James Arthur Ray Convicted in Sweat Lodge Deaths

New Age guru and The Secret celebrity James Arthur Ray has been convicted of negligent homicide for the deaths of Kirby Brown, Liz Neuman and James Shore in a sweat lodge ceremony he ran in 2009. Here’s a link to a story in the Los Angeles Times, commentary collected by Jason of The Wild Hunt, [Read More...]

Happy Solstice!

We work to live in harmony with the Earth every day, but some days our connections seem stronger. Today is one of those days. Today is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Pay attention to the point on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets – this is as far North as you’ll [Read More...]

Egyptian Summer Solstice 2011

Last night was Denton CUUPS’ 8th annual Egyptian Summer Solstice circle. None of us are Kemetics, but as long as there has been a Denton CUUPS, we’ve had at least one member who is strongly drawn to Egypt and the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Some years our ritual has been very elaborate, other [Read More...]

A Contrast in Values

I could not ask for a better contrast to yesterday’s post on Pagan values than this tweet from Southern Baptist leader Rev. Al Mohler: “Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective ‘treatment’ for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ.” Pagan values flow from our experiences of Nature, of the gods and goddesses, and [Read More...]

Pagan Values

For the third consecutive year, June has been declared “Pagan Values Month.” Pagan bloggers and podcasters have been asked write and talk about Pagan values – what they are and why they’re important. I think any question of values has to start with origins – where do our values come from? Some conservative monotheists claim [Read More...]

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is legendary German director Werner Herzog’s documentary on the Paleolithic rock art of Chauvet Cave in France, which was discovered in 1994 and quickly sealed off to prevent damage and contamination. Few researchers and no tourists are allowed in the cave, and those who do get in have strict limits [Read More...]

Letter to Myself at Age 12

I recently had occasion to speak with a young person who is trying to deal with a difficult family situation. Although in many ways this situation is different from the problems I faced at that age, I found myself remembering… remembering things I had gladly forgotten. As I was trying to find the right words [Read More...]

Pagan Prayer Beads

I’ve always been fascinated by prayer beads. I suppose that’s because I grew up Baptist, and Baptists wanted nothing to do with religious objects, much less anything so “Catholic” as prayer beads. The grass is always greener and all that. I’ve thought about making my own prayer beads for a long time, but the idea [Read More...]