Away, Come Away

neither land nor sea, neither day nor night

I’m seeing a lot of ancestor-related posts as Samhain approaches.  If it weren’t for our ancestors we quite literally wouldn’t be here – honoring them is right and good.  But I honor my ancestors as part of my daily prayers – it’s the first prayer in my afternoon cycle.  Virtually all our group rituals include at least an invitation for the ancestors to join us and offerings to welcome them.  So for me, Samhain isn’t ancestor time – that’s every day. When I think of … [Read more...]

Hearing the Call

Crow Flies

In a comment to the last post on my experience of the Goddess Danu, Lilia asked: how does one know when a God/dess is calling them? Certainly, I have a couple who interest me, but I don't really know what to listen for from them. My first thought was “if you have to ask, she probably isn’t.”  There is some truth to that – when deities call they tend to be blatant or persistent or both.  Still, that gut-level response isn’t entirely accurate, nor is it a helpful way to answer an … [Read more...]

Danu

Danu statue by Maxine Miller

As a polytheist I recognize all gods, I honor many, and I work with and for a few.  But I have a very close relationship with two:  Cernunnos and Danu.  They claimed me as theirs and I serve them as priest. Cernunnos is first among equals.  He spoke to me long ago when I still thought there was only one god.  He introduced himself again when I began my Druid studies.  I’ve communed with him (intimately at times), I’ve written about him, and I’ve led rituals in his honor. Danu … [Read more...]

Trusting the Gods

Thunder Hole 07 28

Monotheists’ commands to “trust God” are a double-edged sword.  On one edge, they promote wishful thinking and a passive acceptance of the status quo that can easily turn into the spiritual opium Karl Marx ranted against. But the other edge of that sword can be helpful.  Whether you are a Stone Age hunter-gatherer, a medieval peasant working the land, or a high-tech city dweller, you are dependent on many people and processes that are out of your control.  It can be comforting, even … [Read more...]

Of Goddesses and Warriors

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One of the great things about stories in general and myths in particular is their ability to convey different messages to different readers.  Even with historical accounts where there is only one set of facts, there are many interpretations of what those facts mean.  Some interpretations are more helpful than others, some are more reasonable than others, and some are more loyal to their origins than others, but none are true or false in an objective sense. At Beltane, Denton CUUPS presented … [Read more...]

The Call of a Goddess

Morrigan

The question I’ve heard most frequently over the past year has been “how do I find my god?” – how do I find a patron deity? I love hearing this question – it shows someone is genuinely seeking, and it shows they’re thinking of gods and goddesses as real, distinct, individual beings.  If you’re a pantheist or a monist or a duotheist, that’s fine (and who knows – you might be right), but I’m a polytheist and I like seeing other people working through religious questions … [Read more...]

A Commitment to the Gods

books 07.10.13

In a sermon several years ago, Denton UU Minister Emeritus Rev. Don Fielding said “there is only the natural world and it is enough.” I’ve always appreciated that about Don – he tells you what he really thinks. At the same time, he’s been supportive of those of us who see things differently. He led the memorial service for CUUPS member James Stevens in 2010 and did a beautiful job that honored James and his Pagan beliefs. Don Fielding is a good minister and a good friend. So it … [Read more...]

Mystery

07 39a Cadillac Mountain

Several commenters on my last post (both here and on social media) have pointed out that John Halstead’s original essay on the Three Centers of Paganism included the idea that the three centers overlap. That’s correct, of course, and I’m hardly unique in my quest to integrate Nature-centered, self-centered, and deity-centered beliefs and practices. But I feel a particularly strong need to consciously combine three separate identities into one whole identity. Beyond my own concerns, it … [Read more...]


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