Wish upon Ostara: Why I wish Ostara was called something else

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The year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around. The problem with many of the Neo-Pagan Sabbaths is that we start with a name, then work out what the day should mean from its etymology and history, and then try to associate it with the season — which is completely backwards. [Read more...]

An atheist Pagan, an animist, and a devotional polytheist walk into a ritual …

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We have to accept that we can define words for ourselves, but not for others. And we have to be willing to hold hands and circle with someone who may have a very different interpretation of what is going on. [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts From July

There’s so much interesting blogging going on in our community. I want to highlight a few items from last month (in no particular order). [Read more...]

Longing and Grace in Lev Grossman’s The Magician King

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. … – Rilke You, the great homesickness I could never shake off … – Rilke I [Read More...]

Who wants to be a magician?

“There is another world, and it is this one.” – Paul Eluard I recently got turned on to Lev Gossman’s novel, The Magicians, after reading a review by Matthew Bowman on the Peculiar People blog on the Mormon channel at Patheos. So I bought the book, and I just finished it. It was excellent. As [Read More...]

Reality vs. Meaning

I’ve been watching this series on TV, “Awake”, and I noticed a parallel to some of my interactions with atheists and with believers.  The show is about a police detective (Britten) who is in a wreck with his wife and son.  Either his wife or his son die, depending on what reality he is in.  [Read More...]


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