7 Reasons Why Christmas is Part of My Pagan Wheel of the Year

1.  Yule is NOT a minor sabbat. “Whenever I hear a Neo-Pagan say that the winter solstice is a ‘minor Sabbat’, I can’t help but roll my eyes.  What makes it ‘minor’?  The fact that Margaret Murray only listed the cross-quarters as witches’ sabbats?  Because Gerald Gardner only added the quarter days as an afterthought? [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…]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 2: The Search for the Triple Goddess of Antiquity

I trace the evolution of the Greco-Roman triple goddess par excellence: Hekate-Diana. Many Pagans will be familiar with the Hekate and Diana as triple goddesses, but they did not start out that way. The Greek goddess Hekate begins as a singular Great Goddess. She then becomes a tri-formed goddess of witchcraft, the moon, and crossroads, and is syncretized with the Roman goddess Diana. Finally, in Apulieus’ Golden Ass, Hekate-Diana is syncretized with the Great Goddess again. Along the way, she takes the form of “triplicities” and “triads”, but only hints at a true “triunity”. [Read more…]

Why I have hope for Unitarian Universalism

What if, instead of trying to create religious space for everyone to “believe what they want”, we UUs were to build a church around the idea that every person’s beliefs and experiences contribute to the diversity of our spiritual community and thereby strengthen it? What if instead of tolerating our differences — Humanists, Buddhists, Pagans, Christians, and so on — we looked across the aisle to find the object of our reverence in the faces of the people whose spirituality is different than our own? What if the object of our worship is neither God nor our own egos, but that elusive wholeness called “spiritual community”, that which transcends our individuality and becomes greater than the sum of its parts? Is that not a manifestation of “Spirit of Life” — life evolving, life in all its diversity? Could that be our “transcendental ideal”? Might that not fill the “God-shaped hole”? [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…]


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