Who is Reading this Blog? (Survey)

Jason Mankey recently raised the question “Who are we writing for?”  This got me thinking. In the interest of getting to know my readers better, please answer the short 10-question survey below …   Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. [Read more...]

Why I don’t trust the gods (at least not if I’m alone with one)

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I think it’s a mistake to assume the gods are benign. The word “worship” derives from the Old English word for “worthy”. I wonder then, why have I rarely seen the question asked whether the Pagan gods are worthy of worship. To put it another way, why should we assume the gods can be trusted? If the gods are paragons of virtue, are they not also paragons of vice? The polytheistic gods, as I understand them, are not necessarily good and they are not omni-benevolent. If the myths are to be believed on any level, the gods are just as flawed as human beings — they just have more power. Why bow down to power, if it is not paired with virtue? One answer perhaps is that the gods should be worshiped because they are — just as nature can be worshiped because it is. Nature is not moral or virtuous, but worship (or reverence) is a natural human response to it. But worshiping something and trusting it are two different things. I don’t ever assume that nature is benign or trustworthy. Why should we assume the gods are trustworthy? [Read more...]

“Darkness Leaping Out of Light”: The Summer Solstice from a different angle

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If we celebrated the birth of the Sun Child to Mother Night on the longest night, what else would we celebrate on the longest day but the birth of the Dark Child from his mother, the Goddess of the Sun? [Read more...]

Neo-Paganism.org is now in the Beta testing phase

Neo-Paganism.org is an attempt to outline a Neo-Paganism that is distinct from both devotional and reconstructionist polytheisms and from traditional esoteric witchcraft. As “Pagan” is used increasingly as an umbrella term, some of us are left without a name to call our own. “Neo-Pagan” was the term originally used for us (coined by Oberon Zell), and like Phaedra Bonewits, I would like to see the term reclaimed. [Read more...]

Love, Earth, Body, Ritual: These are the threads of my emerging spiritual tapestry.

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Love, Earth, Body, Ritual: Over the next few months I’ll be writing about how I am attempting to weave these threads together into a meaningful spiritual practice. [Read more...]

Wiccanate Privilege Discussion at Pantheacon

“Wiccanate” is a term coined by Johnny Rapture, and it refers to American Neo-Pagan theological ideas and liturgical forms common to large public Pagan gatherings and rituals, which are derived from Wicca, but are perceived to be “generic” or “universal” to Paganism. “Wiccanate privilege” is a phrase that has been going round in polytheist circles recently. It refers to the ways in which Wicca-inspired ritual and theology are assumed to be normative for Paganism as a whole. [Read more...]


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