Beyond Female Role Models: The Triple Goddess as Nature

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The Triple Goddess was not intended to be a role model for women. Rather, she represents Nature. And the relationship between the Triple Goddess and us reflects our relationship with Nature. To us, she is Mother, Lover, and ultimately, Slayer. We are her children, all of us, male and female. And we are, all of us, also her lovers and victims. [Read more...]

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Your goddess is not a fad, but you may wish she was sometimes

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The Morrigan is a battle deity. And whatever you believe about her metaphysical nature, her presence is not necessarily a good thing. We associate her with the fight for sovereignty, justice, human dignity, and freedom, but might she not have also been behind our national craze for retribution which followed 9/11? [Read more...]

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Why I don’t trust the gods (at least not if I’m alone with one)

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I think it’s a mistake to assume the gods are benign. The word “worship” derives from the Old English word for “worthy”. I wonder then, why have I rarely seen the question asked whether the Pagan gods are worthy of worship. To put it another way, why should we assume the gods can be trusted? If the gods are paragons of virtue, are they not also paragons of vice? The polytheistic gods, as I understand them, are not necessarily good and they are not omni-benevolent. If the myths are to be believed on any level, the gods are just as flawed as human beings — they just have more power. Why bow down to power, if it is not paired with virtue? One answer perhaps is that the gods should be worshiped because they are — just as nature can be worshiped because it is. Nature is not moral or virtuous, but worship (or reverence) is a natural human response to it. But worshiping something and trusting it are two different things. I don’t ever assume that nature is benign or trustworthy. Why should we assume the gods are trustworthy? [Read more...]

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These aren’t the gods you’re looking for.

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At some point in your spiritual journey, you have to stop looking over other people’s shoulders and wondering what’s in their god box, wondering if someone might be having a deeper spiritual experience than you. I guess I am at that point. I like my god box just fine. I’m pretty sure it’s empty. In any case, it’s my box and I’m keeping it. [Read more...]

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Gods I have known, Part 1: Microcosm

"Zeus no longer rules Olympus but rather the solar plexus." -- Carl Jung

I have come to know many other gods. They were always present with me, but I discovered their names and their words of invocation in the myths of antiquity, in the literature of today, and in my dreams. I invoke these gods and goddesses at my altar. I pour libations to them in their seasons. I honor them and hold each sacred in their time and place. [Read more...]

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What the heck is Jungian polytheism?

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Why call these archetypal forces gods? The reason I call them “gods” is because I can’t think of any other word that adequately describes the overwhelming influence that these powers have over our lives. In a very real sense, they are living us. [Read more...]

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