A Devotional Practice with the World at its Center

From my visit to Muir Woods

I realized that devotional practice is not limited to deity-centered religion. There can be an earth-centered or nature-centered kind of devotion too. What I needed was to develop a devotional religious practice, not toward gods, but toward the world. I needed to embrace the world as my Beloved, as my waiting lover. The world is that Divine Other I have been seeking who can draw me out of my ego. And I need a religious practice that will affirm, encourage, and sustain this embrace. [Read more...]

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How Vampires Led Me to Paganism

vampires do not sparkle

I just finished reading Margot Adler’s Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side. Adler’s fascination with vampires may seem strange to Pagans, but not me. In fact, vampires led me to Paganism. [Read more...]

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Five ritualists I’d like to invite to dinner, Part 1: Shauna Aura Knight

Shauna Aura Knight

This is the first in a series in which I showcase some of the best ritualists I have met (in no particular order). First: Shauna Aura Knight, a mystic and shamanic ecstatic priestess. [Read more...]

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Wiccanate Privilege Discussion at Pantheacon

“Wiccanate” is a term coined by Johnny Rapture, and it refers to American Neo-Pagan theological ideas and liturgical forms common to large public Pagan gatherings and rituals, which are derived from Wicca, but are perceived to be “generic” or “universal” to Paganism. “Wiccanate privilege” is a phrase that has been going round in polytheist circles recently. It refers to the ways in which Wicca-inspired ritual and theology are assumed to be normative for Paganism as a whole. [Read more...]

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Pantheacon 2014 Report

From right: Me trying to become cool by osmosis, Jason Mankey, PSVL, Nikki Whiting, John Beckett

I’m on the plane right now, headed back home from Pantheacon.  It’s been exciting and exhausting.  This year, I didn’t feel like I had to fill every time slot with something, which was good because I was wiped out as it was.  There are a few events that I want to devote an entire post [Read More...]

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These aren’t the gods you’re looking for.

obi-wan

At some point in your spiritual journey, you have to stop looking over other people’s shoulders and wondering what’s in their god box, wondering if someone might be having a deeper spiritual experience than you. I guess I am at that point. I like my god box just fine. I’m pretty sure it’s empty. In any case, it’s my box and I’m keeping it. [Read more...]

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