Polytheism is the Future

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Editors' Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Patheos community here.This summer Patheos has featured a weekly series titled “Conversations on Religious Trends.” Each of Patheos’ eleven channels has addressed an issue of particular concern to its tradition – the Pagan Channel was asked to write on the failure of the environmental movement.For the final week, the editors asked represent … [Read more...]

True Blood Meets the True Death


There are no final episode spoilers in this review, although it does discuss the episode in general terms. There are spoilers for earlier in Season 7.I’ve always loved supernatural horror. I grew up rushing home from elementary school to watch the original Dark Shadows. I love the Universal monster movies of the 1930s and 1940s and Bram Stoker’s Dracula is rapidly catching up with Bela Lugosi’s 1931 version as my most-watched movie of all time.So when HBO brought Charlaine Harris’ Sookie … [Read more...]

In Praise of the Wheel of the Year

Druid Wheel of the Year by Dana Wiyninger

One of the first things I learned when I began exploring Paganism back in the early 1990s was the Wheel of the Year, the eight seasonal celebrations that are the sabbats of Wicca and the high days of Druidry. The Wheel was presented as the re-establishment of ancient Celtic holidays marking the agricultural cycle. The eight festivals were a way to reconnect to the land and to our pre-Christian ancestors and a an opportunity to celebrate being Pagan.I had trouble with the high days when I was … [Read more...]

Setting The World Straight

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In discussing Henry David Thoreau, mid-20th century American writer E.B. White said “Walden is the report of a man torn by two powerful and opposing drives – the desire to enjoy the world and the urge to set the world straight.” I am no Thoreau, but that statement describes my current conundrum quite accurately.I’m a Pagan in part because I see the world as something to enjoy. Our world is not fallen, it is becoming. Yes, life can be hard, and suffering is never far away, but there is so much … [Read more...]

Pilgrimage and Convocation

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Pilgrimage and Convocation by John Beckett Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship August 17, 2014 My Introduction to TravelWhen I was growing up, my family was blue collar middle class. We had everything we needed and not a lot more. Travel meant piling in an un-air-conditioned car with my parents and my pesky little brother and driving for hours on end to visit relatives. When we got there, my parents sat around and talked while I was left to fend for myself in a basement … [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think is an irregular feature whenever I have a list of things I want to talk about that aren’t long enough for their own individual posts. There’s no theme, just nine things I want to bring to your attention. Feel free to expand on any of these topics in the comments section.1) Pagan Pride Days will be starting soon – the day-long mini-festivals designed to promote cooperation between the various forms of modern Paganism and to tell the general public we’re here. For the ce … [Read more...]

Rewilding: Privilege and Reality

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As a polytheist I acknowledge all Goddesses and Gods, I honor and work with several, and I am formally dedicated to two. Of all those deities, Cernunnos is first. He has been with me since before I knew who – and what – He is, and I pray to Him every night. His is the first in my evening cycle of prayers.Like most of the Old Gods, He is not a jealous deity. I’ve spent much of the last three months in service to the Gods of Egypt and the Gods of Greece and I have neither heard nor felt the fir … [Read more...]

Rewilding Our World

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George Monbiot has a TED talk titled “For more wonder, rewild the world.” He tells how the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park has had a dramatic and positive effect on the entire ecosystem. Wolves reduced the number of deer, which allowed overgrazed lands to recover, which allowed trees to grow thicker and taller, which supported increased populations of birds, which has supported a general recovery of biological diversity in the park. The talk is good and worth the 15 minutes … [Read more...]