Archives for June 2012

Islam in Turkey

The title of this post should be “The Observations And Impressions Of An American On His First Visit To A Country Where Islam Is The Predominant Religion.” But that’s way too long, so I’m going with “Islam in Turkey.” Tour guides in Turkey are licensed by the government and licensing requirements are stringent. Tourism is [Read More…]

The Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus, viewed from the rear Hephaestus is a god of fire, volcanoes and smithcraft – especially blacksmithing. He’s the son of Zeus and Hera, though various sources say one of them threw him off Olympus either because they were upset over his imperfection (Hephaestus is “the lame god”) or because he sided [Read More…]


Egyptian Summer Solstice – opening the temple If you hold open circles and advertise them publicly, sooner or later a researcher will show up at your door. Some e-mail ahead of time and ask permission while others just show up. They’re not hard to spot: most dress more conservatively than your average circle-goer, and while [Read More…]

I Went to Heaven – A Pagan View

One of the good things about internet news and social media is that it’s easy to find people and things you like. The downside is that you can miss things outside your interest zone that are generating a lot of attention in other circles. Since I mainly hang out in the Pagan, UU and liberal [Read More…]

Summer Solstice

Hail, O Sun and Gods of the Sun! We call you and we honor you on this Solstice, the height of your power and the longest day. Without you there could be no life on Earth. The North Texas skies were overcast this morning – I couldn’t see the rising Sun. But like so many [Read More…]

The Temple of Isis

Isis – or Auset, to call her by her Egyptian name instead of the more commonly known name the Greeks gave her – is one of the nine deities of the Ennead, the oldest gods and goddesses of Egypt. She is the daughter of Geb (the Earth) and Nut (the Sky), and the sister and [Read More…]

Apocalypse Not

Not all my vacation was spent visiting temples – I also did more reading than I’ve done in months. Long flights and evenings of rest following hours of hiking over ancient ruins present an opportunity to read that I don’t get enough of during “normal” times. One of the books I put on my Kindle [Read More…]

The Temple of Artemis

crossposted with No Unsacred Place The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today all that’s left is one column and a few low stones; the result of fires, earthquakes, plundering and the centuries of neglect that accompanied the shift from Classical Greek religion to Christianity and [Read More…]