The Gods We Know… and Those We Don’t…

I have a vague inspiration this morning. I will try to craft a post from it, but it may well fall flat. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has an excellent column this morning on grappling with the concept of new Gods, and Apuleius Platonicus has, whether you agree with his views or not, a rather passionate post that speaks to both the importance of direct divine experience and the tendency to label our mythos in black and white terms.I suggest you read them both and then come back. Here's some music … [Read more...]

You Can’t Appropriate Your Own Culture

Seems like common sense, right? Yet common sense, as the saying goes, isn't quite so common.At Pagan Spirit Gathering this year I attended the Redneck Ritual. Debby led the ritual, which involved Dale Earnhardt, RC Cola and Moon Pies. Being from the great state of Georgia herself, she didn't appropriate Redneck culture, because it's her culture. As a participant in the ritual, being from rural Georgia and eating boiled peanuts on occasion, I didn't appropriate anything from rednecks, because I … [Read more...]

Norway, Spiritual Warfare, Apotheosis and Being Smurfy

Lots going on today, so I'm going to weigh in briefly on each item of interest.Labeling Anders Breivik "Christian"Christians are up in arms over the labeling of Norway killer Breivik as a "Christian terrorist" and I admit I find the phenomenon fascinating. Pagans are continually upset when some whack job who has some tenous tie to our communities gets labeled as an occult killer and the names of our religions smeared with their crime, so I have a little sympathy here.What I do find … [Read more...]

Spiritual Warfare Is Essentially Black Magic

Back in 2000, maybe early 2001, there was a big prayer warrior event aimed at Ephesus. They were praying against the Queen of Heaven, which to them represented Ashtoreth, the Whore of Babylon. As a young virginal devotee of Artemis, I saw it as a direct attack on Artemis of Ephesus. It wrenched my heart then, and makes me tear up remembering it.This isn't a new phenomenon but an organized and concerted effort: Queen of Heaven: Perhaps the most recent development has been Wagner's emphasis on … [Read more...]

Hail Columbia! A Call to Pagan-Americans!

Hail to Columbia! Spirit of Liberty! Guardian of our country's Highest Ideals! Muse of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and the men and women who founded the United States! Inciter of just rebellion and champion of justice!M'Colleague had a great idea. While I was planning to write about what Freedom means to Pagans, he wanted to know what it actually means to be Pagan-American. I thought about that for a minute and was stumped that I didn't have a really clear idea of what "Pagan-American" means. … [Read more...]

National Pagan Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and I hope you'll join me and add your prayers for our country.Oh Libertas! Oh Columbia! Sweet Lady Liberty, gracious hospitable Queen raising your torch by that solemn door.Embrace us, guide us, show us the bright path where all may pray, all worship, all sing. The path where you may dance for the Gods or walk in the silent surety of science.Teach us about freedom, that uncomfortable gift, not reserved for a few, for a select elite, but a blessing … [Read more...]

Pagan Inclinations of the Founding Fathers

What a great thing it is, to live in a country founded on principles of freedom, especially religious freedom. Despite those who would rewrite history, the United States of America is "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion": a statement approved by George Washington himself. In fact, many of the building blocks of early American government rest on solid Pagan foundations.Am I saying the Founding Fathers were Pagans? No, they were mostly Deists with a good sprinkling of nature … [Read more...]

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