Initiation in Today’s Pagan World

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It is possible to live a deeply spiritual life and to serve the Gods, humanity and the rest of Nature without ever experiencing initiation, but the initiations I have experienced have been very helpful to my spiritual growth. I see four reasons why initiations are helpful. [Read more...]

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Fertile Ground For Polytheism

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The decline of the West is bringing many challenges and difficulties, but it’s also creating fertile ground for polytheism. [Read more...]

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Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

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Who were the ancient Druids? What’s a modern Druid? A full answer requires several books – here’s a very brief introduction to Druidry as I understand it and as I practice it. [Read more...]

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Paying Pagan Clergy – An Organic Approach

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The goals of Pagan priesthood are to serve the Gods, to mediate for the Gods, and to serve the community. Let’s focus on the ends and let the means sort themselves out. [Read more...]

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Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think: Monsters, Greek Religion, two Pagan gatherings, an upcoming class I’m co-leading, and the best t-shirts I’ve ever found. [Read more...]

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Psssst – We’re Winning

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The growing number of intellectual attacks on polytheism show we’ve grown to the point where we can no longer be ignored. [Read more...]

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Success in an Age of Decline

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The world is changing. It is becoming more complicated, more challenging, and less secure. We can ignore the changes, we can blame them on other people, or we can accept them and deal with them and get on with becoming who and what we’re called to be. [Read more...]

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Know Your Theological Boundaries

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Because theology is a speculative process dealing with highly subjective topics, we have great leeway in how we choose to construct our religious frameworks. We do not, however, have the leeway to construct a religious framework that violates the laws of Nature or contradicts established facts, and we should take great care in constructing a framework that contradicts the consensus of science, history or other academic disciplines. [Read more...]

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