A “Legitimate” Paganism Experiment: What Do You Spiritually Need?

I need some of this, jazz trumpets included.

BT Newberg referenced the concept of Pagans trying to legitimize themselves “in the eyes of the mainstream.”  Aside from the other interesting concepts in his post, including a naturalist/hard polytheist dichotomy, I found that an odd idea. I suppose to some degree it may be true, as the Facebook poll I created shows, but it [Read More...]

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I Reject Jesus Christ

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Recently a blogger not worth naming make the statement that Paganism is merely Protestantism playing dress up. Seems patently absurd. Of course Progressive Protestant Christians are indeed taking on the trappings of Paganism: the Wheel of the Year, the Divine Feminine and positive affirmation style magic. However, that’s like saying I have a beard because [Read More...]

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Everybody Say Love

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I didn’t have a lot of downtime this weekend really, but I’m in a really good mood this morning. Such a good mood that I’m setting aside what I had planned for this morning (including an essay on my experience with gay marriage) but instead I want to share this feeling of love and hope [Read More...]

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Relying On Faith

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I need to start this post with this note before getting on with the topic at hand. When I wrote about realizing that traditional Witchcraft was a Mystery Tradition and not a religion, I received a lot of positive feedback from trad folk. It was an odd thing, because they seemed to not understand I [Read More...]

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Religion Is Not A Matter Of Style

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Yeah, I know. You already hate this post. Just from the title. I don’t care. I read a lot of religious blogs every day, from various faiths. Mormons, Hindus, Pagans, etc… A lot of it is boring or irrelevant to me. I could care less what insight someone has had about the book of Ephesians. [Read More...]

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Slipping On A Patch Of Doubt

I’m slipping and sliding on a patch of doubt this morning. Nothing I could write seems appropriate. I don’t have a lot of time to write, and my heart is troubled. However, doubt means one thing: you see how things could be better and it gives you pause. Which path leads to the bright future? [Read More...]

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Ayn Rand: Godmother of Satanism

How strange it seems that followers of “the wickedest man in the world,” as well as those who embrace the title Witch, should come to a place where they look askance at some members of the Religious Right with reasonable suspicion of their being Satanic? [Read more...]

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Fun Facts For the Deity-Owned

Recently I have run into lots of people who have recently been claimed by a Patron Deity. Sometimes they have been the ones to initiate the contact, but more frequently the Deity in question has swooped in out of the blue to claim ownership. When this occurs it can be intense, disorienting and a bit [Read More...]

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The Nature of Faith -Part I

It seems that 2010 Year of the Tiger has been a brutal one for many people. Now, more than ever I have had client after client contacting me with struggles of faith. Life is hard, and sometimes something so nebulous and yet so incredibly charged as ‘faith’ can take quite a beating. We expect our [Read More...]

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When Faith is Tested

Witch hunts still exist and pagans and anyone outside the dominant religious paradigm are still fair game. This lesson has hit home harder than ever this week for me. I am being tested. Like most others, I was raised in a religious, monotheist household. Like most others, I tried like mad to be the person [Read More...]

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