In Defense of an Eclectic Pantheon

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I think the prohibition against mixing pantheons has less to do with the gods and what they do or do not like and more to do with us.  When we mix pantheons it creates cognitive dissonance, at least for some of us. I think all this talk about the gods being uncomfortable with each other is us projecting our own cognitive dissonance onto them.  If the gods are more than our projections, then they must be beyond such human limitations as xenophobia.  Let’s own up to the real reason for our discomfort. [Read more...]

Five ritualists I’d like to invite to dinner, Part 2: Steven Posch

Steven Posch

“Paganisms are not proselytizing religions. We don’t have to proselytize. Our job is to provide for ourselves a vibrant, flexible, and ongoing sustained pagan culture that is so beautiful, so rich with, and so sexy and so desirable that people will want to come to us because they see us and they say, ‘I want what they have.’” — Steven Posch [Read more...]

Five ritualists I’d like to invite to dinner, Part 1: Shauna Aura Knight

Shauna Aura Knight

This is the first in a series in which I showcase some of the best ritualists I have met (in no particular order). First: Shauna Aura Knight, a mystic and shamanic ecstatic priestess. [Read more...]

A politically incorrect opinion on cultural approriation by eclectic Neopagans

Eclectic Neopaganism is criticized by anthropologists and other academics who condemn the removal of religious symbols and practices from their cultural context as trivializing, as well as by feminists and race advocates who condemn the theft of the traditions and practices of another culture as another form of Western colonialism, and finally by other Pagans.  [Read More...]

Tradition, Rootedness, and Freedom

Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Who, day and night, must scramble for a living, Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers? And who has the right, as master of the house, To have the final word at home? The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. From Fiddler on the [Read More...]

Right Livelihood

I just finished Chapter 22, “Marriage and Loneliness”, in John Trevor’s autobiography, My Quest for God.  In this chapter, Trevor struggles with balancing the security of marriage and work with the desire for spiritual growth.  On the one hand, he explains that marriage grounded him in a way he had never been before: “It was [Read More...]


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