Festivals, Retreats and Immersion

Today’s edition of The Wild Hunt is a speculative piece on the future of Pagan festivals. Jason Pitzl-Waters, inspired by this blog entry by ritual magician Frater Barrabbas, wonders if despite record attendance at large festivals like Pagan Spirit Gathering and Pantheacon, perhaps the days of the Pagan festival are numbered. The argument is basically [Read More...]

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The Temple of Zeus

the Temple of Olympian Zeus, seen from the Acropolis The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens is huge – 134 feet by 353 feet, just slightly smaller than an American football field. It was supported by 104 columns 55 feet high. Today only 15 columns remain standing, plus a 16th lying on the ground. Some [Read More...]

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The Tension of Uncertainty: Faith and Doubt

The issues of doubt and faith have come up multiple times recently, which probably means it’s time for me to write about it. Eric Scott has this piece on Patheos where he discusses his disappointment (though not surprise) at being unmoved by an energy current that others could feel. Jeff Lilly dug up this two-year-old [Read More...]

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True Blood and Religion

And their flesh shall nourish yours, their blood shall flow within you, for as the beetle nourishes the lark so shall human nourish vampire – from “True Blood”’s Vampire Bible While most of my reading is in the realms of religion, science and history, I still do some reading for pleasure. And when I do, [Read More...]

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Islam in Turkey

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

The title of this post should be “The Observations And Impressions Of An American On His First Visit To A Country Where Islam Is The Predominant Religion.” But that’s way too long, so I’m going with “Islam in Turkey.” Tour guides in Turkey are licensed by the government and licensing requirements are stringent. Tourism is [Read More...]

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The Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus, viewed from the rear Hephaestus is a god of fire, volcanoes and smithcraft – especially blacksmithing. He’s the son of Zeus and Hera, though various sources say one of them threw him off Olympus either because they were upset over his imperfection (Hephaestus is “the lame god”) or because he sided [Read More...]

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Researchers

Egyptian Summer Solstice – opening the temple If you hold open circles and advertise them publicly, sooner or later a researcher will show up at your door. Some e-mail ahead of time and ask permission while others just show up. They’re not hard to spot: most dress more conservatively than your average circle-goer, and while [Read More...]

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I Went to Heaven – A Pagan View

One of the good things about internet news and social media is that it’s easy to find people and things you like. The downside is that you can miss things outside your interest zone that are generating a lot of attention in other circles. Since I mainly hang out in the Pagan, UU and liberal [Read More...]

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