Maxim Monday: Praise Hope

The sun rises, even in winter in Alaska. By ra64 from nome, usa (sunrise 12:45pm 12/22/06) via Wikimedia Commons

Expectation, desire, wishes, ambition - these are words associated with hope (so Google tells me). As with most things, these words can express extremes. They can conjure up a fantasy world disconnected with the harsh realities of life, the worst of 'magical thinking.' Or they can be expressions of a positive attitude, high expectations, and the best of magical thinking.This ancient oracle encourages us to praise hope, so let's look to the second, more positive take on this word. I'm an … [Read more...]

Let’s Have Tea!

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Patheos Pagan editor, Christine Hoff Kraemer, has issued a call to all of the bloggers and readers here at the Pagan Portal. She'd like to see us build community. I have found that in my short time blogging at Patheos my online community has expanded significantly. It's nice. I'm looking forward to meeting several of my fellow bloggers in person at next month's Pantheacon, as well as Rhyd  Wildermuth when he passes through my town.In an effort to expand this community, I am taking up … [Read more...]

The Four Powers of the Sphinx

Bonaparte Before the Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1867-68.

The Four Powers of the Sphinx are as follows: to Know, to Will, to Dare, and to keep Silent. I can't tell you the history of this grouping, if it's ancient or not. I know Crowley talked about them. T Thorn Coyle wrote an entire book based on them. I've been thinking of these powers a lot lately, mostly in light of the last one.I'm good at Knowing. I have always been a self-motivated learner. If I can't find some one to teach me, I will press forward myself. I have an advanced degree in … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Be jealous of no one

Allegory of Jealousy by Luca Ferrari

Welcome back to my Maxim Monday series, where we look at the values and advice given by the Delphic Oracle. We're only about half way through all of the Delphic Maxims!"Be jealous of no one" - this is great advice, for all spheres of life. Wanting what another a person has can be quite motivating or inspiring. What causes problems is the negativity and resentment that can come with wanting what other people have. If we start dwelling on what others have, we start to view our own possessions … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. A day where we all eat the same meal containing too many carbs and too much sugar. A day where we drive some distance to be with family we only see once a year at most. Or a day where we're plotting our shopping itinerary to take advantage of Black Friday sales that start at midnight to buy cheap shit we don't need.Ok, that's the cynical view, but on a broad scale I'm not too far off. I love me a holiday, so while I am deeply cynical of the holiday … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Give back what you have received

I think this is basically an ancient way of saying 'Pay it forward.' I absolutely agree with this idea. Now that I have a family, I believe this even more. I can respect and care for my parents, who have given me much for my success in life. But I can pass on the gifts and resources to help my kids succeed as a way of paying forward the generosity shown to me.And not just my kids, but everyone's kids. Modern America is a divided society, segregated primarily by class. We have less upwards … [Read more...]

Maxim Monday: Test the Character

I feel like this one is incomplete, as in an incomplete sentence. Test the character of what? But I suspect this one is telling us to test the character of the people around us.Knowing of what sort of character our friends and family are made of is a good idea. Can we trust them? Do their words and actions line up? But I don't think we actually need to test anyone's character. If we just pay attention we'll find that people reveal their character regularly. In my experience, life is full of … [Read more...]


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