Ancient Paganism Memorial Day

Today is the date of the death of Julian the Apostate, the last pagan emperor, in 363 CE.  Like many of the cultural elites of his time, Julian was a philosophical pagan, viewing the pagan gods as allegorical.  He was also a student Neoplatonic theurgy. Julian encouraged the restoration of paganism as the state religion, [Read More...]

Why my story (and yours) is important

A week ago Sunday, in our Unitarian Sunday morning spirituality discussion group, we talked about what the Buddhist in our group called “now-ism”, a form of mindfulness, which is a kind of pseudo-Buddhism advocated by Eckhart Tolle and others.  We also talked about gurus and the need for spiritual teachers.  It was a good discussion.  [Read More...]

New Family Summer Solstice Celebration

For various reasons, we held our family summer solstice celebration during the daytime this year.  Last year it was night time and I took advantage of the darkness.  We danced around a fire wearing homemade masks (and likely terrified any neighbors who happened to see us.)  I posted the outline of last year’s ritual here.  [Read More...]

My daily practice (revised): The spiritual practice of going through the motions

(Note: Sorry to everyone who got emailed the incomplete version of this post.  My fingers moved too fast and it posted before it was ready.) Over at Patheos, Star Foster has written a great post about struggling with daily practice which she entitles “Slacker Paganism”.  I am a big advocate of at least trying to [Read More...]

Dream: Finding my soul outside the Pagan community?

For someone who considers himself “Jungian”, I don’t dream very often.  Or rather, I don’t recall my dreams very often.  When I do, they usually seem very significant.  I woke up yesterday morning from a dream and I stumbled out of bed to find a pen and pad to write down the details. The dream [Read More...]

The Challenges of Family Rituals

I’ve now posted all eight of my family seasonal celebrations: Winter Solstice (Yule) Myth: The Sun Child and Mother Night. Activity: We released lanterns with New Year’s wishes on the longest night. Lesson: In the darkest time of our lives, there is always hope. Mid-Winter (Brigid) Myth: Cerridwen’s Cauldron of Inspiration Activity: We melted snow [Read More...]


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