Archives for 2012

The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries

sheep grazing at Avebury The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries is a survey of encounters with faeries, banshees, corrigans and other varieties of fae in the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. It was first published in 1911; most of the accounts it relates are from the 19th century. [Read More…]

Sovereignty Before the Gods

photo from Wikimedia Commons If you write about religion beyond the level of platitudes, people are going to disagree with you. You can ignore them or you can get defensive, but if the criticism has merit you’d better give it some serious thought. Last week Morpheus Ravenna – the de facto High Priestess of Morrigan [Read More…]

A Call to Action

Last night’s Denton CUUPS Winter Solstice ritual was everything I had hoped it would be:  a good turnout, lots of participation, the presence of the gods and ancestors, and a very strong response to the Call to Action in the main working.  For those of you who couldn’t be there, here’s the Call to Action.  [Read More…]


I learned compartmentalization as a small child. I was an “A” student who loved books and learning and I attended a small fundamentalist church where the preacher was a high school dropout and no one in the congregation had been to college. I lived on a small farm and I attended suburban public schools with [Read More…]


The School of Athens by Raphael (1511) When I was in college I lived in a fraternity house with a ping pong table on the front porch. We played a lot – sometimes regular games and sometimes beer pong. When I moved in I could barely play; by the time I was a senior nobody [Read More…]

Between the Worlds

I’m back from four days at Between the Worlds, which bills itself as an “interfaith esoteric conference” for intermediate and advanced practitioners. Between the Worlds isn’t held every year, but rather “when the stars indicate that such a gathering is needed and favored.” This was my first – it came highly recommended and it did [Read More…]

The Price of Magic

USS Chesapeake, launched 1799, via Wikimedia Commons In witchcraft lore, in magical fiction, and in conversations with magical practitioners we occasionally come across the concept that magic comes with a price. Is this true? And if so, what kind of a price does magic carry? My basic model of magic has three parts: the manipulation [Read More…]

CUUPS Winter Solstice

If you’re in the North Texas area please join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for our Winter Solstice circle on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 PM.  Denton CUUPS usually holds our circles on the Saturday closest to the actual date of the holiday, with occasional adjustments for members’ schedules and competing events.  We’ve [Read More…]