A Call to Action

Last night’s Denton CUUPS Winter Solstice ritual was everything I had hoped it would be:  a good turnout, lots of participation, the presence of the gods and ancestors, and a very strong response to the Call to Action in the main working.  For those of you who couldn’t be there, here’s the Call to Action.  [Read More…]

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Integration

I learned compartmentalization as a small child. I was an “A” student who loved books and learning and I attended a small fundamentalist church where the preacher was a high school dropout and no one in the congregation had been to college. I lived on a small farm and I attended suburban public schools with [Read More…]

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Learning

The School of Athens by Raphael (1511) When I was in college I lived in a fraternity house with a ping pong table on the front porch. We played a lot – sometimes regular games and sometimes beer pong. When I moved in I could barely play; by the time I was a senior nobody [Read More…]

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Between the Worlds

I’m back from four days at Between the Worlds, which bills itself as an “interfaith esoteric conference” for intermediate and advanced practitioners. Between the Worlds isn’t held every year, but rather “when the stars indicate that such a gathering is needed and favored.” This was my first – it came highly recommended and it did [Read More…]

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The Price of Magic

USS Chesapeake, launched 1799, via Wikimedia Commons In witchcraft lore, in magical fiction, and in conversations with magical practitioners we occasionally come across the concept that magic comes with a price. Is this true? And if so, what kind of a price does magic carry? My basic model of magic has three parts: the manipulation [Read More…]

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CUUPS Winter Solstice

If you’re in the North Texas area please join the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans for our Winter Solstice circle on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 PM.  Denton CUUPS usually holds our circles on the Saturday closest to the actual date of the holiday, with occasional adjustments for members’ schedules and competing events.  We’ve [Read More…]

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Seeking the Mystery

Paganism and Unitarian Universalism share the general idea that what you do is more important than what you believe. If you come to one of our CUUPS circles I don’t care if you worship Morrigan or the Great Mother Goddess or if you just love Nature and enjoy ritual. I do care if you conduct [Read More…]

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Purity Is Overrated

Most of us make our moral judgments intuitively and then look for a reason to justify our decisions. According to psychologist Jonathan Haidt, there are five primary moral intuitions that are universal throughout humanity: do no harm, fairness and reciprocity, loyalty to community, respect for authority and purity. These intuitions were not designed or discovered, [Read More…]

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