Praying While You’re Fighting

Life is challenging, especially for those of us who are awake. There are this-world concerns that require our urgent attention. But our spiritual practices, devotions, and holy day celebrations are a connection to our Source – they need our attention too. [Read more…]

Can “Prayer Warriors” Harm Pagans?

We can’t keep “prayer warriors” from impacting us, but we can keep them from stopping us. We can keep being Pagans and practicing Paganism day in and day out. Over time, our skill and confidence will grow and the impact of those working against us will fade. [Read more…]

Is Your House On Fire?

Meditating when your house is on fire is a poor job of prioritization. But oppressive governments aren’t the only ones who like to turn a state of emergency into the new normal. If we aren’t careful, most of us will do it in our own lives. [Read more…]

Beginning a Devotional Practice

There is no substitute for a consistent, reverent, devotional practice. Start small: pick one or two things; do them well and consistently before adding something else. But start. [Read more…]

The Power of Prayer

The purpose of prayer is not to grant our wishes, or even our needs. Neither is it to heap sycophantic praise on some insecure deity. The purpose of prayer is to draw us closer to the Gods through intimate conversation with Them, and in doing so become more like Them. [Read more…]

A Pagan at the National Day of Prayer

Many public events for the National Day of Prayer restrict participation to Christians, but an interfaith event in Denton, Texas also included Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Baha’is, Unitarian Universalists, and Pagans. [Read more…]

How Much Piety Do We Need?

Through pious practice we form and maintain connections to the gods, we are reminded of the differences between ourselves and the gods, and we start to close those differences and become more god-like. [Read more…]

Iamblichus on Prayer

1700 years ago, Iamblichus wrote “extended practice of prayer nurtures our intellect, enlarges very greatly our soul’s receptivity to the gods, reveals to men the life of the gods, accustoms their eyes to the brightness of divine light, and gradually brings to perfection the capacity of our facilities for contact with the gods.” His ideas are still relevant to modern Pagans. [Read more…]