Fish Is Not Just Fish

New Orleans Aquarium 2010

We don’t have clear, widely understood language to differentiate between very similar but critically different approaches to polytheism. For the sake of those who are seeking, we desperately need to find ways to recognize and appreciate the differences in how different people understand and interact with the many Gods. [Read more...]

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Who Sets the Boundaries?

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A look around the Pagan world reveals a disproportionate number of people who have been marginalized and excluded by the boundary-makers of the mainstream society. And yet, these are the people the Many Gods have called to live by Their values and embody Their virtues in a world that desperately needs its values rearranged. [Read more...]

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The Big Tent of Paganism

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What do Druids and Wiccans, Heathens and Hellenists, Thelemites and chaos magicians, shamans and seers, kitchen witches and tree huggers all have in common? Not a single thing. But there’s still value in the Big Tent of Paganism. [Read more...]

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Tribalism: The Good, The Bad, and The Future

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Who can practice a religion that is rooted in the experiences of a specific group of people? The answer to that question suggests a helpful approach for dealing with an uncertain future. [Read more...]

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The Ethics of Seership

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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...]

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Pagan Coming Out Day

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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...]

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Interfaith: Risks, Rewards, and Boundaries

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Like gay people who come out of the closet, Pagans who engage in interfaith work make the way easier for those who come after them. The risks of interfaith work are small and the benefits can be great. [Read more...]

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Neither Within Nor Without

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There is great danger in transition zones, in times and places that are neither within nor without. But there is also great opportunity. Be aware of the risks and take advantage of the possibilities. [Read more...]

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