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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Imperfect Gods: English to Polish to English

Rutilius got a kick out of my post Worshiping An Imperfect God, and asked to translate it into Polish. And since my life has been very much about going with the flow over the past couple of weeks, I said “Sure, why not?” So for entertainment value I used Google Translate on the Polish translation [Read More…]

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Vagabond

It is not a poetic metaphor, I am literally surviving off the kindness and generosity of others right now. I am crashing at friend #2’s place and will be crashing with friend #3 before the weekend is over. I’m going to be a gypsy for a few more days while I get my things in [Read More…]

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Tattoos As Spiritual Markers

I had a strange day yesterday. I never had any intention of ending up in a tattoo shop, accompanying friends to a piercing. But that is where my day took me, and it is funny how a funky tattoo parlor can feel safe and comforting. I stood back and watched as the artists worked and [Read More…]

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Why I Don’t Believe In Forgiveness

[I wasn’t going to publish this since I thought it was inappropriate. But I’m being thrown out today despite making arrangements to move out well before the original deadline. So screw appropriateness.] I’ve stated before that I don’t believe in the Christian notion of forgiveness. That is not to say that I don’t believe in [Read More…]

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Percy Jackson Can Lead To Paganism

Although in this case it’s definitely soft polytheism/psychological pantheism: The Sydney problem, however, still needed solving. I approached her the other day and said, “Syd, you go to church on Sunday, right?” “Yes.” “Who do you pray to?” “God,” she said. “One God, right? Then how can you say you believe in all those Greek [Read More…]

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Open Thread: The Lion and the Unicorn Tavern

Once upon a time, long ago, in a land far, far away (Beliefnet forums circa 2000 CE) there was a magical tavern, whose name I no longer recall. Someone accused Pagans of worshiping “Stan,” and thus Stan the bartender at the greatest tavern in Hel was born. People would come in, sit down, rest, grab [Read More…]

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The Importance of Online Community

Online community gets dissed a lot. I know, because sometimes I’m the one doing the dissing. It is true that online community is limited in what it can do. It cannot give you a physical hug, let you take a bit of it’s fettuccine alfredo, or bring a casserole to your house and sit with [Read More…]

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Moving to Paganistan

I have had a surprising weekend. I was unexpectedly given notice that I have to move out of my current living situation by October 1st. Five weeks isn’t a lot of time to plan a move. Thankfully, some amazing people have come to my rescue with advice, huge favors, and words of encouragement and support. [Read More…]

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