Character References for the Gods

I make it a rule not to write under the influence, but tonight I am making an exception. I have had a religious problem, over 10 years old, and lately it came to a head. A God who I have been reluctant to acknowledge has wanted my worship since, oh, about 2003.  But I had [Read More...]

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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 [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 counsel An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation. – Joan Jett I am blessed with [Read More...]

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My Sun Sets to Rise Again

"Mercury and Argos" by Abraham Hondius. From WikiMedia.

When no one but the Gods are looking and your soul is on the line, who do you turn to? What is your plea? Do you revert to the faith of your childhood? Do you abandon faith and embrace nothingness? Do you embrace conversion to a new religion? Do you dig deep into the faith you have been devoted to? [Read more...]

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Meeting the Gods on Their Terms

Steese Roadhouse in Central, Alaska

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 [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 [Read More...]

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My Hopes For The Future of Paganism

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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 [Read More...]

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Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

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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 [Read More...]

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Pagan Americana: Murphey’s Midnight Rounders

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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 [Read More...]

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

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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 [Read More...]

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