Confessions of a solipsist

“Solipsism” is a word I learned in college.   It refers to the belief that only one’s own mind is real.  Everything external to one’s mind is like a dream.  The word is also an epithet used to describe ideas which tend toward, but are not actually, solipsistic.  When I heard this word for the first [Read More...]

Family Mid-Autumn Ritual

Here’s the outline for my family ritual for All Hallows.  Because I was exhausted on Halloween, we decided to delay the ritual for a week, and so we celebrated it this past Sunday, which was closer to the mid-autumn point (Nov. 7) anyway.  This ritual is geared for the ages of my children 9 and [Read More...]

Memorial

About a year ago ( September 30, 2010), my uncle killed himself.  I was the first time I had experienced the death of someone close to me that I loved. This past Sunday, my local UU church observed a Day of the Dead service, and my family and I remembered Dan’s passing.  We brought pictures [Read More...]

The best laid plans …

Well, I said I would post the warts and all here.  Now I know why Pagan parents might not want to have a Pagan family ritual on Halloween.  After spending two days constructing a haunted house on my front walk and porch (and spending ungodly amounts of money), and then getting myself and everyone else [Read More...]

Halloween as a Holy Day

Over at Patheos, Star Foster has posted about Halloween and the Christian “war” on Halloween.  She emphasizes that Halloween is a “secular holiday”, even for most Pagans: “Yet only a very small minority of us actually claims to celebrate Halloween as a religious holiday, and generally if they do it’s either to use a common [Read More...]

Religious Identity, Boundaries, and Authority

I was just listening to a lecture which I downloaded from The Teaching Company entitled “The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition”.  (By the way, I love these lectures from The Teaching Company.  I’ve purchased over a dozen of them — always when on sale though.) Anyway, the lecturer, Teofilo [Read More...]


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