Archives for March 2009

No Devil in the Craft

Last Thursday night ABC’s Nightline featured a debate on “does Satan exist?” I didn’t see it. For one thing, it didn’t look interesting enough to keep me up past my bedtime. And I had a pretty good idea what it would look like. Dallas Morning News Religion Blogmeister Jeff Weiss said “This was to real [Read More…]

Knowing vs. Believing

Notre Dame University has invited President Barack Obama to be its commencement speaker at this Spring’s graduation. As Obama’s pro-choice, pro-stem cell research policies are at odds with Catholic teaching, this is generating some conflict in Catholic circles. Christianity Today has an interview with Francis Beckwith, a philosophy professor at Baylor University who resigned as [Read More…]

King Tut

On Friday, Cathy and I went to see the King Tut exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. Here’s the short review: if you can afford the time and money, it’s a chance to see some fascinating artifacts that are 3500 years old. But if you saw “The Quest for Immortality” in 2003 or Hatshepsut [Read More…]

Ostara Recap

Last night was our CUUPS Ostara Circle, a beautiful ritual led by Bonnie and based off a previous Ostara ritual composed by Dolores. We had 35 in the circle plus another 7 in childcare, which is a good turnout for us. My week of preparation was helpful in a general sense, but I can’t say [Read More…]

Happy Equinox!

As of 6:44 AM CDT today it’s officially Spring. A Happy Equinox and Blessed Ostara to everyone. Last night’s meditation on the Goddess Ostara was difficult to describe. As you may (or may not) know, Ostara is a Germanic goddess, sometimes spelled Eostre – from which we get the Christian term “Easter”. Not much is [Read More…]

Distractions, Distractions…

After only four days of “preparation,” I’m finding it difficult to maintain an intensely spiritual mindset. I seem to be able to handle normal day-to-day distractions, but let something unusual (or unusually irritating) pop up and concentration becomes nearly impossible. It’s times like this that make me think I should abandon Paganism and become a [Read More…]

The Balance Between Light and Dark

I think I need to begin by stating that I don’t see light and dark as good and evil. We need a balance of light and dark in our lives – we don’t need a balance of good and evil. I’ve heard it said that good is balance and evil is imbalance… I’m not sure [Read More…]

Where Have All the Gardners and Crowleys Gone?

That’s the title of a WitchVox essay by Juniper, a “hedgewitch” from British Columbia. Her blog is here. She asks: “Why are there no more Gardners and Crowleys?” “Where are the women like Doreen Valiente and Janet Farrar and Dion Fortune in younger generations?” Read the whole essay for yourself. It’s a rant, but it’s [Read More…]