My Religion is Just as Fake as Yours

Clearing up misconceptions about Modern Paganism. [Read more...]

Lily Dale: A Rainy Day with the Spirits

A skeptic visits the Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, witnesses a few spirit readings, and takes a step backward in time. [Read more...]

Ramble On-Sirius Rising

The last week of my overly long Midwest/East Coast jaunt was spent at the Brushwood Folklore Center, at their Sirius Rising Festival. I’ve been going to Sirius for almost ten years, originally just because it was right before the Starwood Festival, and then eventually just because I enjoyed Sirius (and Brushwood) its self. I don’t [Read More...]

Ritual Criticism

It’s probably not obvious, but I’m pretty sensitive about my Paganism.  I’m not sensitive about matters of history or theology; we can agree or disagree until Ragnorok and still be friends.  Some of my favorite Pagans are people who bicker with me about the origins of gods or the age of Wicca.  More academic type [Read More...]

Ramble On: The Starwood Festival and other thoughts

(I’m still on the road and typing without a net, or with only an Ipad and a limited ability to spellcheck. I apologize in advance for the mistakes, misspelled words, and typos. I do love you all so much that I just coughed up ten bucks for decent internet access, so remember that when you [Read More...]

Ramble On: Pagan Festivals as Re-creation

(I thought writing on the road would be easy, I was wrong. I probably made things harder on myself by leaving my laptop at home and only taking my Ipad and a keyboard. I like my Ipad, but it’s not very good at pointing out misspelled words. WordPress won’t allow me to paste things written [Read More...]

Strange Days: Black Sabbath

(I’ve always been fascinated by the occult overtones of Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal. Generally, the occult trappings in rock are nothing more than window dressing, but they can still be worth exploring. Strange Days is a series chronicling the truth about the occult in rock. Future articles will include looks at The Doors [Read More...]

The (Pagan) Declaration of Independence

American Conservatives, and especially Evangelical Christians on the right, have a tendency to claim “ownership” of America’s Founding Fathers and the documents they wrote. Any serious student of American History laughs at such claims, many of the Founding Fathers were deists* and America during the Revolutionary War Period was an extremely unreligious nation. Those who [Read More...]


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