Kirk Cameron is a Tool

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Growing Pains was a cheesy show, and Kirk Cameron wasn't the most memorable part of the show. I was a Tracey Gold fan. So when Kirk Cameron became a ridiculous tool for religious bigotry, it wasn't a great loss to the entertainment world. It wasn't like fantastic religious-themed films like Doubt or The Apostle were less for his absence. Now all of Hollywood is engaged in condemning and mocking him for his hateful bigotry, which I admit I find entertaining. Especially because Alan Thicke … [Read more...]

The Egg and Mary Magdalen

This incredible painting of the Magdalen by Richard Stodart is not only available as a print, but the original is up for sale.

When I think of Ostara, I think of eggs, and of the multi-colored egg salad that is made the day after Ostara. And when I think of Divine images associated with eggs, I always think of Mary Magdalen. Most Pagans who convert from a Christian background go through a "What do I think about Jesus?" phase. I certainly did, and devoured Margaret Starbird's books. I was able to frame my feelings regarding the Christian faith, not necessarily Christian culture, through books such as The Woman … [Read more...]

Remember When You Couldn’t Openly Be Gay In Hollywood?

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Back when stars like Rock Hudson remained deeply closeted and people warned Cary Grant against looking too chummy with Randolph Scott? Have we ever come a long way... This Saturday, March 3rd, at 7:30 PST you can watch a live-stream of a play based on the Prop 8 trial, called 8. Rob Reiner makes it sound pretty juicy. And he apologizes that he couldn't get any big celebrities involved in the project. I guess they were afraid of hurting their careers by actively supporting marriage … [Read more...]

A Dog’s Perspective on Paganism

Not Willow & Reuben, but pretty darn cute all the same.

I turn 30 tomorrow. Not particularly thrilled about it. Everyone wants their birthday to be a little bit special, even if it just means getting a cookie with your lunch. I honestly didn't want to sleep alone on my birthday. While I could have made plans for sexytime, I'm instead pet-sitting for a friend. In a way, that's better.   At night Reuben wriggles under the blankets and curls up at my waist. Willow leaps atop the bed and settles down in the crook of my knees. All night … [Read more...]

Should There Be Freedom Of Religion Within Paganism?

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I was really freaking angry yesterday. I'm still processing my feelings of betrayal and being used over this issue, and angry to see so many people putting their agenda ahead of logic, reason, facts, and other people's rights. In trying to cool down and start seriously thinking about this whole brouhaha over Z. Budapest's ritual at PantheaCon, I realized it boiled down to a single issue: freedom of religion. If you deeply believe in menses magic, in celebrating and honoring the womb, … [Read more...]

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

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Apparently protests are going on at PantheaCon. T. Thorn Coyle has posted this on her FB page: Gender queers & trans allies at Pantheacon: I will sit in silent meditation outside San Martin/San Simeon at 8:45pm Sunday as counterpoint to "genetic women only" activity starting there at 9pm. All bodies=sacred. Pass it on. There are PNC members on the ground following the story and when they catch their breath they will be reporting the facts. It's a hectic conference and hard to find time to … [Read more...]

Missing PantheaCon and a Ritual of Exclusion

I just don't feel comfortable sharing sacred space with blue mugs.

The only thing worse than not attending an awesome event, is seeing all the posts from everyone who is attending on social media. PantheaCon is awesome. It's like a big diversity fair showcasing the full spectrum of the Pagan community. There are really fantastic classes, presentations, rituals, music and people.While I can't make it this year, I do look forward to attending next year, and seeing all the amazing people that I only run into on the West Coast. This year I know a lot of … [Read more...]

Violence, Children and Women

There seems to be a theme of violence in the news this morning, and before I attempt to wrap my head around the concept of idol-worship (stay tuned!) I want to talk about violence. The first regards a local story on WSB of an investigation into child abuse because of a Santeria ritual. A daycare called the police after finding cuts on a 4-year-old girl's chest. Apparently the cross-shaped cuts are made as part of a religious ritual in order to boost the girls strength. This isn't a ritual I … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts and Transgender Girls

I've never had a lot of pride in my Girl Scout career. It intersected with a difficult time in my life, and being more of a camping than a sleepover kind of girl, I always felt drawn more to the rough and tumble outdoorsy Boy Scouts. Besides, I always hated that we had to sell those damn cookies in the bitter cold of winter. So it suddenly feels strange to have this huge sense of pride in my years as a Brownie, Junior and Cadette since the revelation that GSUSA has been fully including … [Read more...]

Imagining A Post-Gender World

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This morning I was puttering around my kitchen, fussing with toast and coffee, listening to Fleetwood Mac. I'd read Steve Provost's post on gender discrimination in Paganism (a response of sorts to Devin Hunter's post on the same topic) and I was trying to decide what, if anything, I should write about it this morning. I've touched on the topic before and it wasn't well received. I think I argued that women who behave in traditionally masculine ways are admired while men who behave the same way … [Read more...]


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