How Much Piety Do We Need?

Through pious practice we form and maintain connections to the gods, we are reminded of the differences between ourselves and the gods, and we start to close those differences and become more god-like. [Read more…]

Returning to Center

Becoming a powerful magician or a devoted priest – or a good Druid – doesn’t exempt you from ordinary troubles. But with dedicated, mindful practice, we can learn to recognize when we’ve lost our center and learn to return to it as quickly as possible. [Read more…]

The Challenges of Free Will

Taken to extremes, the concept of free will can be used to seek vengeance, blame victims and shift attention away from abusive and unjust systems. But while we must temper our enthusiasm with reason and compassion, we remain better off assuming we do have free will and conducting our lives accordingly. [Read more…]

The Cernunnos Ritual

What happens when a group of UU Pagans lead a devotional ritual to the Lord of the Animals and the God of the Forest? Good things. Very good things. [Read more…]

Fire in the Head

“Fire in the Head” from Sharon Knight’s new album Neofolk Romantique is both beautiful and terrifying… particularly when you’re dealing with your own fire in the head. [Read more…]

Fate, the Gods, and Free Will

The question of free will versus fate is a philosophical question that cannot be answered with complete certainty. But the overwhelming evidence shows we are better off assuming we do have free will and conducting our lives accordingly. [Read more…]

A Pagan View of Compassion

My theological basis for compassion is a religious basis, but it is also a naturalistic basis. My religion is informed and influenced by science. [Read more…]

UPG and Religious Uncertainty

The value of our religious beliefs and experiences does not come from their certainty. There is no certainty. The value of our religious beliefs and experiences comes from how well they help us live better lives. [Read more…]