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 him do a cover of Josie and the Pussycats, and got a kick out of his rendition of Eye of the Tiger.As I watched the videos I quickly realized this was the best … [Read more...]

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 bad thing. Don't get me wrong. What you practice is your own business. But it's a very different strain of Paganism, and it's a thread that walks to the beat of its own … [Read more...]

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 to write about a few of my favorite things. Some of these you can buy. Some represent what I've loved about the past year. Some, well, some defy categorization. 13. Good Music Two of my favorite … [Read more...]

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. I may have teased some of the male members of my coven about getting whacked, but that only led me to think about how I will never play the Corn King in ritual. Gender in Wiccan theology is … [Read more...]

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 from our communities. We should make a greater effort to reach out and honor our elders and record their stories before they become our ancestors. I know a lot of Pagans are … [Read more...]

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 before ritual by taking a ritual bath. With prescribed words, oil, salt, fire and smoke we prepare ourselves to meet the Gods. We will dress according to tradition, make ourselves pleasing … [Read more...]


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