Speaking My Language

Language is a major part of what and who we are, so much so that pointing it out seems a bit too obvious almost as if one were pointing at the sun and proclaiming, “Warm.” We generally think in the language we were born to and it ingrains itself into us. Language itself is a bit more than a mere tool of communication, the nuances of the individual languages itself tells us things not otherwise intended. A quick example of this can be gained from the way Spanish assigns gender to everything and so … [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...]

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...]

13 Things I Like About Judaism

Ah yes, it's time again for another 13 things post and I've really been looking forward to this one. Once, many moons ago I was married and wanted wee babies of my own. It was important to me to raise the child in a religious tradition. I had no interest in Christianity and my husband wasn't thrilled about the idea of Pagan kids. So I began to research Judaism. In the end the marriage dissolved, no babies, no conversions to another faith. Although I am Pagan to the core, a part of me has always … [Read more...]

Lir’s Cloak: The Obscuring That Reveals

In Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth's Faeries Oracle there is a card for a faery called Sylvanius who bears the Mask That Reveals. He tells us that sometimes things must be hidden before the truth can be revealed. It's an interesting bit of wisdom.As I look out my bedroom window the mountains in the distance are obscured by mist, fog, cloud. A stranger to this land would never know they exist today, when visibility is limited to seeing only the other side of the street and no farther. The day … [Read more...]

The Magic of Purses

I used to work in an office in a nice-upscale suburb of Atlanta. Women in my office rocked Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger and all those labels that were equivalent to what I paid in rent. As a thrift store aficianado, I was a fish out of water but the experience did get me thinking about purses as magical tools.A purse is a very feminine thing, an enveloping thing, a secretive thing. We carry tools of money, beauty, and health in purses. They contain our keys, our communication devices … [Read more...]

Jay-Z and Aleister Crowley?

I pay very little attention to Top 40 but even I know who Jay-Z is and what his songs are. What I didn't know was that he's been using some occult imagery and I find this fascinating. The music and links in this post are NOT PG, so if you're not comfortable with strong language you might not want to click.Despite all the conspiracy theories abounding on the web about his place in the Illuminati, Jay-Z says it's just to push people's buttons. In an interview with Angie Martinez of Hot 97 he … [Read more...]

Changing of the Gods?

After a metaphysical theory class yesterday I went on a quick shopping trip with some friends. All I was looking for was incense, but I fell head over heels in love with this statue.It's Hephaistos (Hephaestus) forging thunderbolts at his anvil and it fills my heart with joy. When your patron is a Deity that's not as popular as Aphrodite, Zeus or Apollo it's really hard to find images of them for your altar.It captures his proud, workman spirit perfectly. No throne, dais, swans or … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs: Understanding the Symbols Part 6 – Vegvísir

As is often the case, some symbols are more commonly known than others within the iconography of any religion or magical tradition, and in this regards the Northern Tradition is no different. The Vegvísir, is a magical symbol of navigation and may also be connected with actual compasses. The Vegvísir literally means in Icelandic ‘guidepost’ and is sometimes colloquially called today a Runic or Viking Compass. … [Read more...]

Harvesting the Light: The Waning Lughnasadh Moon

Ritual complete, feasting finished, and hugs all around, I drove home under the waning moon on Lughnasadh Eve and was struck by it's beauty. It struck me that we were not losing light. It was not being diminished. It was being harvested.Although I've tried not to invest too much meaning in the waning and waxing phases of the moon, I have felt their influence particularly strongly this year. Perhaps it's the economy, but the waning of the moon just seems to be a tougher time for me. I've felt … [Read more...]


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