My Yule Sounded Alot Like Christmas Too (Part 2)

3.  Paganism and Christianity In my previous post, I proposed that the reason why there are so few original winter solstice songs for Neopagans and the reason why the winter solstice is treated as a minor holiday by Neopagans is one and the same:  Neopagans have an aversion to all things Christian.  A good example [Read More...]

Why My Pagan Yule Sounded a Lot Like Christmas Too (Part 1)

Over at Bishop in the Grove, Teo Bishop took issue with the singing of Paganized Christian hymns in his group’s Yule ritual.  The complaint was that it was disingenuous, and that Pagans need to develop our own music.  I want to respond to this on a few levels: first on the question of Pagan music, [Read More...]

Justice, Karma, and the Savage Garden

Last Sunday in our “Spirit Circle” discussion at the UU Church, we had one of our typical discussions that was all over the place and is difficult to summarize.  It started with the question, “How do your beliefs play out in your daily life.”  We rapidly got off that track and at some point one [Read More...]

I am down with rainy days

The sun is back out after a couple days of rain.  Grey and rainy days get me down.  An area of low atmospheric pressure characterized by rain and unstable weather is called a “depression”.  Like the sky is depressed. For some reason, probably not coincidentally, I decided to pick up the book, The Hours, by [Read More...]

Getting the Story Straight

Last night during our (belated) family Autumn Equinox ritual, my wife got frustrated.  Specifically, she got frustrated because of the “fuzzy” nature of Neopagan myth. Here’s some background: My wife’s LDS (Mormon), but very supportive of my Pagan faith.  In case you’re just joining my blog, I used to be LDS.  I left the Mormon [Read More...]

Chicago Pagan Pride

I just got back from Chicago Pagan Pride and I am having my obligatory Pagan identity crisis. I was pleased with the turnout at the event.  There were hundreds of people there, not all of them Pagan I think.  There were about two dozen booths.  Although most of them selling the obligatory crystals and nondescript [Read More...]

A more interesting idea of goodness

My wife teaches a class once a month at her Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) congregation.  She teaches the women’s group called the Relief Society.  Each month she is assigned to give a lesson on the subject of a talk given by one of the (male) church leaders at the most recent biannual General Conference of the [Read More...]

Dionysus Torn to Pieces: or, Being the Allergic Pagan

As I am sitting here struggling to breathe because of my allergies which have turned into a cold, and I thought of a poem by Robert Graves, one of my favorites: Poised in air between earth and paradise Paradise and earth, confess which pull Do you feel stronger? Is it of homesickness Or of passion? [Read More...]