What Scares Me

Teo Bishop has a post on Patheos titled “Paganism Beyond the Warm and Fuzzy.” He describes two personal experiences where someone almost died in dramatic fashion and one dream where he was sure he was going to die, then says:All things have their place, and there is certainly a place for the warm and fuzzy in Paganism. But I think it’s also necessary to remember that there are parts of nature, and aspects of the Kindred we worship, that can be violently cold, fiercely wild, and terribly awe insp … [Read more...]

The Parthenon

In looking through some notes today I realized that while I’ve written about five of the ancient temples I visited earlier this year, I never wrote about the most famous of them, the Parthenon in Athens. The Parthenon, dedicated to Athena Parthenos, is the largest structure on the Acropolis of Athens. It was completed in 438 BCE and was used as a temple for over 800 years until 435 CE, when the Christian Byzantine emperor ordered it closed. Sometime before 600 it was converted to a Christian c … [Read more...]

As Fast as a Speeding Oak

I intended yesterday’s post on the perspective of the gods to be about the importance of taking a longer range view of things, but it ended up going in a slightly different direction. So today I want to come back to the topic of time and the rate of change. What I have to say can be summed up fairly simply:Big changes happen slowly. Work diligently.Evolution is perhaps the most obvious example. After the giant reptiles were killed off, it took 60 million years for the first human-like c … [Read more...]

The Perspective of the Gods

Millions of years of evolution have given us the instinct to live for today – eat all you can now, since you don’t know when you’ll be able to find food again. Thousands of years of civilization have taught us to plan ahead, to plant crops and build houses. The two combined have taught us to moderate our self-interests enough to care for our children and grandchildren, since we know that while we will die our genes – and perhaps more – will live on in them.But we still have trouble seeing beyon … [Read more...]