Ordeals of Initiation

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An ordeal isn’t just a hard and stressful experience, even if it teaches you something valuable. An ordeal is something that’s hard and stressful for the purpose of testing and transformation. [Read more...]

Faith in the Wrong Things

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Those who put their faith in Democrats – or Republicans, or Libertarians, or Communists – have been let down over and over and over again. There is no reason to expect things will be different next time. Instead, put your faith in something older, stronger, and more certain. [Read more...]

Counting on a Miracle

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Recognizing a miracle is a beautiful thing. Counting on a miracle is a recipe for failure. [Read more...]

The Gods Laugh

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We made detailed plans and preparations for our Samhain ritual. And then the Gods and ancestors showed up with plans of their own. [Read more...]

Samhain: Looking Toward Death

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Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

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Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing. [Read more...]

Samhain – A Solitary Ritual

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Of all the high days on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is perhaps the most conducive to solitary observances. There’s one thing you can do better by yourself than in a group – listening. And while listening is an appropriate activity at any time, it’s especially important in this season. [Read more...]

Sacrifice and the Fear of Real Gods

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Real Gods are a lot scarier than the polytheist next door killing, cleaning, and cooking a chicken in his back yard and seasoning it with prayers and invocations. [Read more...]


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