The Temple of Hephaestus, viewed from the rearHephaestus 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 with the other during one of their many quarrels. Lame or not, he’s a good god to know. He made armor and weapons for gods and… Read more

Egyptian Summer Solstice – opening the templeIf 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 they try to be inconspicuous, they inevitably have a look of “I hope I didn’t make a mistake coming here” on their faces. Carrying a notebook… Read more

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 corners of cyberspace, I was a bit surprised when I surfed across reviews and commentary on some very popular books I had no idea existed… Read more

Hail, O Sun and Gods of the Sun! We call you and we honor you on this Solstice, the height of your power and the longest day.Without you there could be no life on Earth.The North Texas skies were overcast this morning – I couldn’t see the rising Sun. But like so many things in our lives that are unseen but very real, it was there.What other life-giving, life-sustaining forces are hidden by clouds? Are there people who keep you… Read more

Isis – or Auset, to call her by her Egyptian name instead of the more commonly known name the Greeks gave her – is one of the nine deities of the Ennead, the oldest gods and goddesses of Egypt. She is the daughter of Geb (the Earth) and Nut (the Sky), and the sister and husband of Osiris. She is the mother of Horus – much of the Madonna and Child artwork of Christianity is modeled after older images of… Read more

Not all my vacation was spent visiting temples – I also did more reading than I’ve done in months. Long flights and evenings of rest following hours of hiking over ancient ruins present an opportunity to read that I don’t get enough of during “normal” times.One of the books I put on my Kindle was AODA Archdruid John Michael Greer’s new Apocalypse Not, subtitled Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong. Although it covers the supposed… Read more

crossposted with No Unsacred Place The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today all that’s left is one column and a few low stones; the result of fires, earthquakes, plundering and the centuries of neglect that accompanied the shift from Classical Greek religion to Christianity and then to Islam. At first glance it is far less impressive than other temples I visited on my recent trip. But when you stop looking… Read more

I’m back from a two week trip to Italy, Greece and Turkey. We got home late Saturday night, spent Sunday in a jet-lagged haze, went back to work on Monday, and now I’m back to the blog. It was great to get away, forget about work and church and house and everything, spend some extended time with good friends, read books and visit some places I’ve only seen on TV and on the internet.This trip was a birthday celebration for… Read more

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All the pictures in these posts were taken this Spring from my house in McKinney, Texas. Read more

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