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 seems to me we spend far more time trying to legitimize ourselves to each other, or knocking down rampant stupidity (such as the idea we are simply lazy … [Read more...]

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 a bearded guy mugged me. It just doesn't work that way.I have developed a stock phrase that some people find charming to answer the "Jesus … [Read more...]

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 I have this morning.As we are quickly speeding towards mid-year, I have to reflect that 2012 has not been very kind to me, but I didn't expect the Year of the Dragon to be flowing with milk and honey for a dog … [Read more...]

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 was in a very real way rejecting Wicca and traditional Witchcraft. My Craft experience was positive, and my initiation profoundly meaningful, and I recommend the experience to anyone, but for me it … [Read more...]

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. I'm not interested in a spell to induce psychic visions. But I skim through these blogs for a lot of reasons. It's good to know what other people are thinking. Some days I think Progressive Christians … [Read more...]

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? Did you choose correctly or do you need to turn around and hit the turnpike instead?My priestess tells me faith is based on experience, and that we don't trade in beliefs but have faith.So I'm digging … [Read more...]

Ayn Rand: Godmother of Satanism

Funny how folks inspire movements unintentionally. Kirkegaard was a devout Christian and would probably be a bit dismayed at the Existentialist movement his writings gave fruit to, and just so, I don't think Ayn Rand really expected to inform Satanist philosophy.Joe Carter (really nice guy) writes over on First Things: Perhaps most are unaware of the connection, though LaVey wasn’t shy about admitting his debt to his inspiration. “I give people Ayn Rand with trappings,” he once told the Washi … [Read more...]

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 scary, especially if the Deity in question is from a different tradition or pantheon than the person in question expected. This is something I'm quite familiar with, since I was scooped up by a Norse … [Read more...]

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 faith to do a lot for us. Sometimes it seems like an untouchable citadel to which we (maybe) aspire. Other times, we speak about it in the abstract as this thing we have. Either way, many religious wri … [Read more...]

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 that my parents needed me to be. I also tried to do this for my husband and his family. Thus I found myself caught between religious Jews and religious Greek Orthodox Christians, at different … [Read more...]


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