It Is Risen: The Joy Of Life!

All of Christendom is celebrating Easter and as a Pagan I'm delighting in all the confectionery fertility symbols: eggs, bunnies, lambs and chicks. In the two weeks since Ostara the energy, vitality and promise of Spring continues to wax fat and sassy.Lawns that have lain dormant are thick and peppered with dandelions and little purple flowers. The giant Japanese cherry in my backyard transformed overnight into a benevolent pink cloud. In the woods the dogwood blossoms peek out, skittish as a … [Read more...]

Mystery in Music

Pagans recognize both the mysteries of the spirit and of the mundane, natural world. Childbirth, sunrises, vine-ripe tomatoes, slimy snails and voices lifted in song are all mysteries worth our attention. Music is our ship and we often sail into mystery with a song in our sails.Here's a few songs by Pagan or spiritual musicians that explore some facet of mystery. Each link will open a video in a new window, so you won't lose your place as you take a musical tour through Pagan musical … [Read more...]

Three Faces of Spring

Earth Maiden, Child Rhiannon; you have returned from the Isle of Annwyn, and Crone though you will always be, yours are the young buds and tender shoots. As the Sun hunts the Moon, Herne the Stag Lord, Lord of the Mound, has followed to find himself dressed in green as the face in the wood surrounded by the Creatures of his realm. He has awakened as the Green Man, Lord of the Green-wood, and he has heard the call— the hunt begins. He is the dancer amongst the standing stones, the wild man r … [Read more...]

Law of Attraction: A Witch’s View of New Thought

In the past few years two films promoting New Thought, or the Law of Attraction, have gained quite a following. “The Secret” and “What the Bleep Do We Know?” put basic New Thought principles into a snazzy new package for the 21st century. The ideas they promote are the power of positive thinking, the detriment of negative thinking and a primitive concept of sympathetic magic known as the Law of Attraction, or like begets like.The Secret actually boils this down into “Ask. Believe. Receive.” Ask … [Read more...]

In the Patheos Public Square: Miracles & Mysteries

The new topic in our Public Square is Miracles and Mysteries.Every religious tradition has at its heart central mysteries and miracles that generate and sustain faith. How is the supernatural evident in your belief system? What role does the extra-ordinary play in your faith?The following articles on the Pagan portal address this topic:Have You Ever Seen Real Magic? I Have! by MoonChildMiracles (Long Before Jesus) by Eve the TalogwitchShamanism: Seeing in the Dark by Colleen … [Read more...]

A Much-Needed Testimony of Peace

With the Sunday showdown between two war movies behind us, it's a good time to talk about peace.Cat Chapin-Bishop's beautiful “Peace Testimony: Roots and Fruits” is a great place to start: a moving meditation on peace, testimony, and personal transformation. "I go to Quaker meeting, not so much to experience peace as to practice it, for peace is much more than the absence of war. I strive to so open myself to the motions of the Spirit I find there that my heart becomes large enough to remember … [Read more...]

A Somerset Pagan on the “wonder and richness of true humanity”

Check out this moving recent post about the trials of being a single, integral, united human being, at peace with oneself.Somerset Pagan writes: I don't want to have a professional me and private me. I want to be me wherever I am at any given time. For years I fought what often feels like a terrible battle to be accepted as an openly gay man. The consequences of this were immense and have involved losing family (thankfully temporarily), security, jobs and promotion, but I refused, on any … [Read more...]

Pagan + Politics

A major new Pagan group blog launched recently: Pagan+Politics. Well-known blogger Jason Pitzl-Waters introduces the new site as follows: “It is fair to say that modern Paganism, as a movement of interconnected yet individual faith communities, is long overdue in having a more active and ongoing say in the issues and policies that affect our lives. Pagan+Politics hopes to become an important part of our faith communities having that say.In addition to discussing politics, this blog is also a … [Read more...]

Paganism Goes to Hollywood

Over at The Wild Hunt, Jason posted a “Pagan's Guide to the Oscars,” where he “examine[s] the nominees from a Pagan perspective.”(Read more on Religion and Film in the Patheos Public Square.)Jason mentions one film I hadn't heard of, the 2009 release “The Secret of Kells” (gotta rent that for my kids!)What about you? Did you watch the Oscars this year? Were you surprised that Avatar didn't win best picture or best director? What are your favorite Pagan-themed films? … [Read more...]

Report from Iowa: “I said, ‘Ah, you’re kidding, right?’”

As the Des Moines Register reports, an Iowa high school teacher refused to let a student build a Wiccan altar in shop class.Why?"This is not a beef that I have with the district. It's not me against them," said Halferty, who has been an educator for much of the past 20 years. "But this kid was practicing his religion during class time, and I don't agree." Halferty said he previously told another student he could not build a cross in shop class because he believes in the separation of church … [Read more...]