How Birds and Bunnies Save My Sanity

I am not a bird lover.  I don’t have bird pets.  I don’t own a single pair of binoculars, and I don’t own any bird identification guides.  I know a Robin from a Cardinal, but that is about it.  Still, I found myself feeling especially grateful for birds this spring. I live in Northwest Indiana. [Read More...]

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American Neopaganism, Part 3: Past, Present, and Future

In this final part of my American Neopaganism series, I want to talk about different groups which represent, to one degree or another, the kind of open, eclectic, celebratory, and earth-centered (read non-initiatory, non-traditional/non-recon, non-esoteric, and non-deity-centered)Neopaganism I have been describing and calling “American Neopaganism”. One very good example, which dates back to the beginning [Read More...]

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American Neopaganism, Part 2: “I think I may be a Wiccan”

In my last post, I wrote that Neopaganism was a distinguishable tradition from Wicca, and one that is in some ways at odds with the esotericism in which Wicca is rooted.  In spite of that fact, through a series of historical accidents, the two are now almost entirely intertwined.  The way this happened is interesting. [Read More...]

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American Neopaganism, Part 1: An Imaginary Tradition?

The AmericanNeopaganism.com website which I maintain will be taken down next month.  I’ve maintained it for several years now, and it’s been about a year since I made any changes to the site.  All of my writing energy has gone into this blog.  I’ve decided to let the domain lapse until I figure out what [Read More...]

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Happy Lusty Month of May!

If hereafter any highly cultured, poetical nation shall lure back to their birth-right, the merry May-day gods of old; and livingly enthrone them again in the now egotistical sky … – Herman Melville, Moby Dick It’s May!  I love May!  And not just because it’s my birth-month.   I was raised on the movie version of [Read More...]

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Family Mid-Spring Ritual: Jesus and the Goddess

For May Day, I usually take my family to the CUUPs celebration at the UU Church where we dance around a maypole.  I also wrote a mini-ritual for my family, called “Jesus and the Goddess”.  Since my wife is Christian and my son identifies as Christian, it makes sense to find ways to incorporate Christian [Read More...]

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