Religion and Politics – A Pagan Perspective

Cotton Mather is dead and he's not coming back

The Patheos Public Square asks if it’s time for religious leaders to pull back from political engagement. I say a responsible citizen is an engaged citizen, and I know that decisions are made by those who show up. But if we expect to change the world through political activism, we will be continually disappointed. [Read more...]

Facilitating Religious Experiences

fire - October 2013

Religious experiences happen when individuals are ready and when the gods so desire. All we can do as priests and priestesses is to make them easier, and we do that best when we understand they will come in the way they will come and not in the way we’d like them to come. [Read more...]

Religious Buyer’s Remorse

a offer is presented: choose

I’m thankful for the freedom and opportunity to explore virtually every religion ever known to humanity, but these seemingly unlimited options come with a cost. In an environment where we are truly free to choose, religious buyer’s remorse is inevitable. [Read more...]

Government Shutdown and the Willow Pentagram

photo by Evelyn Simak via Wikimedia Commons

I’m angry about the government shutdown – it’s a dereliction of duty and a failure to govern. But rather than stewing in my anger, I’m going to do what I can to work through it and return to my center and my true will. [Read more...]

Do the Work and Trust the Process

Ovate altar

Esoteric studies and spiritual development can be intimidating. It may seem like nothing is happening, but that’s only above the surface. Deep inside, mystical processes are at work. If you would learn and grow, do the work and trust the process. [Read more...]

Success in an Age of Decline

Would you call Henry David Thoreau successful?  He lived here for two years.

The world is changing. It is becoming more complicated, more challenging, and less secure. We can ignore the changes, we can blame them on other people, or we can accept them and deal with them and get on with becoming who and what we’re called to be. [Read more...]

How Much Piety Do We Need?

statue of Religion in Boston Common

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...]

Returning to Center

late afternoon at ECG 2012

Becoming a powerful magician or a devoted priest – or a good Druid – doesn’t exempt you from ordinary troubles. But with dedicated, mindful practice, we can learn to recognize when we’ve lost our center and learn to return to it as quickly as possible. [Read more...]