The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 5: The Dying God

Scholars have criticized Jame Frazer’s Golden Bough, arguing that he glossed over significant differences in order to find his archetypal Dying God. But regardless of whether ancient pagan gods fit the archetype, Frazer’s theory has had a profound influence on contemporary Neo-Paganism. Frazer was a significant influence on Jane Ellen Harrison, Robert Graves, Dion Fortune, D.H. Lawrence, and other writers, who were themselves influential on Neo-Paganism. [Read more...]

Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. – Novalis My wife hates poetry.  I think she feels intimidated by it, like it’s a secret someone is keeping from her.  I like poetry.  Now I am no T.S. Elliot fan, but I love Rilke and Mary Oliver.  The first poet I fell in love with was [Read More...]

People Who Inspire Me — Part One (Deceased)

Each of the individuals below is someone whose writings have has a profound influence on me, but who also are people who I admire because of their biography as well. 1.  John Trevor (1855-1930) The founder of the British Labour Church.  I’ve posted about Trevor before and will post about him again.  I half suspect [Read More...]

Descensus Averni Day 2: Palingenesis

Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach. — Pindar Last night, before I did my ritual, I felt strongly compelled to watch Darren Aronofsky’s movie, “The Fountain”, again.  It’s my favorite movie and is almost a religious experience for me to [Read More...]


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