Living: This Is Religion, Too

I have been insanely busy. It makes me feel guilty. I think I should be praying, meditating, pouring libations, burning barley, refreshing my kathiskos, writing, and studying my faith. But in a way, that misses the point. I'm watching tv with a depressed friend. This is religion, too. I'm listening to epic stories while sitting calmly in traffic. This is religion, too. I'm unraveling years of chaos at work. This is religion, too. I'm playing a board game with a kid. This is religion, too. I'm wa … [Read more...]

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Solon’s Tenets: Integrity, Not Oaths

Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath.Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.Trust good character more than promises.- various translations of Solon the Athenian's first counselAn' I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation.- Joan Jett I am blessed with friends who speak about things like honor when discussing the daily dilemmas we all face. When I consider my friends, they all have reputations that precede them. I think now of … [Read more...]

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My Sun Sets to Rise Again

I am writing from a hospital bed on a phone. Please forgive typos.I went to the emergency room early Tuesday morning, was admitted, and had a surgery scheduled. Very much a surprise and very unexpected. I am on the other side of surgery now, recovering well, and hoping to go home today.In the hours before surgery I absolutely contemplated my mortality. No matter how routine, surgery is scary business and there is always a tiny chance things will go wrong. I hastily scribbled some … [Read more...]

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Meeting the Gods on Their Terms

A friend has a place they meet the Gods called the Roadhouse of the Dead. After hearing my friend talk about it I decided to go see it for myself. The Roadhouse is an ethereal rather than palpable place, and I was curious if I would see what others saw there. I walked in and immediately recognized Ares tending bar. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I looked around and saw Gods I knew, but dressed differently, behaving differently, from how I had encountered them before. It was … [Read more...]

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So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish!

On April Fools 2010 I began working with Patheos, and added my first post to this blog. It has been an amazing adventure, and like all adventures, it has come to an end. Effective today I am stepping down as Managing Editor of the Pagan Portal at Patheos.I never wanted to be a Big Name Pagan. Never wanted to be the next Buckland or Starhawk. Never wanted to be asked to speak at festivals. Never wanted to see my name on a book published by Llewellyn or Weiser. When I started here at Patheos I … [Read more...]

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My Hopes For The Future of Paganism

Long ago, Patheos did a series on the Future of Religion, including the Future of Paganism. It was fun. I miss doing series like that and sitting back to let other writers speak out. I didn't contribute to that series, but I'd like to contribute today. I don't have any predictions, or anything wise or brilliant to say. I just have my hopes and dreams and wishes.I hope Patheos Pagan keeps growing. I thought it was a good idea long before I ever considered being involved with Patheos, and … [Read more...]

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Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

There are few people in the world that I admire more than P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. He is intelligent, kind, patient, a clear and thoughtful writer, and has been a source of unflagging support in my darkest hours. I am not in the habit of placing Pagans on pedestals, but if Sufenas weren't so tall already I might be tempted.It has taken me a long time to get around to reading his Devotio Antinoo. At over 500 pages it is a tome, so I set aside hours to devote to nothing else this week, and I … [Read more...]

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Pagan Americana: Murphey’s Midnight Rounders

There are many Pagan musicians I love passionately: Damh the Bard, SJ Tucker, Emerald Rose, Celia, Wendy Rule, Kenny Klein, Spiral Rhythm, Gaia Consort/Bone Poets Orchestra, and many more. But if you ask me which Pagan band I'm most excited about right now, I will tell you it's Murphey's Midnight Rounders.Brad, Teresa and Bonnie are doing something pretty unique when it comes to Pagan music. Though they draw from many sources of inspiration, and are solidly folk-rock, the overall … [Read more...]

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Being Negative Is Healthy; Or It’s Good To Be An Ass Sometimes

Despite how often I display it, or state it outright, people keep forgetting I'm an ass. I can be kind, generous, funny, grateful, compassionate, understanding, empathetic, and comforting, but that doesn't negate the fact that I am an ass.Some people talk about shadow-work and Left Hand Path in terms almost as nauseating and cloying as the love and light crowd, so I don't describe myself as embracing the dark and negative as wholesome. I just say I can be an ass.I don't think it's … [Read more...]

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Third Parties, Choices, and Our Place In Paganism (and the World)

Last Friday I was at a rally for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. I was supposed to be the PNC photographer for Nels Linde, but my haphazard packing meant I packed my camera, but not my SD card or USB cord, and this camera is apparently finicky about cords. So the lovely pics I took are trapped on my camera, as if it were simply a high-tech ViewMaster.However I got to enjoy Murphey's Midnight Rounders (even though the sound guy couldn't seem to keep their mics on), watch the … [Read more...]

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