Worshiping an Imperfect God

Hera gave Heracles her friendship and daughter in marriage because she admired his striving for excellence against all odds. She had given him a hard time because he had been given gifts tricked out of her which made him superior to other mortal men, but is she to blame that he let the stress of adversity lead him to commit murder?

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 used to speak of Jesus, and promotes an unattainable ideal. I don't think humans are less than the Gods for being imperfect. I think that's a dangerous theology to promote. I am not a … [Read more...]

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 and monuments throughout England. Weyland has a reputation in folk stories that once he was paid, no matter how impossible the job asked for, that he wo … [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...]

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...]

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 distance are obscured by mist, fog, cloud. A stranger to this land would never know they exist today, when visibility is limited to seeing only the other side of the street and no farther. The day … [Read more...]

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 FosterI 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 is chock-full of just such stories.Today when we want to learn about the Gods we often go to books that explain the Gods to us, rather than simply absorb the stories about the Gods. I … [Read more...]

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 that's not as popular as Aphrodite, Zeus or Apollo it's really hard to find images of them for your altar.It captures his proud, workman spirit perfectly. No throne, dais, swans or … [Read more...]

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 waxing phases of the moon, I have felt their influence particularly strongly this year. Perhaps it's the economy, but the waning of the moon just seems to be a tougher time for me. I've felt … [Read more...]

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 her very name comes from an explorer who committed genocide. Also there is a feeling that she is a construct rather than a natural Goddess, and should we work with egregores as … [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! It's the place where the e-mail is!For instance, I go to that handy little search box and type in "burning times". Ah la, the first three links debunk most of the myths surrounding the "burning … [Read more...]


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