Bridging the Holiday Divide

I celebrate the Solstice. My family celebrates Christmas. My friends celebrate everything else you could name. I got no problem with the religious aspects of it all, my quandary was always more practical – how do I celebrate the holidays with them, respecting their traditions while honoring mine? Keeping the social ‘rules’ of Christian Christmas, [Read More…]

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The Missing Call for Divine Justice

The anniversary of 9/11 is always a difficult time for me. Like many people, I lost someone dear to me that day. On the day itself, I stay away from tv, radio, and the internet, mourning and remembering in my own fashion. But the days leading up to and after the anniversary date I can’t [Read More…]

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Common Ground not Found at NYC Islamic Center Site

In all of the back and forth within the Pagan community over if we should or shouldn’t support the proposed Islamic Center,  one of the more compelling things I’ve read was a comment from NorseAlchemist on the Wild Hunt, “I find myself in an unenviable position which seems I must either stand for freedom of [Read More…]

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The Shunned Transformation

Will you come with me and watch part of a sacred transformation that most of us close our eyes to and avoid?  It won’t be comfortable for you and it certainly wasn’t for me.   It’s not like many of the other joyous Rites of Passage that Pagans throw themselves into with wild abandon.  It’s raw [Read More…]

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Did Oathbreaking Lead To The Dark Ages?

History is written by the victors. This we all know well, yet there is a portion of our history that I don’t hear Pagans talk about a lot. The fall of the Roman Empire is generally seen as a failure of Paganism and Pagan culture. The “fact” of Paganism collapsing under it’s own decadence has [Read More…]

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Not All Gods Will Like You

Ironically, just as I was gearing up to write this post, Cara Schultz does a very lovely blog about Aphrodite. Which you might want to read because my post isn’t nearly as lovely. See, Aphrodite loathes me. Nothing personal, just part of Olympian politics. As a devotee of Hephaistos, her scorned husband, I will never [Read More…]

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Feathered Aphrodite

There is a lone female duck that lives in our backyard. No males try to lure her away for illicit duck-sex, not last year and not this year, either. All the other ducks have long since paired off for some serious nest sitting and egg hatching. All but her. She isn’t even allowed near the [Read More…]

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