What a Polytheist learned from Unitarian Universalists

Heretic t-shirt 01.31.15

Although it is safer to be a heretic today than in the past, claiming that identity carries certain obligations: you can’t flaunt your non-conformity while simultaneously demanding conformity from others. Well, you can, but it makes you look like a hypocritical fool. [Read more...]

When You Can’t Turn It Over To God

Southwestern Colorado 2009

Life is complicated. We can’t pretend it’s not, and we can’t expect a divine helicopter parent to take care of it for us. But we have resources for dealing with life’s complications, and we are far more resourceful than most of us assume. [Read more...]

Life Is Complicated – A Rant

Thoreau Cabin Replica

Pretending the world is simple when it’s not just makes you vulnerable to those who would exploit you for their own purposes. [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

the path

Nine Things I Think: a new Pagan blog, upcoming travel plans, Pagan conferences and retreats, and why I’m rooting for the Patriots in the Super Bowl. [Read more...]

Imbolc – A Solitary Ritual

Brighid altar 01.19.15

Many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. Here’s an Imbolc ritual for honoring and communing with the Goddess Brighid suitable for a solitary setting. [Read more...]

Who Are Our Ancestors?

Bryn Celli Ddu, Anglesey, Wales

When we honor our ancestors we realize we are the beneficiaries of their lives and their work. Because of them, we are here. Because of us, future generations will be here. Will they look back on us as mighty ancestors who left them a healthy world and a thriving culture? Or will they look back on us as we look back on ancestors who owned slaves and slaughtered the buffalo? How do you want to be remembered? [Read more...]

Religion and Smart People – A Reasonable Response to Unreasonable Smugness

3 candles

Don’t try to tell me I need to abandon a path that’s proved meaningful and helpful just because some people believe some dumb things and some smart people don’t believe anything at all. Religion is much more than belief. [Read more...]

Killing Your Inner Fundamentalist

Newgrange - the entrance kerbstone

A foundation of evidence and reason are important, but inner fundamentalists and inner atheists cannot be reasoned away. It is in our first-hand experience of the mysteries of the Gods and Nature that our lives are changed. [Read more...]


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