Setting The World Straight

03 09 Thoreau statue

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...]

A Meditation on Earth

back yard closeup

When you hear “Earth” what comes to mind? The ground on which we walk? The soil that nurtures plants and other life? This planet, the 3rd rock from the Sun? The living ecosystem of which we are a part?All these descriptions are correct, and the fact that they are all correct is worth contemplating. What is Earth? To The Earth A Hymn of OrpheusO Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source, Endu’d with fertile, all destroying force; All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs, Produce a … [Read more...]

Co-workers With the Gods

Athena Nashville 2010

This week the Patheos Conversations on Religious Trends moves to the Spirituality Channel. Their question asks “Is the Veil Thinning?” Here’s an excerpt from the full question. Many of those deeply interested in the spiritual life apart from particular religious traditions believe that the evolution of religion itself has been leading to a new age of god-awareness, an age of cosmic harmonizing between human consciousness and divine reality … many believe that the time is now; the veil is thinnin … [Read more...]

A Meditation on Water

Crete 2012

The four classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth are foundational to the Western Mystery Tradition and its many offshoots.  Even if that’s not your path, the elements remain a useful way to relate to life at a high level.  We’ve contemplated Air and Fire; today I invite you to join me in a meditation on the element of Water. To The Sea A Hymn of OrpheusTethys I call, with eyes cærulean bright, Hid in a veil obscure from human sight; Great Ocean’s empress, wand’ring thro’ the dee … [Read more...]

A Meditation on Fire

CUUPS camping Nov12 25

The four classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth are foundational to the Western Mystery Tradition and its many offshoots.  Even if that’s not your path, the elements remain a useful way to relate to life at a high level.  Following last week’s meditation on Air, today I invite you to join me in contemplating the element of Fire. To Fire A Hymn of OrpheusO Ever untam’d Fire, who reign’st on high In Jove’s dominions ruler of the sky; The glorious sun with dazzling lustre bright, … [Read more...]

A Meditation on Air

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The four classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth were very important to my early Pagan practice.  Like so many, I came into Paganism through Wicca, and the four elements and their corresponding directions, tools, and themes are foundational to Wiccan practice.  They’re also a part of OBOD Druidry and many other groups with roots in the Western Mystery Tradition.As my practice has become more polytheistic I’ve found myself working less and less with the four elements.  Though they ha … [Read more...]

Exercising Your Will

07 15b dry stacked stone

Rhyd Wildermuth has a long and thought-provoking essay on Saturday’s Wild Hunt titled Manifesting An Other World.  In it, he argues that beliefs should mean something – they should cause us to take action to manifest the kind of world we say we value.  This is particularly true for those of us who worship Gods we believe are real, distinct, individual beings – Gods who are capable both of blessing us immensely and of making our lives as miserable as Prometheus.Many Pagans don’t seem to take t … [Read more...]

A Druid in the Marketplace of Religions

07 30 Cliffs of Mohor

I used to have a boss who’d get upset when I’d qualify my answers.  “Yes, we can have that job finished a week early, if a key supplier gets their parts here early, if the engineer’s design doesn’t require any modifications, and if the assemblers work more overtime than we have a right to require.”  He wanted an enthusiastic “yes!”  I felt I owed him an honest assessment of the situation.I’ve tried to carry that honesty into my religious writing and speaking, partially because it’s the right … [Read more...]


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