D.H. Lawrence, the proto-Pagan (part 2)

I’ve previously posted about D. H. Lawrence before.  I am fascinated by his ideas, especially by his shorter writings.  (I am still trying to trudge through Sons and Lovers, which is supposed to be his best novel.)  Professor Hutton identified Lawrence as a proto-Pagan in his Triumph of the Moon.  But an entire book could [Read More...]

Spiritually, but not religiously, Pagan

Recently at the Bishop in the Grove blog, Teo Bishop wrestled again with the label of “Pagan”.  The question of my Pagan identity has come up frequently in this blog as well.  The fact that I have named the blog “The Allergic Pagan” might suggest that I have resolved this problem, but it has not.  [Read More...]

Why My Pagan Yule Sounded a Lot Like Christmas Too (Part 1)

Over at Bishop in the Grove, Teo Bishop took issue with the singing of Paganized Christian hymns in his group’s Yule ritual.  The complaint was that it was disingenuous, and that Pagans need to develop our own music.  I want to respond to this on a few levels: first on the question of Pagan music, [Read More...]

My love/hate relationship with Neopaganism, Part 2

Why I love Neopaganism: #1   I love that Neopaganism honors the dark as well as the light. Jung wrote that “one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,but by making the darkness conscious.”  Probably the most significant realization of my life has been that I am not one; I am many seeking to [Read More...]

My love/hate relationship with Neopaganism, Part 1

Why I hate Neopaganism: #1   I hate magic.  Most Neopagans seem to believe in some form of instrumental or practical magic (i.e., spells).  I have complained extensively about this elsewhere.  Not only do I not believe in the mechanics of “raising energy” or the premise that intention is power, but I find the notion [Read More...]

Justice, Karma, and the Savage Garden

Last Sunday in our “Spirit Circle” discussion at the UU Church, we had one of our typical discussions that was all over the place and is difficult to summarize.  It started with the question, “How do your beliefs play out in your daily life.”  We rapidly got off that track and at some point one [Read More...]


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