enLIGHTenment: Multimedia Meditation on Waxing Light

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The summer solstice is nigh and the sun is waxing in strength. Everyone I know is in the process of scurrying off to festivals to bask and delight in both the heavenly sun and in the light of each other's company.So here's a different kind of post to celebrate the fulsome light. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. - BuddhaI can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that … [Read more...]

A Meditation for Yule

Yule is one of my favorite holidays. Perhaps this is simply because it’s so commonly associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt within Heathenry and I love Odin dearly. Perhaps it is because I treasure the dark time of winter, the emotions evoked by the decorations and festivities of this time, and the sense of solitude that for me, comes with the shortening of the days. Perhaps it’s a combination of the two. I don’t know. For whatever reason, however, I gravitate toward those holy tides that fall in … [Read more...]

Litha

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell. Don't go back to sleep. - Jellaludin RumiI got up from my bed and went wandering through the woods at dawn. I sat on a plank bridge across a lake, facing the rising east, while frogs spoke behind me. Then I walked deeper into the woods where other voices chanted up the sun.  Something I couldn't see, whose voice I didn't recognize, squeaked and jumped into the creek.  A bunny bounded from my path, flashing his white tail at me a few times.  Then he sa … [Read more...]

A 30th Pagan Spirit Gathering Thank You!

Folks I just got back from the 30th Annual Pagan Spirit Gathering at lovely Camp Zoe in Salem, MO. While there is going to be a lot of content on this extraordinary event in the upcoming weeks I wanted to take the time to say a quick thank you to some of the people who made the experience even more amazing for me.Arthur and Kathryn Hinds were extraordinarily kind, funny and friendly people. They made the 12 hour trip each way a joy and were excellent initiators into the mystery that is PSG. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs: Litha – Sunwheels Alight

Midsummer (or Litha, Sonnenwende, Sankthansaften, Midsommardagen, etc.), is without a doubt, a day with heavy connections to the sun. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Midsummer is the longest ‘day’ of the year, as the sun appears in the sky for far longer than any other day of the year. In certain places of the Northern hemisphere including parts of Scandinavia, the sun may never fully set, giving locals an eye-witness view to what’s colloquially known as a ‘midnight sun’. As su … [Read more...]

Pagan Blog Art Contest! Get featured! Get prizes!

Our blogs are changing, which means we need some groovy new art as a header! Which means we're having a contest! WooHoo!Since the blog on the Pagan Portal seeks to represent all Pagan religions we want our header art to represent the broader Pagan community. Maybe this is by focusing on some element all Pagan religions have in common, maybe it's by exploring their uniqueness! Get creative! What represents the greater Pagan community to you?The top ten submissions will be featured for our … [Read more...]


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