Hold Loosely But Practice Deeply

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Religious certainty is for fundamentalists and fools. Hold your beliefs lightly, but while you hold them, treat them as though they were true and explore them as deeply as you can. [Read more...]

There Is No Supernatural

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“Supernatural” is a convenient but lazy word that means “something outside the realm of what we ordinarily experience.” The fact that the word is needed indicates our experiences of Gods, spirits, and the results of magic have never stopped. [Read more...]

Winter Solstice – A Solitary Ritual

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Many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. Here’s a ritual that will help you experience the mystery and wonder of the Winter Solstice in a solitary setting. [Read more...]

Holy Tension, Holy Trust

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Demanding justice now is always right. Being frustrated when we don’t get it is understandable. Letting ourselves burn out because we don’t get it right away is counterproductive. [Read more...]

The Garden of Eden – A Pagan Reading

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The Eden myth has many interpretations. This is a speculative reading from the viewpoint of a Nature-centered Pagan. [Read more...]

Does Magic Undermine the Sovereignty of Nature?

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Does the practice of magic undermine the sovereignty of Nature? John Halstead thinks it does. Not surprisingly, I disagree. Here’s why. [Read more...]

My Daily Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but giving thanks is an important part of daily spiritual practice. Rather than a holiday litany, I’d like to write about the things I give thanks for every day. [Read more...]

Tell Me Who You Are, Not Who You Aren’t

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Too many of us define ourselves by what we’re not. That allows what we don’t want to set the ground rules and frame the conversation. Instead, let’s keep our eyes on what we want to become. [Read more...]


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