly independent Beings external to the human mind.” Read more

Why I Don’t Call Myself a Polytheist

In the recent debate over my alleged misappropriation of the term “polytheist”, I think something small, but significant got lost in the debate: I never actually called myself a polytheist. The offending post was entitled “(Neo-)Paganism is Paradox”, and it listed nine theological concepts which characterize my Neo-Paganism, including panentheism, polarity, process, and … yes, polytheism. I explained that, to a Neo-Pagan like me, polytheism does not mean a belief in separate and distinct gods, but more of a belief… Read more

Pagan Tea Time with Rhyd Wildermuth

I was very excited when Rhyd Wildermuth asked me if I’d like to have Pagan Tea Time with him over Skype.  For one thing, if you follow my blog, you know I idolize Rhyd a bit.  I was a bit reticent, though, because we are very different people.  Would we have anything to talk about?  Would I bore him to death?  Would he be offended by my very existence?  Could we avoid arguing about our differences? I turns out, I… Read more

What I believe, just me and no one else

1. I believe the archetypes are gods. … 5. I believe we have common ground. … 10. I believe that, if you disagree with me, you can say what you want on your private blog. Read more

(Neo-)Paganism is Paradox

Neo-Paganism, as I understand it, is a paradoxical religion which holds that the complexity of divinity cannot be contained in any one creed or any single image of divinity. Therefore, my Neo-Paganism embraces paradox. Here is a primer on my Neo-Pagan theology encapsulated in nine paradoxes (all starting with “P”). Read more