Archiving Our History Before We Lose It

Part of my journey to the midwest included a really fascinating chat with a friend over the decades of archives he is combing through from his parent's coven. The sheer number of documents he is dealing with is astounding. The proper cataloging and archiving of all this material will take a significant amount of time. As he showed me old newsletters and notes from the early 80's, I couldn't help but think about all the other boxes, file cabinets, trunks and drawers filled with important bits of … [Read more...]

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...]

The Jonathan Merritt I Knew: Why He’s Not Quite Anti-Gay & Why I Feel Sorry For Him

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I am not a warm and fuzzy person by nature, but my heart is hurting for Jonathan Merritt. I haven't seen the guy in 20 years but every so often I look him up and see what he's writing about. He is an excellent writer, even though we parted ways politically and theologically long ago.We were never close, just two kids who knew each other through Mr. Chuck's children's worship service. Every Sunday there was a part of the class where you had to sit absolutely still and silent because the kid … [Read more...]

I Am A Cis-Woman

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I was born with all the biological markers of the female sex. I was not born with all of the classic traits of the female gender.I was born different. Different enough that I've spent a lot of my life pinpointing that difference. That means I've given a lot of thought to my gender identity and sexual orientation. I am female and I am attracted to men. The fact that I have female reproductive organs almost seems incidental to this.My personality makes more sense in a male gender. … [Read more...]

Carefully Considering Conversion

Conversion usually involves less swooning and more pints of ice cream than artists tend to illustrate.

I mentioned a few days ago that one of the atheist bloggers here at Patheos converted to Catholicism. It's a little bizarre, and a lot of atheists are confused, as well as a few Catholics. And it has me thinking deeply about conversion.The most popular conversion story in the Western world is that of Saul (soon to become the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus. It leads us to think of conversion as a sudden thing. A flash of light from heaven, a miracle witnessed, or maybe Chi-Rho … [Read more...]

Search Not My Heart (aka Don’t Pee In My Cheerios)

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Have you ever read the Nicene Creed? It's an affirmation of the theological concepts of one type of Christian orthodoxy. What about the Shahada? It's an affirmation of the principal theological concept in Islam. The Shem Yisrael is yet another creedal affirmation of a theological concept.We don't generally have an equivalent in Paganism. Theology isn't as important to us as action, as practice. We don't generally tolerate people telling us we believe wrong. We are more than happy to point … [Read more...]

Live Pagan Hangout Today: Christian Imagery in Pagan and Occult Ritual

I'm creating what is essentially a 30 min weekly Pagan talk show on the web which has the novelty of being broadcast live. It's all through the magic of G+ and the first broadcast is today. If you can't watch live (we can see your comments and questions during broadcast and respond to them) then never fear, it will be available on Youtube for your viewing convenience.I'll be embedding the video here so you can open this page in a tab as a reminder to watch later.We'll start at 11 AM EDT … [Read more...]

Considering Michael York’s “Catastrophe”

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I awoke this morning intending to begin a series of meditations upon the Delphic Maxims. Not an easy task, but not nearly as difficult as what I'm about to write. As I began my morning routine of e-mail, rss feeds and social media I read Micheal York's guest post on The Wild Hunt. It's already received quite a reaction, and I'm going to do my best to respond thoughtfully to it because it touches on threads I have been silently weaving with for a long time.There is an End happening. Maybe … [Read more...]

Hint: It’s Because We Have Vaginas

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In response to my post on veiling yesterday someone responded that in ancient times veiled women were unable to participate in civic life.That is wrong.People with vaginas were unable to participate in civic life, whether or not they wore a veil.There are a lot of Pagans out there studying ancient practices and seeking ways to revive them in the modern world. Women in particular are interested in finding ways to take the best of ancient practice and marry it to a modern … [Read more...]


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