Needful Stories & Good Advice: Reviews of Low Magick (Lon Milo DuQuette) and The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley (Rodney Orpheus)

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I read a lot of news and opinion, and reading for leisure hasn't been a big priority in the past couple of years. I have had a strange week though, and it afforded me some offline downtime. So I read two books, one a recent Kindle purchase, and the other a book that I'd had in my "to read" pile for months. Both are by Thelemites who happen to be active leaders in the Ordo Templi Orientis. Low Magick: It's All In Your Head ... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is Lon Milo DuQuette I am a … [Read more...]

Eating God: Considering Eucharistic Ritual

A scene familiar to both Christians and Pagans.

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 cakes and ale/wine in a Wiccan ritual, isn't that a eucharistic style of worship as well?One of the most important things for a human to do in this life is … [Read more...]

PantheaCon: Concerning Three Rituals

There were quite a few rituals at PantheaCon and unfortunately I couldn't make them all. I was determined that the rituals I did attend wouldn't be Wiccan so I could experience the rites of other Pagan religions. Here are my thoughts on the three rituals I was able to participate in over this hectic weekend.A Ritual for Our Neopagan Ancestors facilitated by the ADFAs so many of our elders have recently passed I really wanted to participate in in this ritual. The opening of the gates and call … [Read more...]

A Meditation for Imbolc and Charming of the Plough

Poet T.S. Elliot called April the cruelest month, but I’ve always thought February fits that appellation far more thoroughly and resolutely. I detest this month, though I have to admit that it wasn’t always so.  My adopted mom died in February though and since then everything, from the snow and ice, to Valentine’s day decorations, to the joyful celebrations of Chinese New Year remind me of her passing. For me, it’s turned an otherwise innocuous month into something bleak and grim. Still, there ar … [Read more...]

13 Songs for Samhain

Seems strange that we began the 13 Songs series with Beltane and here it is already Samhain. What an important holiday, and an important milestone for us here on Pantheon. We've spent seven months together as of Samhain, the entire Goddess half of the year. I hope the God half proves as interesting and rewarding.I thought I would do something a bit different this time. Instead of 13 random songs to fit the season, I attempted to put together a liturgical set of music. From Joan Jett to set the … [Read more...]

Contacting Ghosts, Ghouls, Spirits and Spooks

I was surprised to get a message from someone this morning about a spirit that was giving them trouble. I'm not the best sort of person to ask on these things. I was once interested in paranormal stuff but I'm afraid I'm a bit of a stuff-shirt about it now. I stopped paying random spirits attention years ago and they don't bother me now. My ancestors give me enough trouble without inviting more.This is the time of year for things that go bump in the night, though. Either for spiritual or … [Read more...]

God Is Not One. No really… God Is NOT One!

I find it amusing that following the selection of Stephen Prothero's God Is Not One some Christian writers have scurried to assure people that he doesn't really mean that. Of course God is One!Prothero has said the question of whether God is one is a theological question that he can't answer, but his book's message is that not all religions are one. We are not all on the same journey headed towards the same goals. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus points out in his review of the book that this idea of … [Read more...]

The Strangest Dreams

I dreamed a really wonderful dream last night. I went to a Hindu store that had a public shrine. I dropped a couple of dollars in the plate and dropped pinches of incense on the smoldering coals. It felt so wonderful and natural that I should happen on a public shrine like that. Later, in a completely unrelated dream segment, I dreamed a friend of mine was an Elvis-esque rock star. (Now thanks to reading Christopher Knowles' new book I'm trying to decide if my friend is Apollo-like.)Having a … [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...]

Supporting Each Other

I'm tired and it isn't even 10 AM yet. It's been a long week. Without any other considerations I'd probably spend the weekend in bed with a book.Instead I'll be going to an initiation ritual with folks from church. Some of the people in my coven will be getting their first degree and it's a big deal for them. I want to be there to celebrate with them, to help out with the set up and clean up. As a neophyte I won't participate in ritual but hang out with the other neophytes and make sure the … [Read more...]


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