Passing on my Paganism

This is what Paganism does for me. It brings out the holiness of the everyday: the epiphany of the sunrise, the mystery in the act of eating, the transcendence of genuine encounter with another person, the miracle in a blade of grass. This is what I hope to teach my children, whether they call it Paganism or not. [Read more...]

The waxing and waning of spiritual practice

I’ve written before about my struggle to maintain regular spiritual practice here and here and here.  Today, I came across some great advice in a comment to “Dver”‘s post at A Forest Door, “Do Not Stop You Devotions”, in which “Dver” advises not to stop devotions in times of personal crisis.  The comment was on a [Read More...]

I’m making it up

Where you’ve nothing else construct ceremonies out of the air and breathe upon them. – Cormac McCarthy, The Road I’ve never been good at tradition.  But going it alone, I have found, has its pitfalls too.  I was raised Mormon.  Mormonism is an authoritarian religion, so truth is defined and practice dictated from the top [Read More...]

Moving Beyond Character Creation

I am in a spiritual slump … again.  I have not been able to get into my practice for a long time.  I even took off my Pagan necklace because it just didn’t feel right.  It’s not that I don’t identify as Pagan.  It’s that I’m not feeling it.  I’ve lost my Pagan groove. Actually, [Read More...]

2012 Blog Roll, Looking Forward to 2013

Over the past several months, I have come across many posts on other blogs that I really wanted to comment on in detail here.  As the list piled up, I realized I was never going to get to them all, so allow me to briefly draw your attention to several items of interest, in case [Read More...]

Dreaming the Myth Forward

A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about New Year’s resolutions in anticipation of 2013.  I was looking forward to publishing my 200th post before the end of the year (this is No. 201) and I was considering taking a hiatus from blogging, just a short break, thirty days to refocus on my spiritual [Read More...]

Soul-Centered Paganism

This post is Part 3 of a 3-part series on my evolving sense of Pagan identity.  In Part 1 of this series, I admitted to being guilty of a kind of Pagan fundamentalism in my conception of the Pagan community.  In Part 2, I envisioned a Pagan community consisting of (at least) three centers with [Read More...]

Guest Post: “Not Believing Anything” by C. Luke Mula

C. Luke Mula is the author of The Way to Actuality blog, which was “founded to foster the discussion and discovery of Purpose wherever it can be found, regardless of religious or secular context”.  In this essay, Luke shares his experience of a liberating loss of belief and discusses the role that spiritual practice continues [Read More...]

My Daily Practice: Evening Devotional

[Revised 2/27/14] So here is my evening practice, which I do in front of my altar at home.  First, I have to explain how my altar is set up.  The left side of my altar is occupied by symbols of the masculine divinity and the right side by symbols of the feminine divinity.   With the [Read More...]

My Daily Practice: Morning Ritual

[updated 2/27/14] I want to share what my daily practice is.  My morning ritual, which is outlined below, involves four short prayers in the morning to the air, sun, water, and earth.  Then I have a prayer over meals.  And finally I have a ritual at night with candles.  The prayers are all taken from [Read More...]