40 Years 40 Things

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In 40 years on this Earth I haven’t learned very much, but I have cultivated a lot of opinions. Join me in some self indulgence as I address ritual, deity, horned gods, and buffalo chicken. [Read more...]

Pagans and The Hobbit

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Friday brings yet another installment in Peter Jackson’s translation of Tolkien to the big screen. Middle Earth is in my Pagan (and geek) DNA, and to say I’m excited is probably an understatement. [Read more...]

The Mayan Calendar and the End of the World

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About a year and a half ago I sat on a “Pagan Panel” with such luminaries as Selena Fox, Christopher Penczak, and Raven Grimassi. We were asked how the end of the Mayan calendar would affect Pagans. I answered honestly, “Well, when December 21st comes around, I’ll probably be at the bar.” [Read more...]

Outside Looking In (or Is Anybody Really Listening?)

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Are the “controversies” that inspire the Pagan Blogosphere actually the issues that we as a community are wrestling with on a day to day basis? Or is there just a small group of Pagans shouting at each other in some small corner of the internet while everyone else is at circle singing whatever chant we are all still allowed to sing together? [Read more...]

Wrestling with Esbats

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I’ve been running a small circle in my living room since March of this year. It’s been rather informal, while sticking to a few of the ritual tropes that my wife and I have been using for the last few years. When we were first starting out we met simply for esbats (more technically on [Read More...]

On Vacation, But Links and Stuff (and Cats)!!!

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I’m taking a few days off for Thanksgiving, but thought I would provide a few links and other things until I return on Monday (or Tuesday). Lots of great stuff coming up in December, and then lots of traveling and other assorted things in January and February (some of it will be really crazy!). And [Read More...]

Holiday Shopping Guide

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It’s the Holiday Season, and that means it’s time for gift guides and other assorted odes to capitalism. The “spend spend spend mania” that grips this time of year can be a bit much to take, and for those of you who sit out The Holidays I don’t blame you. However, if you are one [Read More...]

Drawing Down the Moon: Deity in the Circle

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During Wiccan-style ritual Pagans interact with deity in several different ways. In my estimation there are three distinct ways we do this: Calling to deity, interacting/feeling the energy of deity in the circle, and drawing down the moon. [Read more...]

Drawing Down the Moon: Personal Reflections

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When most of us think about Modern Wiccan Ritual, we tend to think of calling quarters, casting a circle, and inviting deity into the circle. Those are all magickal things in their own right, but to me the most incredible part of ritual is Drawing Down the Moon. How many other faiths let you talk to deity? There’s something incredibly powerful about the idea of being in a room with the Divine, and not just feeling the presence of the divine, but being able to literally talk and interact with the gods. [Read more...]

Samhain’s End

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Samhain ended for me sometime near 3:30 am early Sunday Morning on November 4 when I finally drifted off into a fitful few hours of sleep. In past years the Halloween season meant one ritual, trick or treaters, and a giant party. This year the time of All Hallow’s resulted in three rituals, a handful [Read More...]