What Do We Offer?

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What can Pagans offer the world?  Not Paganism the religion(s) but all of us who call ourselves Pagans.  What can we offer individually?  What can we offer in our covens and groves and other groups?As an individual blogger this is an easy question.  I write what the Awen brings to me, I write what interests me, and I write what I’m doing.  If you like something I write, great – enjoy reading it.  Hopefully you’ll walk away better informed and maybe better inspired.  If you really like it, may … [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...]

Morrigan Devotional Ritual

Spear made by Ted Davidson.  Photo by Erin Kane.

On Friday night, seven people gathered in a back yard in Denton for a devotional ritual to the Goddess Morrigan. It was an intensely powerful experience.Though we took no oaths of secrecy (none were asked and none were made) the experience feels too intimate to share in great detail. But I think there is value in telling at least part of this story, in showing what can be done and what Pagan ritual can be and do when we are in alignment with each other and with our gods and … [Read more...]

Wondering About Offerings

offering of milk

There are two main questions to ask when planning a public ritual:  what do you want to do and what do you want people to take away?  For this year’s Imbolc ritual, what we wanted to do was pretty clear – render due honor to the Goddess Brighid.But part of the magic of public ritual is planting seeds for future growth:  introducing people to concepts, practices and beings they haven’t seen before or haven’t noticed before.  While I didn’t give the question of takeaways much thought during com … [Read more...]

Render Due Honor

Erin and Michi, two of the priestesses for this year's Imbolc circle

One of the responsibilities of being a leader in a Pagan group is making sure you have good rituals for every circle on the calendar. That doesn’t mean I lead them all – Denton CUUPS is blessed with a good variety of capable and experienced ritualists. I typically lead one or two of the eight major holidays and assist on one or two others.Writing Imbolc was not in my plans for this year. But when our circle coordinator for Imbolc developed some serious health issues (she’s doing better now an … [Read more...]