Defaulting to Wicca: Issues with Intra-Pagan Dialogue

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Over on PAGAN+politics Cara Schulz wrote a great recap of PantheaCon. I will concur that not only is she very nice in person but very funny as well. I was happy to room with her and after meeting her in person have even more respect and love for her, even if she is a conservative! In her post she mentioned something that she and I had discussed while at the convention: Wicca-centric language.At pan-Pagan events there is a … [Read more...]

Labeling Wicca: Why “advanced” and “101″ bug me…

The other day I tried to articulate something about "advanced Wicca" that wasn't terribly coherent. Some people challenged what I said and made me examine the issue more closely. Thank you Jay and Dave of PCP!So while I'll admit there are so-called "advanced" books out there that I really want to read (Kat MacMorgan, T. Thorn Coyle and Chris Penczak for instance), I don't perceive these as being "advanced" as much as different perspectives. So many of the books that are being touted as … [Read more...]

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, to the joyful celebrations of Chinese New Year remind me of her passing. For me, it’s turned an otherwise innocuous month into something bleak and grim. Still, there ar … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Cults of Personality?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Many traditions of Wicca began as “cults of personality”. How should traditions prepare to survive beyond the loss of their founders? Morgan Daimler responds: I think this question could be applied to many different pagan traditions beyond just Wicca, because so many Neopagan groups began in this way. I thi … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Is Wicca a “new religion”?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Should Wicca be classified as a new religion? Johnny Rapture responds: Yes, because of the simple reality that it is, in fact, new. Gerald Gardner created Wicca in the middle of the 20th century out of a heavy dose of esoteric Christian Neoplatonism and a smidge of British folk traditions. Of course Wicca … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: What makes someone Wiccan?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! What makes someone Wiccan? Dedication? Initiation? Practice? Belief? (Any responses should be assumed to be individual opinions and not representative of traditions or covens unless otherwise stated.)Joseph D. Carriker, Jr. (Alexandrian trad.) responds: It is initiation that makes one of the Wica, immersion in … [Read more...]

Book Review: Trials of the Moon by Ben Whitmore

Title: Trials of the Moon: A Critique of Ronald Hutton's "The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft Author: Ben Whitmore Publisher: Briar Books Genre: Religious History Year: 2010 Pages: 100 ISBN13: 9780473174583 Binding: Paperback Price: 11.00Just as I was planning to sit down with Ginzburg, Frew, Hutton and an array of others over the Thanksgiving holiday, The Wild Hunt announced the publication of Ben Whitmore's Trials of the Moon: A Critique of Ronald Hutton's "The … [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...]

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.I thought I would do something a bit different this time. Instead of 13 random songs to fit the season, I attempted to put together a liturgical set of music. From Joan Jett to set the … [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...]