(Neo-)Pagan Sensibility

I want to take a time out from my 2012 blogroll review and talk briefly about the latest attempt to resolve the Pagan identity-crisis.  No, I don’t mean Star Foster ditching the Pagan label a few of days ago — something which was not at all surprising given her attitude toward other Pagans six months [Read More...]

The many shades of Pagan embarrassment

“You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you shall blush because of the gardens that you have chosen.” – Isaiah 1:29 In a previous post, I wrote about “Being Embarrassed by Paganism”.  I’ve been surprised at the responses.  While some people took it as an attempt to perpetuate [Read More...]

Defining Paganism and Neopaganism

I can’t believe I am diving into this linguistic swamp again, but here goes. Recently, I’ve been engaging in some online discussions with polytheists and the “Pagan enough” debate was aroused, of course, and it got me thinking. One person in particular, L.S.,  insisted that the term “Pagan” is meaningless and should be abandoned — [Read More...]

Paganism and Real Live Nature

Recently Teo Bishop wrote a wonderful post about his experience of doing ritual in nature.  (Sometimes I think I should rename this blog “What I think about awesome things Teo Bishop has said”.)  Anyway, in his post, Teo writes that when he performs a certain ritual indoors in the city, he lifts his hands toward [Read More...]

The Three (or more?) “Centers” of Paganism

This post is part 2 of a 3-part series.  In the first part, I discussed how I had come to realize the ego-centrism of my earlier view of the Pagan community. Celebrating Nature, Working Magic, and Honoring Deities Imagine that the Pagan community has not one, but multiple “centers”.  Imagine each of these “centers” defines [Read More...]

Confession: Pagan Fundamentalism

This post is part 1 of a 3-part series.  Previously, I posted a 3-part series about my vision of Neopaganism when I came to the movement.  The previous series was a kind of retrospective.  This series will be more forward-looking. I have a confession to make.  I have been guilty of a kind of Pagan [Read More...]


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