More Athena Pictures

I've seen plenty of pictures of Athena online, but none of her back or the detail of her shield.  So while I'm trying to find time to write something inspiring and meaningful for the blog, here are some views you may not have seen before.First, the back view, showing the details of her gown and headdress:Closeups of the shield interior:The shield exterior:And one of me on the front of the Parthenon: … [Read more...]

Athena Parthenos

This weekend’s trip to visit family and friends included a side trip to the Parthenon in Nashville. This is an almost-exact replica of the original Parthenon in Greece. It was built in 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial statehood celebration and chosen due to Nashville’s reputation (or perhaps, its aspiration) as the “Athens of the South” – a name based on the abundance of Greek Revival architecture. I was there a long long time ago as part of a junior high field trip, but that was before they added … [Read more...]

Listening

I’ve recently been reminded of the importance of listening. I’ve done a lot of talking lately: leading the Pagan Tent Revival at the Spring Equinox, being the primary ritualist for the multi-group Beltane celebration, co-writing the CUUPS Egyptian Summer Solstice ritual, co-writing the funeral ritual for James Stevens, speaking at First Jefferson UU last Sunday, and doing some work on an upcoming sermon for DUUF based on The Case For God. It’s good work and I enjoy it, but between the time req … [Read more...]

Spells For Democracy – RIP

According to Gerald Gardner, in the Summer of 1940 the witches, druids, occultists and other magical practitioners of Britain joined forces for a series of simultaneous workings designed to stop Hitler from crossing the English Channel. “Operation Cone of Power” – which may or may not have actually taken place – was fictionalized in Katherine Kurtz’s excellent novel Lammas Night.In the Fall of 2004 a group of American magical practitioners felt a threat similar in kind if not in degree – the str … [Read more...]

How Facts Backfire

Via WitchVox, here’s an interesting article from Joe Keohane of the Boston Globe. The headline reads: “Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains.” When presented with new facts, most people don’t change their opinions. Instead, they react and become even more entrenched in their previously held ideas. I can’t say I was exactly shocked by this, though if the phenomenon is as widespread as this article implies, that may be simply because it confirms my own previously hel … [Read more...]

Libertarianism

I generally keep this blog away from politics, but libertarianism seems to be all the rage these days. I’ve seen it show up on WitchVox, The Gods Are Bored, and Spells for Democracy, not to mention virtually every mainstream media outlet in existence. Much of it is controversy-driven, namely comments by Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul and Fox News personality John Stossel that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be repealed because it infringes on individuals’ rights to only do bus … [Read more...]

Gorsedd, Version 2

The Earth Healing Ritual from Gorsedd 2009I’m headed back to California at the end of the month for the House of Danu’s second Druid Gorsedd. I considered not going due to finances – registration is actually a little cheaper this year, but air fare is almost double. Still, this was such a wonderful experience… I have to go back.I’m particularly interested in the emphasis on ecstatic ritual. The rituals I compose and lead tend to be deep and introspective. Though I have led a couple of more light- … [Read more...]

On The Road Again

This Sunday, July 11, I’ll be the guest lay speaker at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Worth. I'll be speaking on "The Hero’s Journey, Part II." We’re all familiar with the myth of the hero. But what happens when the quest is over, and we try to live happily ever after? This is a slight refreshing of the sermon I gave at DUUF last April.I’ve been to CUUPS events at First Jefferson, but this will be my first time at a Sunday service there. It’s also the first time I’ve been a … [Read more...]


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