Columbus and Coming Out

I live in my own little world, where no one makes candles that smell like pie and having a bad case of the flu is the only excuse for watching the Lifetime channel. Thank goodness the wider world intrudes through the interwebs to remind me of important stuff. Today's topical post is thanks to the far more eloquent post on the subject at The Wild Hunt.Today is Columbus Day and National Coming Out Day and I support the latter and revile the former. Here's why: Columbus The money that funded … [Read more...]

Building a Besom and Building Community

I did not have a good Saturday. I had a bad Saturday. I got very little accomplished and nothing went my way. The highlight was spending time with my sister and nephew. The lowlight was their insisting on playing the Eminem/Rhianna song full blast. Nothing against the respective artists but I hate that song. Ugh.So on Sunday I planned to hole up with some pizza, write and maybe play some WoW. Perhaps make a list of all the ways I am like Liz Lemon. Seriously just veg out in pjs and not deal … [Read more...]

A Samhain Dream

A very close friend of mine once shared a beautiful dream that she had, a dream that we both felt was more than just an ordinary one. She was an immensely devout devotee of Loki.  He was her sustenance, the witness to her life, her God, her Lord, her deepest love. Throughout her life, He guided and cared for her in a way that she felt palpably all the way to the end of her life. I was recently looking over some letters that she had sent me, for we often exchanged old-fashioned correspondence, … [Read more...]

The Last Great Initiation

I am not sure exactly how it happened, I don’t even remember talking about it before my name was listed, but with the recent death of a good friend of mine I found my name listed as the gravesite Officiating Minister. When I first began Seeking with a Coven many years ago I had never dreamed that one day I would be asked to perform the equivalent of last rites for a dear friend, student, and initiate; I am honored to have done so.I am ordained and have been elevated to third degree within the E … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Gleeks, Rock Gods, O’Donnell and Your Thoughts on Evil

Glee on SpiritualityGlee has touched on spirituality before. Both Rachel and Puck are Jewish and Quinn's parents are very conservative Christians. Last night Glee decided to feature songs about spirituality and while I groaned at first the episode actually turned out nicely, if a bit preachy. The issue of non-believers right to not have religion forced on them, particularly in a school environment was a nice touch.While the episode felt heavy for Glee, and Glee has tackled heavy subjects in … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Musings of a Militant Pagan

On a recent trip to Washington D.C. to attend a Pagan event, I had an experience at the airport that has taken me time to process. This experience reminded me that as a nation we still have a long way to go in establishing a culture of tolerance for the diversity of beliefs that make up the rich fabric of American religious life.On the surface, this event rightfully made me resentful that my beliefs could be so easily ridiculed by someone I do not know.  While proceeding through security, a … [Read more...]

Getting Stuff Done

I am blogging from bed. It's a nice cool morning and it's all warm and snuggly under the blankets. I do not want to get up but I have to and that's pretty much the essence of life. Things need to get done. Promised to go somewhere with my sis, I have laundry calling my name and work I didn't finish yesterday to take care of.There's a joke, with the details of the digger changed to suit the teller's purpose, that some people will take 5 hours to dig a small hole: two hours to discuss it's … [Read more...]

A Heathen’s Response to Hate

“When you come upon misdeeds speak out about those misdeeds, and give your enemies no peace.”(“Poetic Edda,” Havamal, verse 127)We are in the midst of a pandemic. It’s not a sickness and it’s not something that can be cured by any neat inoculation. No, that pandemic is hatred and it is a disease as corrosive and deadly as any plague. As my gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters (and those who love and support them) struggle bravely onward in the fight for respect and equ … [Read more...]

A Challenge For October

In a few days, September will be over and we will have entered the month of Samhain, the month in which some of us celebrate Winter Nights, the month immediately preceding the Day of the Dead, the month which is, in so much of Paganism given over to honoring the ancestors. I think this is good. Granted, I think it is even better to honor the ancestors consistently throughout the year but I am glad we have a holy tide centering around celebrating those who came before us. It’s all too easy to f … [Read more...]

The Definition of ‘Pagan’: Monotheism and Polytheism

This summer, I have spent more time doing pagan things – attending festivals and events, teaching and attending workshops, crafting and performing rituals – than at any other point in my life. During these experiences, I have come to believe that one of the largest issues facing paganism today is one of definition: Who are the pagans, exactly? Various answers to this question have been put forward over the years, many of which conflict and confuse, and none of which are adequate in my opinion. To … [Read more...]