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

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

A “Truce” Which Requires Silence Cannot Produce Peace

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…]

We’re All Appropriating Dead Pagan Cultures

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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The Image on this Header is Holy to Me

This is where I write about my spirituality. This is where I write about holy things. And this image is holy to me. Now maybe you can’t appreciate the connections I’ve drawn. I don’t expect you to. But I do expect you to respect the fact that the connection exists for me. It is as real and as holy to me as your relationship to your gods is to you. [Read more…]

On Gods and Stained Glass Windows: A Response to Morpheus Ravenna

I’m glad that the stained glass windows are there, standing between me and the sun. They give me something beautiful to appreciate, something to relate to. I might sometimes go outside and stand in the direct sunlight and bask in its unmediated warmth – some mystical experiences are like that. But as wonderful as that experience is, I wouldn’t want to give up the stained glass windows. It’s true that all the colors of the rainbow exist within the white light of the sun, but I can’t appreciate them in that form. It’s just too hard for human beings to relate to an undifferentiated Oneness. We need diversity and color. [Read more…]

Believing In Our Myths, Without Believing Them

We need to find a way to live mythically, without taking our myths literally — to believe our myths, without believing in them. We need our myths to live by, but we also need to be conscious that we have a choice of which myths to live by. Not all myths are equal. And we really could use some good myths nowadays. [Read more…]


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