Imbolc – A Solitary Ritual

Brighid altar 01.19.15

Many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. Here’s an Imbolc ritual for honoring and communing with the Goddess Brighid suitable for a solitary setting. [Read more...]

Who Are Our Ancestors?

Bryn Celli Ddu, Anglesey, Wales

When we honor our ancestors we realize we are the beneficiaries of their lives and their work. Because of them, we are here. Because of us, future generations will be here. Will they look back on us as mighty ancestors who left them a healthy world and a thriving culture? Or will they look back on us as we look back on ancestors who owned slaves and slaughtered the buffalo? How do you want to be remembered? [Read more...]

Religion and Smart People – A Reasonable Response to Unreasonable Smugness

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Don’t try to tell me I need to abandon a path that’s proved meaningful and helpful just because some people believe some dumb things and some smart people don’t believe anything at all. Religion is much more than belief. [Read more...]

Killing Your Inner Fundamentalist

Newgrange - the entrance kerbstone

A foundation of evidence and reason are important, but inner fundamentalists and inner atheists cannot be reasoned away. It is in our first-hand experience of the mysteries of the Gods and Nature that our lives are changed. [Read more...]

The Big Tent of Paganism

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What do Druids and Wiccans, Heathens and Hellenists, Thelemites and chaos magicians, shamans and seers, kitchen witches and tree huggers all have in common? Not a single thing. But there’s still value in the Big Tent of Paganism. [Read more...]

Non-Conformance and Diplomacy – The Realities of Being Pagan

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As people committed to social justice, it’s our job to build a society where differences aren’t a liability. But until then, this is the world we live in, and these are the harsh realities we face. [Read more...]

Three Short Reviews of Three Short Books

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Here are three short reviews of three short books: a resource on the Morrigan, a first-hand account of speaking with the Gods, and a book on modern Irish Paganism for children. [Read more...]

Atheists’ Ten Commandments

Mt. Stromboli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, 2012

A group of atheists did a nice job of developing their own Ten Commandments, but sometimes what we need isn’t new rules, or fewer Gods, or more Gods. Sometimes what we need is a completely different approach to how we think and how we live. [Read more...]


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