Life Moves Pretty Fast: Learning to Love the Law

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Having a crisis of faith on top of a Saturn’s return is a weird thing. The whole purpose of a Saturn’s return is to shake your foundations until all the rotten pillars come loose. It’s very unpleasant. Part of the process involves you clinging [Read More…]

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Carefully Considering Conversion

I mentioned a few days ago that one of the atheist bloggers here at Patheos converted to Catholicism. It’s a little bizarre, and a lot of atheists are confused, as well as a few Catholics. And it has me thinking deeply about conversion. The most popular conversion story in the Western world is that of [Read More…]

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When Patheos Bloggers Convert…

We had a significant first at Patheos this morning. At least it hasn’t happened before to my knowledge. One of our bloggers converted. Conversion is always a big deal. It’s a huge personal transformation, and despite the story of Saul on the road, conversion doesn’t happen in a flash but is a long process. Converting [Read More…]

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Choosing Paganism and Processing Regret

I’m 30 and it’s hitting me hard. Older folks may chuckle at that, but I think we all have birthdays that hit us hard at different points of our life. My life today is not what I would have predicted or hoped it to be, in more ways than one. When I was 14 I [Read More…]

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Dungeons and Dragons Gets A Makeover

The New York Times is reporting Dungeons and Dragons is getting a fresh makeover, and Wizards of the Coast is seeking fan input. How does this relate to Paganism? Well, it’s hard to explain, but it kind of does… I think exploring fantasy and exercising the mythic imagination is an important part of converting to [Read More…]

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The First Converts to Paganism

Most Pagans living today in the West are converts. We were either raised without religion, or we are apostate Christians, Jews or Muslims. We tend to view the conversion to Paganism as a modern thing, but this is not so. There are two famous converts to Paganism in antiquity. Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus Julian the [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – King Radbod and the Importance of the Ancestors

This week on August 9th many Heathens who are members of the Asatru Alliance, or who opt to use their calendar, set aside time to celebrate the life and memory of the Frisian King Radbod (680-719 CE), who is a hero to many living Heathens and Pagans today. Christian missionaries came close to baptizing King [Read More…]

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Beltaine & Stuff ‘Round the Web

You know, who knew there would come a day when there is too much going on regarding Paganism to effectively cover? Well, Jason Pitzl-Waters knew, that’s who! I am always amazed and impressed when he has Wild Hunt posts covering multiple issues, and even more amazed that I have too much to possibly write about [Read More…]

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Why I Am Leaving Paganism

After a lot of heartbreaking soul-searching, I’ve come to the realization that I am no longer Pagan. It hurts to admit this but I realize now in my heart of hearts that I no longer believe in Pagan values, Pagan Gods or the Pagan community. After years of struggling with this and trying so hard [Read More…]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day? I Don’t Think So.

I was driving around my little town today and I saw that several houses already have decorations up for St. Patrick’s Day, which in the US is about two weeks away. I usually forget all about this “holiday,” and I certainly don’t celebrate it, but this time, seeing the shamrocks and the green paper garlands [Read More…]

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