A Meditation on Fire

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The four classical elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth are foundational to the Western Mystery Tradition and its many offshoots.  Even if that’s not your path, the elements remain a useful way to relate to life at a high level.  Following last week’s meditation on Air, today I invite you to join me in contemplating the element of Fire. To Fire A Hymn of OrpheusO Ever untam’d Fire, who reign’st on high In Jove’s dominions ruler of the sky; The glorious sun with dazzling lustre bright, … [Read more...]

Pagan Leadership

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If you think leadership means telling people what to do you’ve missed the point in a very bad way.There’s been a lot of talk lately around the idea of Pagan leadership.  I wrote on my definition of priesthood and on the idea of paying Pagan clergy.  Yeshe Rabbit has this very good essay on her work as a priestess, and Thorn Coyle detailed her work as a full-time Pagan leader and how much money she makes through it.  Perhaps the closest to my own thoughts is this piece by Yvonne Aburro … [Read more...]

Pantheacon Recap

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Last year I wrote about my Pantheacon envy and said “maybe 2014 will be my year.”  This year I decided I needed to go, period.  I did and I had a great time.  It wasn’t a transformative religious experience, but it was a great experience of community and I’m very glad I went.This is what I did while I was there.  I’ll have at least two and maybe more posts exploring some of the workshops and rituals, but I’m going to start with a high level recap.One of the reasons I had always said no to … [Read more...]

This Year Has Goals

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In my last post of 2013 I talked about how setting a high-level theme for the year has worked better for me than detailed goals or the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Several years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions.  I found I rarely kept them, mostly because the goals I set weren’t in alignment with my true will.  I resolved to accomplish things I thought I was supposed to want, and I set goals with little regard to my desire (and in some cases, my ability) to actually do the thin … [Read more...]

Yes, Belief Matters!

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Paganism is known as a religion of orthopraxy, not orthodoxy – what matters most is that you do what’s right, not that you believe what’s right. While the majority culture usually thinks of religion primarily in terms of beliefs, that idea is actually very modern, very Western, and very Protestant. I frequently mention this in terms of caring for the Earth: it doesn’t matter if you care for the Earth because you see it as the body of the Goddess or because you see it as God’s creation or because … [Read more...]

Silence and the Limitations of Language

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Silence has been on my mind the past couple of weeks.“To Keep Silence” is one of the Four Powers of the Sphinx, which was explained in detail in Thorn Coyle’s new book Make Magic of Your Life. This is the need to allow time for gestation and the workings of Mystery. Silence allows magic to manifest in ways we could never imagine if we insist on controlling everything.Last week I attended a lecture by Dr. Paul Clark, Steward of the Fraternity of the Hidden Light. In speaking of keeping sil … [Read more...]

Make Magic of Your Life

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“Grace is the unexpected that arrives when you have prepared, yet remain open.” – T. Thorn CoyleI first met Thorn Coyle at the House of Danu Gorsedd in 2009. We had a brief conversation and I bought one of her CDs. When I got home I started listening to her podcasts. That’s where I developed an appreciation for her spiritual depth and her emphasis on this-world action – something that appealed to me as a Unitarian Universalist as much as it appealed to me as a Pagan.When I went back to th … [Read more...]