Wicca Series: Cults of Personality?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Many traditions of Wicca began as “cults of personality”. How should traditions prepare to survive beyond the loss of their founders? Morgan Daimler responds: I think this [Read More…]

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A Meditation for Yule

Yule is one of my favorite holidays. Perhaps this is simply because it’s so commonly associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt within Heathenry and I love Odin dearly. Perhaps it is because I treasure the dark time of winter, the emotions evoked by the decorations and festivities of this time, and the sense of [Read More…]

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Gossip, Experience and Getting Things Done

I have a very important rule: I make up on my mind about someone based on my experience with them, not on gossip. It’s served me well over the years, and lately even more so. I’m not an “important” person, but working at Patheos is a unique thing. I sometimes get information I wouldn’t have [Read More…]

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Nobody’s Happy

I take news sabbaticals. Sometimes I reach a point where I just don’t need any more bad news. I need a break from gloom and doom. Sometimes just taking a week or two away from the news does the trick. My mind free and clear, I happily dig right back into current events. Lately though [Read More…]

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Intellectualism and Pagan Pedagogy

The following started out as a comment to be made on Star’s Nov. 9th post, “Elitism: The Intellectual Path in Paganism.” Because what I was writing grew and grew into a pretty wide-ranging little article, I thought I’d go ahead and publish it as its own blog post. So, the references to “you” below are [Read More…]

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Elitism: The Intellectual Path in Paganism

“You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a ****** education you coulda got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.” – Will, Good Will Hunting “Where is fancy bred? In the heart or in the head?” – Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory There’s been a lot of talk [Read More…]

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Sing to the Mighty Dead

I’ve realized lately that many of the people I have admired from girlhood or learned to admire since were bisexuals, though some of them lived before the term was even coined. I’ve read their books and speeches, watched their movies, listened to their music, looked at their art, read about their lives and felt some sense of connection with each of them. I didn’t know it, but I had my tribe with me all along. [Read more…]

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A Meditation on Samhain

I love this time of year more than any other. Almost on cue with the coming of Samhain, my little part of the world seems to transition abruptly into late autumn. Winter stands ready at the threshold just waiting for nature’s invitation to cross. There’s more than just a delicious chill in the air, now [Read More…]

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The Love of Community

Samhain is close, October is hectic, my extended family experienced tragedy and I just got over being sick. At this moment I feel caught in a maelstrom: swept up, ground down and a little helpless. I’ve spoken before about the concentric rings of community I belong to. Right now with all the stress at this [Read More…]

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Honoring the Ancestors: Samhain and Beyond

There’s a great deal of focus around Samhain on honoring one’s ancestors, and honoring the dead in general. Whether we celebrate Samhain or Winternights, that’s what this holiday is all about, right? Well, yes….but ideally the celebrations that mark the end of October, should be the culmination of a year spent regularly and consistently interacting [Read More…]

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