Teo Bishop: When ritual doesn’t goes as planned

Check out this wonderful post by Teo Bishop about a beautifully planned ritual that does not turn out as planned — and about how the unexpected can be a manifestation of the divine. [Read more...]

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Poetry moment

I just wanted to share this.  I have this feeling more often than I care to admit … When you have been at war with yourself for so many years that you have forgotten why, when you have been driving for hours and only gradually begin to realize that you have lost the way, when [Read More...]

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Family Spring Equinox Ritual

Here’s my outline for our upcoming family Spring Equinox celebration: Lord and Lady Day Spring Equinox Prelude: “Freya and Frey” chant by Thorn Coyle and Sharron Knight Hail to Freya, beauty of the North Seer of the hidden realms within Whose golden braids entwine the hearts of lovers Be welcome, lusty queen of wild things [Read More...]

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Why we need a statement of Pagan “first principles”

At my UU Church this Sunday, we had a planned discussion of what people wanted more/less of in the worship service.  We wrote things we liked and things we wanted to change on sticky notes and note cards.  Many of the comments, including my own, asked for more spirituality in the worship service.  This was [Read More...]

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Check out B. T. Newberg’s post: “In defense of ‘gods’”

Check out B. T. Newberg’s recent post at Humanistic Paganism: “In defense of ‘gods’”, where he discusses the usefulness of the term to naturalistic Pagans. [Read more...]

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When everything is sacred, nothing is

I’ve often wondered what it is that makes humans human.  Is it our developed forebrains and opposable thumbs?  We’ve named ourselves homo sapiens.  We are the wise apes.  We make tools.  We make war. Eliade called us homo religiosus.  We are the animals that bury our dead.  Others have proposed that what makes us human is [Read More...]

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