Living: This Is Religion, Too

I have been insanely busy. It makes me feel guilty. I think I should be praying, meditating, pouring libations, burning barley, refreshing my kathiskos, writing, and studying my faith. But in a way, that misses the point. I’m watching tv with a depressed friend. This is religion, too. I’m listening to epic stories while sitting [Read More…]

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Solon’s Tenets: Integrity, Not Oaths

Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath. Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath. Trust good character more than promises. – various translations of Solon the Athenian’s first counsel An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation. – Joan Jett I am blessed with [Read More…]

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Meeting the Gods on Their Terms

A friend has a place they meet the Gods called the Roadhouse of the Dead. After hearing my friend talk about it I decided to go see it for myself. The Roadhouse is an ethereal rather than palpable place, and I was curious if I would see what others saw there. I walked in and [Read More…]

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Why A Crisis of Faith Sucks

Remember my writing about going through a crisis of faith? Yeah, that’s still happening. It’s been several months now, and no sign of getting better yet. A good story has an arc, a progression, and a satisfying conclusion. This isn’t proving to be a good story. What happens is first you begin by denying that [Read More…]

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Search Not My Heart (aka Don’t Pee In My Cheerios)

Have you ever read the Nicene Creed? It’s an affirmation of the theological concepts of one type of Christian orthodoxy. What about the Shahada? It’s an affirmation of the principal theological concept in Islam. The Shem Yisrael is yet another creedal affirmation of a theological concept. We don’t generally have an equivalent in Paganism. Theology [Read More…]

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When “Pagan” Loses Meaning: Atheists and Theists

I was angry this morning. I read M.J. Lee’s post over on Humanistic Paganism and I found myself really pissed. It cheesed my grits. It got my goat. And then I thought “Why are you pissed Star? This isn’t even your religion she’s talking about.” That thought caught me by surprise. I have never before [Read More…]

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Eating God: Considering Eucharistic Ritual

It’s not unusual to see Pagans joking about the “cannibalism” of the Christian eucharist. While the concept of transubstantiation is unique to Christian worship, eucharistic ritual is not. What do you think those ancient sacrifices were about? Why do you think women baked cakes for the Queen of Heaven? And when the officiant blesses the [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Think As A Mortal (Φρονει θνητα)

I like this Maxim. In the world of religion we spend a lot of time trying to think like Gods and other generally incorporeal beings. How should one address an angel? If I were a sea nymph what kind of offering would I want? How does one evolve over centuries, through millennia and via various [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Know Your Opportunity (Καιρον γνωθι)

I’m kind of shell-shocked this morning. I had some unexpected news that got to me. I’m getting ready to pack and bury myself in work and solitude for a long weekend, so I felt I should post something quick for one of the Maxims. And this was the next Maxim. It speaks to the sad [Read More…]

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Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon saga, and it’s grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle’s quote from The Wicker Tree: “Can fate be altered? This is a question [Read More…]

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