Vision of a Pagan Future

tree with roots and dirt exposed

In yesterday’s Wild Hunt, Jason Pitzl-Waters had an excellent essay titled “Institutions vs Counterculture in Modern Paganism” where he asked if our efforts to “move towards infrastructure and institutions” are in conflict with our efforts to embody and promote values that are very different from the mainstream culture.  That’s a very deep question and Jason gave it a deep exploration.  Here’s an excerpt:I’m not arguing for institution or counterculture, I’m arguing for conscious decisi … [Read more...]


dabbling? let's just call this a very eclectic altar

Aine Llewellyn of the Dalliances with Deities blog raised an issue I’d like to explore a little more deeply – that of “dabbling.”  Aine says: I would really like to see the term ‘dabbling’ retired from Pagan usage, especially by people who claim to want to build religious communities. If we treated people less like ‘dabblers’ and more like people exploring a religious choice, whatever type of Paganism they may be putting their toes into, we would radically shift the way we approach newcomers and … [Read more...]

Apocalyptic Witchcraft

apocalyptic witchcraft

Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey published by Scarlet Imprint 182 pages Hardback: £40, paperback: £15, e-book: £10. (with currency conversion and shipping, my paperback was $31.38) One of the currents running through modern Western society is the idea that something is badly wrong.  We may not be able to articulate it, or we may try to blame it on a convenient scapegoat, but anyone who’s paying attention understands that new iPhones every year can’t hide the fact that we are … [Read more...]

Ronald Hutton and the Paradox of Witchcraft

Ronald Hutton 04.12.13

At the risk of sounding like a fanboy (or perhaps, at the risk of exposing myself for the fanboy I am) the primary reason I went to Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes was Ronald Hutton. I’ve respected his work ever since I read The Triumph of the Moon in 2002 and I’ve enjoyed listening to some of his lectures on Druidcast. He doesn’t come across the ocean very often and when I saw he would be in South Carolina I knew I wanted to go.He did not disappoint. His two talks were both intel … [Read more...]