I’ve forgotten why I cared: The irrelevance of (un)belief in the gods

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Have you ever asked a question and then, in the course of the ensuring conversation, forgotten why you asked the question in the first place?
I’m feeling like that. I’ve forgotten why I cared whether gods are real. [Read more...]

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Someone said something stupid on the internet … so I went to my altar.

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Yesterday, I read a blog post that tested my recent commitment to abstain from Internet drama. My habit would be to respond to their post a post of my own, to break it all down line by line, and then hit back with a rebuttal. Instead, I went to my altar. [Read more...]

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My Religion is Rooted in the Holy Powers of the Soil

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My religion is rooted. In fact, it is a religion of roots … and of tubers and worms and actinobacteria. I am a dirt worshipping Pagan. My gospel is the gospel of compost. [Read more...]

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I Hold These Things To Be Sacred: A Reply to Sarenth Odinsson

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I hold these things to be sacred and holy: all life, the earth, nature, our selves, our bodies, our relationships. [Read more...]

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A “Truce” Which Requires Silence Cannot Produce Peace

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There will never be a clean separation between Pagans and Polytheists. There will always be people who move back and forth between the two communities, like children of a joint custody arrangement. And we will continue to use much of the same vocabulary, albeit using many of the same words to mean different things. We will continue to bump up against each other in online and IRL forums. So silence is not an option. [Read more...]

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We’re All Appropriating Dead Pagan Cultures

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Do those who are attempting to revive a dead culture have the right to claim vicarious victimhood? Culturally all of us are much closer to the perpetrators than to the victims of the cultural crimes that we are claiming to be vicarious victims of. We’re all of us — eclectic Neo-Pagans and polytheistic reconstructionists — in the same boat. And living in a pluralistic society, we have to get used to the idea that others will use our images and our words in ways that are sacred to them, but alien to us.
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