Wyrd Designs – King Radbod and the Importance of the Ancestors

This week on August 9th many Heathens who are members of the Asatru Alliance, or who opt to use their calendar, set aside time to celebrate the life and memory of the Frisian King Radbod (680-719 CE), who is a hero to many living Heathens and Pagans today.Christian missionaries came close to baptizing King Radbod, but before carrying through with the ceremony and conversion he asked a question, "Where are my dead ancestors at present?" Wolfram the Christian missionary answered, "In Hell, … [Read more...]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day? I Don’t Think So.

I was driving around my little town today and I saw that several houses already have decorations up for St. Patrick’s Day, which in the US is about two weeks away. I usually forget all about this “holiday,” and I certainly don’t celebrate it, but this time, seeing the shamrocks and the green paper garlands festooning my neighbor’s home, I decided to sit down and write a little bit about why.I realize that for many people, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish pride. I think that’s a goo … [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...]

Wicca Series: Is Wicca a “new religion”?

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! Should Wicca be classified as a new religion? Johnny Rapture responds: Yes, because of the simple reality that it is, in fact, new. Gerald Gardner created Wicca in the middle of the 20th century out of a heavy dose of esoteric Christian Neoplatonism and a smidge of British folk traditions. Of course Wicca … [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...]

Guy Fawkes and Revolution

Remember, remember the 5th of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I can think of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot. It's Guy Fawkes Day in England and revolution is on my brain. I've loved Guy Fawkes Day ever since I first saw V for Vendetta. The film was a good tonic after all the hyperbole following 9/11. Between fear that was real, fear that was imagined and fear that was invented, it was so good to see a film that left you feeling open, empowered and strangely … [Read more...]

Sing to the Mighty Dead

My local Feri folks and I had our Samhain ritual this past Saturday, but what with the Florida Pagan Gathering next weekend (I’ll be there talking about Southern folk magic) and the local UU Pagans doing a silent supper the weekend after that, my Samhain season is just beginning. Naturally, I’ve been sitting in front of my ancestor altar a lot and making offerings to them. Just last night we were having pears and rum.“Ancestors” need not only refer to your blood relatives; in religious witchcr … [Read more...]

Pantheon Book Club: The Secret History of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Christopher Knowles

Music and religion go hand in hand. Maybe it's on a dance floor, moving to syncopated drums around a campfire or locked in your room transported by the sounds flowing from your headphones. At some point, you've probably had a religious experience that was fueled by music. No genre has exemplified the ecstatic power of music as rock 'n' roll. From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to The Ramones to The Cure to Green Day, rock music feeds our soul.It's no surprise then that Christopher Knowles was able … [Read more...]


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