Archives for July 2010

Spiritual But Not Religious?

I thought I was done with blogging until after the Gorsedd, but then a Facebook friend pointed me toward this column by Rev. Christy Thomas, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Krum, Texas. It’s part of a series she’s doing rebutting the excuses people give for not going to church (or, to be more [Read More…]

Spiritual Retreat

Tomorrow I’m off to the House of Danu Lughnasadh Gorsedd. The retreat center at Pema Osel Ling is beautiful – just spending a weekend there would be enough. But the main benefit I got when I went last year was three days away from everything: work, home, church, news, entertainment – everything that fills up [Read More…]

True Will

I mentioned a week or so ago that I’ve been listening to Thorn Coyle’s Elemental Castings. In one of them I came across a discussion of true will in its spiritual sense. Coyle, working out of the Feri tradition, described true will as “your big magic” and as “the work of this god.” I like [Read More…]

More Athena Pictures

I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Athena online, but none of her back or the detail of her shield.  So while I’m trying to find time to write something inspiring and meaningful for the blog, here are some views you may not have seen before. First, the back view, showing the details of her gown and [Read More…]

Athena Parthenos

Yes, there really is a full-sized replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, including a 42 foot tall statue of Athena. This is from my visit there in 2010. [Read more…]


I’ve recently been reminded of the importance of listening. I’ve done a lot of talking lately: leading the Pagan Tent Revival at the Spring Equinox, being the primary ritualist for the multi-group Beltane celebration, co-writing the CUUPS Egyptian Summer Solstice ritual, co-writing the funeral ritual for James Stevens, speaking at First Jefferson UU last Sunday, [Read More…]

Spells For Democracy – RIP

According to Gerald Gardner, in the Summer of 1940 the witches, druids, occultists and other magical practitioners of Britain joined forces for a series of simultaneous workings designed to stop Hitler from crossing the English Channel. “Operation Cone of Power” – which may or may not have actually taken place – was fictionalized in Katherine [Read More…]

How Facts Backfire

Via WitchVox, here’s an interesting article from Joe Keohane of the Boston Globe. The headline reads: “Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains.” When presented with new facts, most people don’t change their opinions. Instead, they react and become even more entrenched in their previously held ideas. I can’t say I was exactly [Read More…]