Nature Religion?

The question of whether or not Paganism is a Nature religion is interesting and can be fun to debate. But the debate can distract us from more important matters. Regardless of your religion, if it does not include reverence for Nature then I propose your religion is at best inadequate and may be detrimental to your life and to all life on this planet. Read more

Farewell Sookie Stackhouse

When I heard Charlaine Harris was ending the Sookie Stackhouse series, I quickly came up with three possible ways it could end. Of course, none of my ideas were right. The actual ending, while not what I would have chosen, was probably the most appropriate ending of all. Read more

The Ethics of Seership

Psychic Sylvia Browne told the mother of one of the rescued Ohio women that her daughter was dead. Those of us who practice divination can and must do better. Seers are accountable: to ourselves, to our communities and traditions, to our gods or guides or spirits, and most importantly, to those for whom we see. Read more

Telling Their Stories

The Denton CUUPS Beltane Circle was not your typical light-hearted celebration of fertility. We had a Maypole dance and a spiral dance, but in between was an interactive, dramatic presentation of two stories of Morrigan and her dealings with the god Dagda and with the hero Cú Chulainn. These stories come from two different sources, and traditionally, Morrigan’s affair with Dagda took place at Samhain. But they present a clear contrast of responses to the Goddess of Sovereignty. Read more

Pagan Coming Out Day

For too many people in our society, “Pagan” still means “Other.” That must change. Some day, no one will care what god or goddess you do or don’t pray to, only that you conduct yourself with integrity and compassion. Until then, we need Pagan Coming Out Day. Read more

Truth and Meaning

While the uncertain nature of religious truth leaves us free to interpret evidence in the way that is most meaningful to us, it does not leave us free to believe whatever we want. Even in the absence of clear proof, some things are more likely than others. Wanting something to be true does not make it true. Read more

Comments, Texas Pagan Events, and a Video

Disqus comments, Denton CUUPS Beltane, the Houston Pagan Conference, and the video of “Reclaiming Your Sovereignty.” Read more

Funeral for Toomer’s Oaks

The saga of the poisoning of Toomer’s Oaks at Auburn University is coming to a close. But as sad as this crime has been, the show of love for trees by ordinary folks is heartening. Read more

The Reformed Druids of North America

The story of the The Reformed Druids of North America, a story that is both true and historical. Read more

A Modern Pagan View of Sacrifice

The common meaning of sacrifice is “to give up” but the older meaning is “to make sacred.” Both are important as we work to build strong relationships with our gods and goddesses, with our communities, and with the world at large. Read more

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