The Dictionary Is Not A Holy Book

Language is a living thing — especially religious language. It is supple and flowing, and that can be exasperating, especially to those who carry a deep unconscious fear of life. I know that fear. I have to resist it all the time. But I also know that real meaning is not to be found between the covers of a book — especially not the dictionary. [Read more…]

The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 1: Introduction

Neo-Paganism may be understood as an initiatory or mystery religion. While Wiccan initiation is an example of both group and personal initiation, Neo-Pagans can experience a personal initiation without joining any group. [Read more…]

Five ritualists I’d like to invite to dinner, Part 2: Steven Posch

“Paganisms are not proselytizing religions. We don’t have to proselytize. Our job is to provide for ourselves a vibrant, flexible, and ongoing sustained pagan culture that is so beautiful, so rich with, and so sexy and so desirable that people will want to come to us because they see us and they say, ‘I want what they have.'” — Steven Posch [Read more…]

Where the sidewalk ends: Suburban enchantment

The chill wind was blowing gently and the cattails waved back and forth like they were animate. And I felt, for all the world, like they were talking to me. Not talking with words, but saying something nonetheless. What were they saying? I think this is what they said to me: “This is real. You are here. You are alive.” [Read more…]

The Grass is Always Greener: What Unitarianism is and what I wish it were

Sometimes, going to my Unitarian church on Sundays feels like an act of “spiritual suicide.” I am grateful for what Unitarianism is, even while I wish it could be more. [Read more…]

The myth of objective consciousness

In my last post, I wrote about Theodore Roszak’s critique of the Age of Affluence and its “treacherous parodies of freedom, joy, and fulfillment.”  Roszak’s The Making of a Counterculture was one of the important signposts on my early spiritual path.  I first discovered this book in my high school library and it was like [Read More…]