Sacrifice

If I am to be honest I must admit my spiritual practice has been struggling as of late. I have no major crises and while I’m more than a little busy I’m far from overwhelmed. I’ve even gotten a few things done that have been on my to-do list for a long time. But my core connections are weak. My usual all-heal of returning to practice hasn’t produced the results I need, and even that seems to take great effort…. Read more

New Website for Denton CUUPS

Denton CUUPS has a new website and a new address:www.dentoncuups.orgPlease check it out and update your bookmarks.  Our old site is dead and gone – we built a new one from scratch.  It’s got a menu of pages of information for people who are looking for us and who may not have been to a Pagan circle before (but check the pages out anyway – we’ve got lots of great pictures).  The main page of the site is in blog… Read more

Interdependent Gods

In a post exploring the worship of power and powerful gods, Star Foster raises an issue with wide-ranging implications. Star says:As a polytheist, I worship multiple gods … I am closer to some gods than others, and there are gods out there that I do not worship. I don’t worship gods based on how powerful they are … Zeus may be the most powerful Olympian, but he’s no match for all the Olympians, and even he can’t throw a thunderbolt… Read more

Gods and Fighting Men

For all my Druid reading I had never read any of the Irish myths. I’ve heard many of them: some in my OBOD studies, some in academic works like Celtic Heritage, and some in songs and rituals. Earlier this year I felt the need to start working with the Irish literature, and when I asked John Michael Greer for suggestions, one of his first was Gods and Fighting Men.Gods and Fighting Men was written by Lady Augusta Gregory and first… Read more

Thanksgiving Prayer

I give thanks for my family of blood: for my mother and brothers and all the people who share my name and my genes. Because of you, I am. I give thanks for my family of choice: for the Druids and Pagans and UUs who share my beliefs and values and practices. Because of you, my journey is filled with learning and with love.I give thanks for the spirits of this place. You have welcomed me to this land and… Read more

Antlered Crown and Standing Stone

If you’re already a fan of Damh the Bard you don’t need to read this review. You know you want his new CD, you’re going to enjoy it, just go buy it. But if you want an opinion first, read on.Antlered Crown and Standing Stone is Damh the Bard’s first studio album of new songs in four years. Since The Cauldron Born in 2008, Damh has released an album of traditional folk songs and a live album, and his music… Read more

To My Nontheistic Pagan Friends

Is there a Goddess or God, or goddesses and gods? Whether you consider yourself a nontheist, monotheist, duotheist, or polytheist, there is only one answer we can give with complete honesty and complete certainty.We don’t know. Our experiences may be so powerful we have no doubt there is, or our evidential requirements may be so high we have no doubt there isn’t, but in the end we simply do not know.I have previously encouraged my fellow theistic Pagans to have… Read more

Honor and Commitment

It would be easy to dismiss the David Petraeus – Paula Broadwell affair as yet another case of a powerful man who couldn’t control his lower urges. It is tempting to laugh it off as yet another example of uptight Anglo-American morals being hopelessly outdated. Both of those approaches would be wrong.From Forbes comes this essay discussing “the danger of male mentors” and asking “is there an inherent danger in younger women pursuing mentor relationships with powerful older men? Does… Read more

Redemption

Star Foster has a post on her new blog titled “Redemption: Even Pagans Need Deliverance.” Star has been very public with the difficulties in her life and here tells a very personal and very emotional story of loss. She asks:Sometimes even the most virtuous among us does grievous wrong, and how then do we atone for it? Do we find ourselves condemned to years of hardship, like Psyche or Herakles?And when we sell our souls, our integrity, our dignity, our… Read more

Gateways to More

Fellow OBOD Druid Dana Driscoll has a post on her blog about how she became a Druid. It’s led to some wonderful stories on another forum, including a condensed version of my own Druid story. Back in the Summer, Jason Mankey wrote about how Led Zeppelin was a “gateway to Paganism” for him. I intended to respond to that and never did. So as I’m trying to move on from politics, this seems like a good time to talk about… Read more

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