Worshiping an Imperfect God

I don’t believe in perfection. I don’t believe in flawless things. I don’t believe in purity. I don’t believe in “pure goodness” because it implies the opposite: “pure evil.” I don’t think such a thing exists. I don’t believe the Gods are pure and perfect, without a flaw. That’s the sort of language that is [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Weyland The Smith

Weyland (also known as Volund) is a legendary blacksmith, which we have references to from both Norse (Þiðrekssaga & the Poetic Edda’s Völundarkviða) and Anglo-Saxon (Beowulf, Deor and Waldere) sources. In the archaeological record we see his story depicted on the Swedish Ardre image stone VIII, the Franks Casket, and a variety of stone cross [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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

Glee on Spirituality Glee 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 [Read More…]

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Lir’s Cloak: The Obscuring That Reveals

In Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth’s Faeries Oracle there is a card for a faery called Sylvanius who bears the Mask That Reveals. He tells us that sometimes things must be hidden before the truth can be revealed. It’s an interesting bit of wisdom. As I look out my bedroom window the mountains in the [Read More…]

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Book Review: Teachings of the Santeria Gods by Ocha’ni Lele

{Ocha’ni Lele. Teachings of the Santeria Gods. Destiny books 2010. 269 pages. $16.95} Reviewed by Star Foster I love a good story. A good story has a mystery, a moral, a familiarity or a sense of the fantastic. A good story satisfies you down to your bones. Ocha’ni Lele’s book Teachings of the Santeria Gods [Read More…]

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Changing of the Gods?

After a metaphysical theory class yesterday I went on a quick shopping trip with some friends. All I was looking for was incense, but I fell head over heels in love with this statue. It’s Hephaistos (Hephaestus) forging thunderbolts at his anvil and it fills my heart with joy. When your patron is a Deity [Read More…]

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Harvesting the Light: The Waning Lughnasadh Moon

Ritual complete, feasting finished, and hugs all around, I drove home under the waning moon on Lughnasadh Eve and was struck by it’s beauty. It struck me that we were not losing light. It was not being diminished. It was being harvested. Although I’ve tried not to invest too much meaning in the waning and [Read More…]

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Columbia and The Wicker Man: Embracing The Barbaric?

Over the July 4th weekend several Pagan blogs raised a cry of “Hail Columbia!”. This was met with some mixed reactions, one of the most thought provoking being from Meadowsweet & Myrrh (a blog worth checking out). The critique for worshiping Columbia is this: she is a symbol of the oppression of white colonialism and [Read More…]

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Shaving Bunnies: Doing Your Research 101

Helllloooooooo Baby Pagani! Here at Paganism 101 we do insist on a bit of research. No excuses for sloppy ignorance here! Almost any rumor you have heard about Pagan religions can be easily put to rest with a little digging on the internet. You know what that is, you’re using it to read this blog! [Read More…]

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