New Ancestors: Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

My mom died last Sunday. Over the past few days I have inhabited a whole spectrum of emotions in coming to terms with this fact. It was unexpected, sudden, and heartbreaking. So my mother is now with the ancestors, with the beloved dead who have gone before. She is a new ancestor and for the [Read More…]

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Character References for the Gods

I make it a rule not to write under the influence, but tonight I am making an exception. I have had a religious problem, over 10 years old, and lately it came to a head. A God who I have been reluctant to acknowledge has wanted my worship since, oh, about 2003.  But I had [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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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: Intend To Get Married (Γαμειν μελλε)

This is the first difficult Maxim I have to address, and not nearly the hardest (because there’s one I intend to dismiss entirely so stay tuned). This is a Maxim geared towards a specific cultural norm that no longer exists. Yet some of the root virtue inherent in this Maxim still applies. Marriage meant children, [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Be/Know Yourself (Σαυτον ισθι)

Know Thyself. It’s the Maxim that everyone knows. What new thing can I say about this? I don’t think I can say anything that won’t sound cliché or trite. And so I give you Emerson: The Gods we worship write their names on our faces, be sure of that. And a person will worship something, [Read More…]

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Beyond Roses Red and Roses White (Possibly NSFW)

Writing can become a bad habit, and a simple question can set loose a torrent of words. So when Niki Whiting asked me what I thought of Peter Grey’s The Red Goddess last night, I gave a long and complex answer when a simple one would do. Now that all the words are just sitting [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Know What You Have Learned (Γνωθι μαθων)

I have this trick of being able to repeat a phone number in my mind until I have a chance to enter it into my phone. Once I’ve got it safely squared away, I promptly forget the number. It’s a really good example of not knowing what I’ve learned. This whole series on the Delphic [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Be Overcome By Justice (Ηττω υπο δικαιου)

This may be one of my favorite Maxims. It is the counterpoint to Obey the Law. Sure, we have to stop at stop signs and pay our taxes, but we are also commanded to Be Overcome By Justice. I love that word: overcome. It reminds me of the old civil rights spiritual: We Shall Overcome. [Read More…]

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