Brendan Meyers Interview

You should check out this interview at Humanistic Paganism of Brendan Meyers, author of Loneliness and Revelation and The Other Side of Virtue.  Brendan describes himself as “a kind of Pagan that the modern revival doesn’t know what to do about, nor how to deal with, at least not yet” — one who is “not [Read More...]

Plunging into the sea of matter

I struggle with periodic bouts of existential despair.  I don’t mean depression.  Just periods when I question what the point of my life is.  When I ask, “Is all this really worth it?”  At times like this, I feel like this world is not enough, that I secretly long for … something else. I’ve blogged [Read More...]

Spiritually, but not religiously, Pagan

Recently at the Bishop in the Grove blog, Teo Bishop wrestled again with the label of “Pagan”.  The question of my Pagan identity has come up frequently in this blog as well.  The fact that I have named the blog “The Allergic Pagan” might suggest that I have resolved this problem, but it has not.  [Read More...]

More Holidays

I recently decided I’d like to celebrate more than 8 holidays a year, so I am on the prowl for unusual holidays that speak to me as a naturalistic pagan.  I don’t need holidays from ancient religions or Reconstructionist religions.  Instead, I’m looking for modern holidays that don’t have anything to do with the seasons [Read More...]

My Yule Sounded Alot Like Christmas Too (Part 2)

3.  Paganism and Christianity In my previous post, I proposed that the reason why there are so few original winter solstice songs for Neopagans and the reason why the winter solstice is treated as a minor holiday by Neopagans is one and the same:  Neopagans have an aversion to all things Christian.  A good example [Read More...]

Why My Pagan Yule Sounded a Lot Like Christmas Too (Part 1)

Over at Bishop in the Grove, Teo Bishop took issue with the singing of Paganized Christian hymns in his group’s Yule ritual.  The complaint was that it was disingenuous, and that Pagans need to develop our own music.  I want to respond to this on a few levels: first on the question of Pagan music, [Read More...]


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