Rogue Priest: Fame & The Heroic Life

PNC-Minnesota recently did a three part feature on the Temple of the River. Fantastic series and of interest to anyone looking to create infrastructure for their faith community.The priest of that temple, Drew Jacob, also keeps a blog: Rogue Priest. I've been perusing it over the past few days and I'm impressed. He talks about very old Pagan ideals in a fresh way. Two things he talks about are Fame and The Heroic Life, which are very related concepts.The Heroic Life was something that was … [Read more...]

Religious and Pro-Choice

Also see Star Foster's and K.C. Hulsman’s posts on abortion.We’ve just passed the anniversary of Roe v Wade and I am filled with dismay. In the forty years since this landmark decision was made, abortion rights have been chipped away little by little each year rendering it an empty victory. This saddens and angers me. I wasn’t initially planning on writing anything today. Certainly I wasn’t planning on commenting on this anniversary, but I strongly feel that at least one religious voice needs t … [Read more...]

When Good Pagans Do Nothing

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." - Leo Tolstoy My Southern Baptist upbringing taught me that I was in the world but not of it. I was not to be concerned with worldly things, or to seek to engage with the world on it's terms. I was to let that pass by and concern myself with the kingdom of God. My parents and some of my teachers at church had that old-school pre-politicized Evangelical worldview. There was a feeling that this world is run by Satan and … [Read more...]

Nobody’s Happy

I take news sabbaticals. Sometimes I reach a point where I just don't need any more bad news. I need a break from gloom and doom. Sometimes just taking a week or two away from the news does the trick. My mind free and clear, I happily dig right back into current events.Lately though I find the major harbingers of doom and gloom aren't in the media, but just unhappy people. I've tangled with depression my whole life, it's a cyclical thing, but I fail to see why some people are … [Read more...]

Armageddon in Azeroth

After a few weeks away from World of Warcraft I finally got my tech issues fixed and spent all last night downloading the Cataclysm expansion and patches. I was ready and raring this morning to play my "space-goat" death knight and get new gear for my lovably dorky paladin. I didn't want to think about religion, or Pagans, or eschatology. I wanted to get cool new gear and leveling my mining skills. I wanted to get my game on! Yet as I began to wander around the quaint, old-world style Stormwind … [Read more...]

Intellectualism and Pagan Pedagogy

The following started out as a comment to be made on Star’s Nov. 9th post, “Elitism: The Intellectual Path in Paganism.” Because what I was writing grew and grew into a pretty wide-ranging little article, I thought I’d go ahead and publish it as its own blog post. So, the references to “you” below are to the author of the original post! Enjoy.. . .Interesting thoughts! I must admit that I’m pretty confused, though, since it seems that you’re seeking a few things which, to me, seem at odds wit … [Read more...]

Top Ten Things Our Ancestors Want Us To Know

In the spirit of top 10 lists and the spirit of the season, here is my top 10 list of things the ancestors want us to know:10. Everyone has ancestors, even if they don't know who they are, the ancestors will recognize their own. If you're adopted, then you have both biological and blood ancestors who watch out for you.9. Even if you can't hear or feel the presence of your ancestors, they can hear you just fine.8. Even if you don't have a natural gift for mediumship, you can learn to listen … [Read more...]

Introspective Season

The Hallows season is here and our thoughts are turning inward. I've spent the summer focusing outward, on things I need to do and goals I want to accomplish. Yet when the leaves burn brilliant on the mountainside and woodsmoke scents the air, my thoughts naturally turn inward. It's time to take stock of our souls and examine our lives. What do we lack? How do we find balance?This is something my priestess has been asking us all summer and I've listened but I haven't really put much effort … [Read more...]

Honoring the Ancestors: Samhain and Beyond

There’s a great deal of focus around Samhain on honoring one’s ancestors, and honoring the dead in general. Whether we celebrate Samhain or Winternights, that’s what this holiday is all about, right? Well, yes….but ideally the celebrations that mark the end of October, should be the culmination of a year spent regularly and consistently interacting with the dead, honoring them, and recognizing their role in the continuing evolution of our spirituality. Honoring and interacting with the ancestors … [Read more...]

Autism, Fundraising, Willy Wonka and Folk Music

Wired's Autism TestWired has an Autism test on their website. I found it when a friend took it and posted the results on Facebook. I decided to give it a whirl and was surprised by the results and intrigued by the questions. While the quiz isn't a medical opinion or diagnosis tool, it does offer interesting insight into the reality of people with Autism and Asperger's. Take a few minutes to take the quiz. I think you'll find it interesting. I did. My score was 29. What's yours?Circle … [Read more...]


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