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

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 [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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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. [Read More…]

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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, [Read More…]

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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. [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [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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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 [Read More…]

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