A Commitment to Nature

I do not have a commitment to Nature because I’m a Pagan. I’m a Pagan because I have a commitment to Nature. This is what it means for me to be a Nature-centered Pagan. Read more

The Lone Ranger – Telling It Like It Is

The Lone Ranger is a flawed film and much of what the negative reviews complain about is true. But I still liked it, and if you’re on the fence I encourage you to see it. For all its inaccuracies, it tells it like it is. Read more

Preparations and Invocations

Telling the stories of the gods is a great way introduce them to people who may not even know their names. Another way is to invoke the gods, to reverently invite them into the circle and ask them to touch those in attendance. Read more

Photography and the Sacred

The omnipresence of cell phone cameras and social media raises the issue of when and how photography is appropriate at sacred events and sacred places. The answer may be more complex than you think. Read more

Seeking the Mystery

Christine Kraemer’s Seeking the Mystery is now available in print as well as the previously issued e-book. It’s a concise introduction to good Pagan theology. I recommended it before I came to Patheos and I still do. Read more

Egyptian Summer Solstice

The gods – of Egypt or of any other land – do not make everything right. If we listen to them and work with them, they will point us in the right direction. But we have to do the work. Read more

First World Problems

Those who make fun of “first world problems” are half right: we need to develop a sense of proportion and a sense of compassion for those whose daily lives are far more difficult than our worst day. But the fact that others are hurting more doesn’t make me hurt any less. Read more

Happy Solstice!

Today we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Tomorrow I’ll set aside my Druid robes, put on an Egyptian tunic and help lead a ritual to honor the gods and goddesses of Egypt and present them to the people of this new time and place. Read more

Mystery

Acknowledging mystery is an act of humility and integrity. It accepts the limitations of human perception but refuses to be restricted to only one way of knowing. Read more

The Three Centers of Paganism

There are three centers to the Pagan movement. How can someone who identifies with all three develop an integrated spiritual practice that honors the gods, cares for Nature, and refines the soul? Read more

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