Paganism 101 Again….and Again…

It fascinates me that there is no continuing education in Paganism (such as "Sunday School" or "Bible study") but we have an endless series of 101 classes. I had to take them when I was considering the Alexandrian tradition of Witchcraft. I sometimes took classes twice when I was active in the Ravenwood tradition I was initiated in. Now I have rejoined Hellenion after an almost ten year absence and find yet another set of 101 classes facing me.Don't get me wrong. I get the need for 101 … [Read more...]

Talkin’ Bout My Generation

Let's get the obvious out of the way first and set the mood:I'm a Millennial. Gen Y, if you will. Y? Y not? With two older Gen X sisters and being born practically on the cusp, I spent my childhood desperately wanting to be part of Gen X. When I was old enough to be able to listen to my own music, after listening to my parents country and oldies all my life, I hungrily sought out Madonna, The Cure, Beastie Boys and discovered Nirvana 6 years after Cobain's death. It took me awhile to … [Read more...]

Going Mainstream

There's been a lot of discussion about Paganism "going mainstream." Should we go mainstream? Is it wrong to go mainstream? What do we lose by going mainstream? What do we gain by it? Gus DiZerega spoke about the danger of losing our edge as we go mainstream.One question I don't hear often asked is can Paganism go mainstream? Do we even have the ability? Are we ready? Are we capable? The truth is, we have a lot of things working against us.Lack of Religious EducationWhile I was unable to … [Read more...]

The Piety of Great Books

I walked into a local thrift shop today seeking out bookcases and came home with the 54 volume set of of the Encyclopædia Britannica's Great Books series. Called Volume 1: The Great Conversation, it spans Homer to Freud with stops at Euclid, Chaucer and Swift. I saw Plotinus and Virgil and swooned. Now I need even more bookshelves.The history of this series is fascinating. Education used to consist of studying the masters, of analyzing great literature. Latin and Greek used to be the mark of … [Read more...]