Chastity vs Hedonism

Fasting. By Jean Fortunet via Wikimedia Commons

A few weeks ago (months maybe?) a reader asked me via Facebook if I'd write about chastity vs hedonism. Sure, I said. I like reader prompts...Chastity is related to abstaining from sexual activities of all kinds. Hedonism implies a rampant indulgence in all lustful desires. Hedonism conjures up images of luxurious excesses of all kinds of fleshly pleasures, not just sexual ones. I think the real issue in these words is what role does austerity play in our lives? Should it have one? If so, … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Gods

I am not a druid pirate.

I wrote last week about being young and feeling called by the gods. André Solo wrote a great post last week on how difficult it is to hear the gods. He says that hearing the gods is not difficult just because we need space to hear their voices, or skill in listening, but because we so often are listening for what we want to hear, what we think we're supposed to hear. This ties into Aine's quote at the beginning of my last post: We want our calling to be Awesome.What if the call is … [Read more...]

Being Called While Young

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"What I never saw talked about, in books, in blogs, was what it means to be called as a young person. See, I thought it was Grand, it was Good. I was called young, that meant I could do a lot! But what it really meant was that I gave up dreams that everyone dreams. I'd replaced them with visions of holy fire and new myths."Aine Llewellyn, former Patheos blogger, wrote this on her Facebook page recently. Aine is hard at work developing a new tradition, the Otherfaith. I admire her work a … [Read more...]

Monism – Your Mileage May Vary

Juneau old growth forest - where I first experienced Otherness.

In my corner of the internet there is some discussion (and some insulting, some deliberately not listening, and some jumping to conclusions) about monism and polytheism. Here are my two cents.Monism is the idea that there is one unifying source. It is NOT the same as monotheism. Monotheism is the idea that there is one god and one god only. Almost all monotheists are monists, but not all monists are monotheists. Can polytheists be monists? Yes, yes they can. How important are such … [Read more...]

Reach Out and Touch Faith

[Written at the beginning of my blog project, when I was just getting to know Hinduism. I still feel that this post speaks to my experience.]I don’t know if it’s the time spent in the Christian world or the time spent in the pagan world that makes me think I need to have a Personal Relationship with the Divine.In the Evangelical Christian world it’s all about one’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As hard as I tried I never felt close to Jesus. I felt more connected to the abstrac … [Read more...]

What is Feri?

By Katharine Cameron, 1908, from Thomas the Rhymer.

[I've updated this post from 2011. I thought it would make an appropriate response to Wednesday's guest post. Enjoy!]Feri* is……Feri is a form of traditional witchcraft. It’s an American-born, syncretic tradition, informed by Hoodoo, Voudoun, Huna, Wicca, Yoruba, Gwyddon (Welsh witchcraft), Appalachian folk tradition, and probably more that I just don’t know about. Victor Anderson saw himself drawing on ancient commonalities, the current of the ‘small dark peoples of the earth.’ … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why I Am A Faerie Witch

"The Witch" Salvatore Rosa 1646

[Willow Moon has had a long and abiding interest in traditional Witchcraft since the 70′s which led him to be initiated and trained in a number of Witchcraft traditions.  In the early 80′s he met his first primary Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He started learning Buddhist practice and Tibetan language by engaging in week long mediation retreats and daily puja. Since that time he has continued to study both magic and meditation on a daily basis and in longer retreats. He is active in teaching Faerie W … [Read more...]


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