Ritual and Culture

We Pagans like to call what we do “the old ways” and while the question of the direct lineage of our beliefs and practices is a matter of debate (a debate I find interesting but not particularly useful), there is no question we are inspired by our pre-Christian, mostly-European ancestors. But if you want to [Read More...]

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A Contemplative Season

On several occasions I’ve mentioned the need for a contemplative season in modern Pagan religion. By the solar calendar this should be the season between Samhain and Yule. But our mainstream culture makes this period so overwhelmingly busy that it’s virtually impossible to maintain a quiet introspective outlook for more than a few days. But [Read More...]

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Looking Back on a Year

Tomorrow is the first day of the secular New Year and with it comes the inevitable New Year’s Resolutions. While new resolutions have value despite their clichéd weakness, before you make any new resolutions, set any goals or make any plans, let me encourage you to take an in-depth look at the year that is [Read More...]

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The End Is Nigh

The Pyramid of the Magician – Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico A lot of people used December 21, 2011 to look forward 366 days (leap year next year) to the Winter Solstice of 2012, which some believe the Mayans predicted would be the end of the world. Or the end of an era. Or the beginning of [Read More...]

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Solstice Meditation

Tonight is the longest night. As we wait in anticipation for the rebirth of the Sun at dawn, it’s helpful to contemplate where we have been and where we are going in the coming year. It’s important to recognize and celebrate your successes. You have accomplished much, perhaps more than you realize. Name your triumphs [Read More...]

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With You Always?

Those of us who grew up in Christianity were taught that God is always watching you. Part of that was to deter you from doing what you weren’t supposed to do, but part was the comfort of knowing you’re never completely alone: “God is with you always.” Of course that only applied to Christians: Southern [Read More...]

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A Foot in Both Worlds

I live with one foot in the world of science and the other in the world of magic. I am an engineer and a Druid, a corporate manager and a priest. It is not the easiest path to walk… though I think most of us who are Pagans in the 21st century West walk this [Read More...]

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Altars

I’m working on something fairly deep and it’s not going to get finished tonight. Until then, let me point you toward author and teacher Thorn Coyle’s new blog post on altars. It’s quite good – go read it for yourself. The important point is that altars aren’t decorations. They’re representations of what you hold sacred, [Read More...]

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