Your Pagan Family

Really the idea of creating non-biological family is nothing new and pretty prevalent in this day and age, but Paganism almost has this as a core tenet. We tend to create family as easily as we breathe, and this is a marvelous thing. Although, it is a sad truth that so many of us do not have a biological family that accepts us, which spurs us to create alternative forms of family to fill that void.I'm in Houston right now visiting Dave of the Pagan Centered Podcast and while here I've been … [Read more...]

A Meditation for Imbolc and Charming of the Plough

Poet T.S. Elliot called April the cruelest month, but I’ve always thought February fits that appellation far more thoroughly and resolutely. I detest this month, though I have to admit that it wasn’t always so.  My adopted mom died in February though and since then everything, from the snow and ice, to Valentine’s day decorations, to the joyful celebrations of Chinese New Year remind me of her passing. For me, it’s turned an otherwise innocuous month into something bleak and grim. Still, there ar … [Read more...]

Religious and Pro-Choice

Also see Star Foster's and K.C. Hulsman’s posts on abortion.We’ve just passed the anniversary of Roe v Wade and I am filled with dismay. In the forty years since this landmark decision was made, abortion rights have been chipped away little by little each year rendering it an empty victory. This saddens and angers me. I wasn’t initially planning on writing anything today. Certainly I wasn’t planning on commenting on this anniversary, but I strongly feel that at least one religious voice needs t … [Read more...]

Solstice Series: Pagan Children

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in December we will be asking people questions about Paganism and Pagan religions and culture. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Our communities are made up of a majority of converts from other traditions. Is this a problem? A blessing? Should there be more emphasis on passing on our traditions to the children in our lives? Cara Schulz responds: I think, in some ways, the growth and especially the stability of Paganism … [Read more...]

America’s Nature Religion for Children

Long before I encountered Thoreau, Whitman or even Teddy Roosevelt, I discovered America's nature religion tradition in a children's book.I think I was 11 and my family was in a big toy store. My brother was all excited about some video game or action figure and we had been in the store awhile. I was getting bored and irritated. I was not a fan of shopping even then. In the store we came across this long bin of books on sale. It's was something like 2 for $5. My father told me I could pick out … [Read more...]

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 to the author of the original post! Enjoy.. . .Interesting thoughts! I must admit that I’m pretty confused, though, since it seems that you’re seeking a few things which, to me, seem at odds wit … [Read more...]

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 FactoryThere's been a lot of talk about elitism lately. It's entered our political rhetoric full-force recently but it's always been an issue in matters of religion. Intellectualism is seen as an attack on the heart of the faithful, a cold … [Read more...]

Top Ten Things Our Ancestors Want Us To Know

In the spirit of top 10 lists and the spirit of the season, here is my top 10 list of things the ancestors want us to know:10. Everyone has ancestors, even if they don't know who they are, the ancestors will recognize their own. If you're adopted, then you have both biological and blood ancestors who watch out for you.9. Even if you can't hear or feel the presence of your ancestors, they can hear you just fine.8. Even if you don't have a natural gift for mediumship, you can learn to listen … [Read more...]

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells is an absolutely charming film about the Book of Kells, Pangur Ban and the strange mythic interactions between Pagan and Christian Ireland.The story centers on Brendan, the nephew of the abbot of the monastery of Kells, who helps Aiden, the illuminator from Iona, work on the Book of Kells. In the process he is helped by the famous Pangur Ban and a mysterious forest girl named Ashley. It's a children's movie and the themes are fairly simple and also very Pagan.Religion … [Read more...]

Supporting Each Other

I'm tired and it isn't even 10 AM yet. It's been a long week. Without any other considerations I'd probably spend the weekend in bed with a book.Instead I'll be going to an initiation ritual with folks from church. Some of the people in my coven will be getting their first degree and it's a big deal for them. I want to be there to celebrate with them, to help out with the set up and clean up. As a neophyte I won't participate in ritual but hang out with the other neophytes and make sure the … [Read more...]


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