It was warm enough to do last night’s meditation outside, which is always nice. The picture shows my torches at the quarters as viewed through the crepe myrtle trees in the back yard. I’ll let you decide if the “orbs” are dust specks or something more…I hadn’t even gotten through my opening meditation when I was bombarded with thoughts on planting, the first being that planting is a lot of work. When I was growing up my father planted gardens… Read more

During last night’s meditation on rebirth, I was struck with the theme of last Samhain’s ritual – in order for something to be reborn, you have to let it die. There are things in my life I need to let go of. Some of them are pretty straightforward… some of them are rather scary.Nobody said this was going to be easy.Tonight’s meditation is on planting. Read more

This week’s topic on The Witches’ Voice is Teaching and Teachers. I’ve read the first three essays and I recommend them, for different reasons. I’m going to comment on one of them in more detail in a future blog post.Teaching is a big deal in many Pagan groups (especially in Wicca) because until maybe 20 years ago, it was the only way to learn. There were very few books on Pagan and Wiccan practice, and the ones that were available… Read more

Last month I wrote about the need for a time of introspection in Pagan religion, and I suggested that we take the week before each of the sabbats to do that. I’m going to start tonight and spend some extra time in meditation for each of the next six nights. The exact moment of the Spring Equinox is Friday at 6:44 AM CDT, but our ancestors couldn’t have been that precise, and our CUUPS Ostara is Saturday night, so I’m… Read more

TIME Magazine has a feature on “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” It’s one of those eye-grabbing attempts to spot future trends in their infancy; a secular oracle for its mainstream readers. They’re mostly positive and it’s not unreasonable to expect that some of them will have a major impact in coming years. They include such beginning trends as recycling suburbs to something more sustainable and “ecological intelligence.”I want to comment on Idea #3 – “The New Calvinism.” I… Read more

Here’s an interesting topic. The HBO series Big Love is going to feature a Mormon “endowment ceremony” in this week’s episode. This is a sacred ritual that takes place inside the Temple, and only Mormons in good standing are allowed inside a Temple. Naturally, some Mormons are upset about their sacred, secret rituals being broadcast nationwide.Questions of Mormonism aside, how do you feel about this?My opinion is that the days of the Holy of Holies and the Eleusinian Mysteries are… Read more

I came across this on one of my lists – it began as a question on Yahoo Answers. It was directed toward Wiccans, which I am not, but I think they’re appropriate for anyone on a Pagan path. You can go here to view the original and some of the answers that were posted – here are mine.1. The threefold law. Do you really view this as a law or a universal truth?You get what you give, you reap what… Read more

Among the rest of today’s bad news is this article from the Dallas Morning News. With the price of gas less than half of what it was last year, people are abandoning small cars and buying trucks again. Idiots.In the interest of full disclosure, I drove trucks (albeit small trucks) for quite a few years. They’re handy to have, particularly if you have a spouse/partner with a car for the times you need to haul people or groceries instead of… Read more

This time at a Baptist church in Illinois. The pastor was killed and several parishioners were injured as, just like at Tennessee Valley UU, they charged the shooter and disarmed him. No word on any motives. Here’s the story as it stands now, from the AP via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.I remember Scottie Johnson’s sermon the Sunday after the incident in Knoxville. She ran off a list of perhaps a dozen acts of violence against churches – they were all… Read more

I just came across a very interesting blog on the Discover Magazine site, called Reality Base. It’s done by Adam Frank, and his bio says: Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester who studies star formation and stellar death using supercomputers. His new book, “The Constant Fire, Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate,” has just been published. He will be joining Reality Base to post an ongoing discussion of science and religion—you can read his… Read more

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