Best Fundraising Idea EVER

I follow some atheist blogs so I knew a big fundraising campaign was gearing up for the Secular Student Alliance. Mostly it’s bloggers who are urging their readers to give, but Crommunist over at Freethought blogs went one better: he’s doing Youtube cover video requests in exchange for donations. I found it amusing to watch [Read More...]

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A Brand-New Paganism

You may think we're all the same, but we're really quite different, and some of us have fabulous headdresses...

I spend a lot of time thinking about the differences between the many different traditions and forms of Paganism. It’s a lot to think about! One of the differences that keeps popping up in conversations, and causing some crossed wires and deep pondering, is Paganism that is completely new and invented. Now, that’s not a [Read More...]

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A Few of My Favorite Things (13 To Be Precise)

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It would be disingenuous of me to write a holiday gift guide since I have sworn off gifts this year. It also feels wrong to write a “Best of 2011″ list when my “liturgical year” has already ended, and shouldn’t we focus more on Pagan culture than overculture? So my compromise is this: I’m going [Read More...]

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13 Songs for Lammas/Lughnasadh!

Lammas is upon us. John Barleycorn must die. I must once again harvest Youtube for a playlist worthy of the season. As we approach Lammas I’ve been thinking about the concept of sacrifice a good bit. I’m not certain how the ritual I attend will play out, but generally the Corn King is cut down. [Read More...]

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Reflecting on the Life of Steve Collins/Lord Senthor

I think the saddest thing about writing for the Pagan community is writing about elders who have passed that I never had the chance to meet. The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko said “Not people die but worlds die in them.” It’s an appropriate way to express the memories, knowledge and perspective lost every time someone passes [Read More...]

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State of Grace: Water, Moon and Ritual

I crave ritual. I crave grace. I crave water. There is no sin or falleness in Paganism. Those things that drive Christians to seek grace do not exist for us. What we do have is impurity. Pagans of old were obsessed with purification rituals, with bathing and with cleansing. In my tradition we purify ourselves [Read More...]

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