The Problem of the Personal Experience

I agreed to edit a devotional anthology to Hephaistos a coon’s age ago. Submissions poured in. And I couldn’t do it. I feel pretty crappy about that. Today I turned all the material over to someone else to assemble into a devotional. The reason I couldn’t do it is because I have very strong personal [Read More…]

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The Five Points of Pagan Calvinism

The Five Points of Pagan Calvinism The Fluidity and/or Subjectivity of Ultimate Spiritual Reality The Pagan Elect Transcendence Irresistible Enlightenment Exclusive Pluralism The Fluidity and/or Subjectivity of Ultimate Spiritual Reality There is a mystical Oneness of All Things which permeates all of nature. No thing is ever separate from the One. Separateness is an illusion [Read More…]

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Reciprocity, The Will of the Gods, and Theodicy

[Sometimes I have ideas for blog posts that I know will get me a lot of flack, and so I hold onto them until my loins are properly girded to deflect flack. Or I just save them up, mix them together and get them out of my system all at once. This post is of [Read More…]

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Reducing Stress, Increasing Joy: The Stoicism of Epictetus

I am in a new state, in a strange part of the country, with three suitcases and a backpack. I don’t have a lot of money, and all of my options seem confusing. Yesterday was a rough day, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. I am a weepy, worrying mess [Read More…]

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I’m A Patriotic Pagan But I’m Tired of 9/11

I remember where I was. I was watching tv when the second plane came out of nowhere and Peter Jennings lost his cool on air. I was scared, I had nightmares, and I prayed for the victims and their families. But 11 years later, I think I know less about 9/11 than on that first [Read More…]

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A Very Public Pagan Pride

Saturday I went to the Twin Cities Pagan Pride and had a wonderful time. I have a lot to write about, but my main impression of it was that it was marvelously public. Held in a large park in the midst of the city, people wandered by and through and around the PPD festivities. Bicyclists [Read More…]

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My First Pagan Pride

Today I’m catching a ride with some friends to Twin Cities Pagan Pride. And strangely enough, I just realized it will be my first Pagan Pride. I’ve just never made it to one before, generally due to transportation issues. So on my first, somewhat whirlwind, week in the area, I will be thrown in the [Read More…]

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Archiving Our History Before We Lose It

Part of my journey to the midwest included a really fascinating chat with a friend over the decades of archives he is combing through from his parent’s coven. The sheer number of documents he is dealing with is astounding. The proper cataloging and archiving of all this material will take a significant amount of time. [Read More…]

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Spiritual Pagan Tattoos

Last week I asked people to share pictures of their tattoos with the story behind them. Here are the results: Carl Bonebright: I knew I wanted a religious tattoo without it being something that was already a powerful symbol (the three horns, Helm of Awe, or Valknut, for example), because I didn’t want to risk [Read More…]

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Paganistan, I Am In You

Ok, so admittedly I am on the outskirts of Paganistan, crashing with the amazing Nels Linde and Judy Olson until I figure out what’s what. It has been an insane week of strange nomadic behavior, and of being carried by the current to strange new places. First, big thanks to Amy who picked me up [Read More…]

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