A Pagan View of Suffering

Poulanbrone, Ireland

Insisting there must be some grand cosmic purpose for suffering is not compatible with polytheist theology. The question of suffering is one modern Pagans need to contemplate as our religions grow and mature. [Read more...]

Three Books For Polytheists

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Here are three books for polytheists: a guide to devotional polytheism, an academic look at how the belief in many Gods may be humanity’s default setting, and a collection of devotions to the Morrigan. [Read more...]

Ordeals of Initiation

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An ordeal isn’t just a hard and stressful experience, even if it teaches you something valuable. An ordeal is something that’s hard and stressful for the purpose of testing and transformation. [Read more...]

Faith in the Wrong Things

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Those who put their faith in Democrats – or Republicans, or Libertarians, or Communists – have been let down over and over and over again. There is no reason to expect things will be different next time. Instead, put your faith in something older, stronger, and more certain. [Read more...]

Counting on a Miracle

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Recognizing a miracle is a beautiful thing. Counting on a miracle is a recipe for failure. [Read more...]

The Gods Laugh

our shrine to the ancestors

We made detailed plans and preparations for our Samhain ritual. And then the Gods and ancestors showed up with plans of their own. [Read more...]

Samhain: Looking Toward Death

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Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

Ballyalban Fairy Fort

Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing. [Read more...]


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