A Meditation on Air

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The four classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth were very important to my early Pagan practice.  Like so many, I came into Paganism through Wicca, and the four elements and their corresponding directions, tools, and themes are foundational to Wiccan practice.  They’re also a part of OBOD Druidry and many other groups with roots in the Western Mystery Tradition.As my practice has become more polytheistic I’ve found myself working less and less with the four elements.  Though they ha … [Read more...]

A Solstice Walk

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According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the astronomical solstice will occur tomorrow at 11:11 AM Central Time.  Tomorrow night, Denton CUUPS will hold our Yule circle, where we’ll celebrate the rebirth of the Sun and the return of the light.Before the rebirth, though, there is one final sunset.  Come with me, if you will, on a Solstice walk.Imagine yourself standing outside a house in a rural area.  Perhaps it is your house.  Perhaps it was your house earlier in this life, or before tha … [Read more...]

How Much Piety Do We Need?

statue of Religion in Boston Common

Over on the Patheos Buddhist Channel, Dosho Port examines the question “what is the minimum amount of asceticism required?”  In typical Zen fashion, he gives an answer that is thought-provoking but indefinite.Asceticism, “a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures,” is rarely associated with Paganism.  Even those of us who aren’t Wiccans like to quote the Charge of the Goddess, which says “sing, feast, dance, make music and love, all in My Presence, for Mine is the … [Read more...]