Naming the Whirlwind: speaking of “God”

What words or phrases do you use to name that experience of mystery and wonder which many people call “God”? Read more

Being an atheist just ain’t what it used to be

God is not the answer to our questions. “God” is the name for the question itself. This is not a God in the gaps, in the sense of God filling the gaps in our knowledge, gaps which are increasingly shrunk by the advance of science — it a God who is a gap-maker, a God whose only commandment is to “forbid our premature closing of accounts with reality”, a God who reminds us to “love the questions” at least as much as the answers. Read more

The Power of Simple Gestures

I extended my arms at my sides and turned my palms outward. Immediately I felt a change. I felt something happening inside of me. I felt less guarded, more open. I felt more connected to the other people in the room. I felt more open to the possibility of the ritual. All this just with a simple gesture! Read more

What in Sam Hain?

When I became Pagan, I was ready to embrace Halloween as a Pagan holy day. I was very disappointed to learn that most Neo-Wiccans/Neo-Pagans celebrate Samhain a kind of Pagan Day of the Dead or All Souls Day, with little to no connection to the secular celebration of Halloween. I do think it is very important to have a Pagan holy day honoring our ancestors though; I just think it should be separate. Read more

Prayers I Can Pray

I no longer ask you for either happiness or paradise; all I ask of You is to listen and let me be aware of Your listening. I no longer ask You to resolve my questions, only to receive them and make them part of You. I no longer ask You for either rest or wisdom, I only ask You not to close me to gratitude. Read more

What a Pagan can tell you about whether Mormons are Christian

The question of whether or not Mormons are Christians has less to do with Mormons than it has to do with the person asking the question. Read more

New Family Equinox Ritual: Balder’s Passion

I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a Balder myth-themed autumn equinox for over a year now. Our traditional equinox celebration focuses on the myth of Osiris, but something about the Balder myth called out to me to be turned into a ritual. So here is my script for our family autumn equinox celebration for this year. Read more

Cherish Our Polytheists: The balkanization of our community and what is at stake

Each time someone withdraws from Paganism, we lose not only their company, but also their voice. They withdraw not only from our community, but also from our conversation. And we lose some of the diversity of opinion that is essential to a healthy marketplace of ideas. Read more

Mabon, Mabon-Not

Mabon is a terrible name for the Pagan fall equinox. It’s obscure mythologically and only tangentially related to the season. We should choose a name that both fits the season and the Neopagan mythos associated with the date. The year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around. Read more

A Neopagan Celebrity Tarot (Part 2)

My nominations for the last 11 trump cards of the Tarot drawn from Pagan celebrities living and dead. Read more


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