Hold Loosely But Practice Deeply

birds in tree 03.24.12

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...]

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...]

My Daily Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving breakfast

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...]

The Pyramids of Uxmal

Pyramid of the Magician - Uxmal

It’s easy – and satisfying – to judge our ancestors by modern standards. Some times they were wrong and we need to acknowledge it. But other times they show us how our lives and our world are less than they could be because we will not do what must be done. [Read more...]

Organic Religion

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Even if religion completely disappeared, it would quickly return because people have religious experiences all the time. This is organic religion, a religion not of doctrine but of experience, not of rules but of relationships, not of the intellect but of the soul. [Read more...]

A Pagan View of Suffering

Poulanbrone, Ireland

Insisting there must be some grand cosmic purpose for suffering is not compatible with polytheist theology. The question of suffering is one modern Pagans need to contemplate as our religions grow and mature. [Read more...]

Three Books For Polytheists

books for polytheists

Here are three books for polytheists: a guide to devotional polytheism, an academic look at how the belief in many Gods may be humanity’s default setting, and a collection of devotions to the Morrigan. [Read more...]


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