Ritual during times of illness

I’m sick.  It’s my biannual, post-allergy season cold.  The hard stuff last about 2 or 3 days, and then I have a week of messy aftereffects.  I can recognize the signs much more quickly now.  It seems appropriate that I would come down with this about a month after starting the Allergic Pagan blog. When [Read More...]

Meso-Wicca and Neo-Paganism

Over at Patheos, two weeks after Star Foster lauded the praises of traditional initiatory Wicca, which included such points as “Hierarchy is good” and “Wicca-focused Wicca”, she now has raised the issue of Christian elements, like the Watchtowers, in traditional Wicca.  This was followed by a second post asking whether Wicca is a Christian heresy, [Read More...]

My Daily Practice: Evening Devotional

[Revised 2/27/14] So here is my evening practice, which I do in front of my altar at home.  First, I have to explain how my altar is set up.  The left side of my altar is occupied by symbols of the masculine divinity and the right side by symbols of the feminine divinity.   With the [Read More...]

Intercessory Prayer and Cruel Miracles

The topic in the discussion group at my local UU Church today was prayer.  As usual, it was all over the place and hard to follow.  On my left was the Buddhist who told about an experience he had praying to a boddisattva that he does not believe in to help him find his way [Read More...]

Blog Response: John the Pagan

Over at Patheos, Star Foster asks about people’s Craft/Spirit names.  Here’s my response: I’ve always found the craft/spirit name thing to be off-putting, at least when it is used publicly (as opposed to being used only in magical/ritual practice).  I admit, I’m a mainstreamer and I would like to see Paganism treated as a serious [Read More...]

Pagan Archetypes

Over at Alison Leigh Lilly’s blog, Peace, Poesis, and Wild Holy Earth, she brings some wonderful insight to the question of Pagan (in her case Druid) identity: “As a religion, modern Druidry has grown up around the archetype of the Druid as the wise sage, the inspired poet, the bright-eyed seer and the lover of [Read More...]


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