Be Careful Who You Pretend To Be

ADF Imbolc 2015 26

We become what we do. We become what we tell ourselves we are. We become what we pretend to be. If we pretend to be harmless suburbanites, sooner or later we will be harmless suburbanites. [Read more...]

Can We Trust the Gods?

West Coast of Ireland - 2014

Some Pagans act as if the Gods are our kindly grandparents. Others act as if the Gods are as deadly and unpredictable as rattlesnakes. Can we trust Them? These are the thoughts and experiences of one polytheist. [Read more...]

Alliances With the Spirit World

ADF Imbolc 2015 31b

Like our human alliances, our alliances with the spirit world are best when they’re built on a firm foundation of honesty and reciprocity. They require constant attention. They’re a lot of work. They can be a lot of bother.
They can also be extremely rewarding. [Read more...]

Ostara – A Solitary Ritual

planting altar 01

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 an Ostara ritual for celebrating Spring and new beginnings, suitable for a solitary setting. [Read more...]

Hospitality For Humans

food and drink

Nobody thinks our guests are unimportant and nobody means to be inhospitable, but that’s what countless visitors to Pagan gatherings experience eight times every year. If we take our Pagan virtues seriously, we will be hospitable because it’s the right thing to do. [Read more...]

The Lore vs. UPG – A False Dichotomy

tree and ruins - Ephesus 2012

Privileging lore and dismissing experience is the direct result of living in a Protestant-dominated culture. A religion with real Gods is messy, unpredictable, and scary. Even though I’m fond of order, I wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more...]

Books That Challenge, Books That Inspire

book your face is a forest

Here are reviews of the first three books I’ve read this year: Your Face Is A Forest by Rhyd Wildermuth, Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate, and The Red Goddess by Peter Grey. [Read more...]

Fighting Evil Is Not A Fantasy Sport

Sekhmet - The British Museum - 2007

If you can watch the Islamic State videos or read their descriptions and not feel moved to do something to stop these evildoers, then you’re lacking empathy, not religion. [Read more...]


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