Archives for July 2012

The Call of the Morrigan

Last night I was finishing a speculative post on the nature of the Universe and how that provides a framework for magic. Before I could wrap it up, I felt a tap on my shoulder from a goddess. Morrigan: “You need to write about me next.” John: “I will, just as soon as I finish [Read More…]

Fat, Health and Society – A Pagan Approach

I have a strong opinion that those who point out problems have an obligation to offer solutions. Perhaps professional journalists can be exempted, but for anyone else – and that includes politicians, editorialists, bloggers, teachers and religious leaders – if you’re going to complain then also say what you think would make the situation better. [Read More…]

Fat and Athletes and Expectations

Last week the Pagan internet exploded with posts on the issues of obesity, health, body image and the mainstream society’s impossible standards of attractiveness. It started with this well-meaning but ultimately insensitive post by Peter Dybing asking why we don’t talk about the relatively high percentage of Pagans who are obese. Star Foster logged in [Read More…]

Apocalypse Not

Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal, Yucatan Apocalypse NotDenton Unitarian Universalist FellowshipJuly 22, 2012 Introduction – The Maya and Their Calendars For a long time we’ve been warned something big is coming at the end of this year. On December 21, 2012, the Mayan long count calendar comes to an end, and with it, the end [Read More…]

Tragedy and Uncertainty

Early this morning a 24 year old man in Aurora, Colorado went into a midnight showing of the new Batman movie and opened fire. As I write this, 12 are confirmed dead and 59 more are injured. James Holmes was a graduate student in neuroscience, but he was preparing to withdraw from school. He had [Read More…]

No More Chick-Fil-A

I’ve always known Chick-fil-a and the people who run it have different values than I do. That’s OK – I don’t have to share your values and I certainly don’t have to share your religion in order to do business with you. As fast food goes, Chick-fil-a tastes good, is reasonably priced, and is less [Read More…]

Low Magick by Lon Milo DuQuette

One of the problems with occult studies is that they’re occult – hidden. What does a real magician do? Most of us don’t run into magic workers in our daily lives and when we do we don’t recognize them. Fictional stories of magic workers are fun and can be inspirational, but most of those stories [Read More…]

The Value of Travel

In all my years of schooling – kindergarten through graduate school – I have only two regrets. One is that I dropped Spanish after 10th grade, once I found out none of the colleges I was considering required a foreign language for a degree in engineering. The other is that I never went to Florida [Read More…]