Pagan Temples: Dreaming Really Big

Morning light flooding the sanctuary.

Monday's are awful. This particular Monday is awful as I'm grappling with a situation for which I have no good resolution. I've been down all weekend wrestling with this problem, and I've been letting myself do a little dreaming. I've been thinking about the future and all the good things it holds. Most of my dreams were very personal, but one dream I allowed myself to dream was a really beautiful dream involving our community. I was going to keep it to myself, but I think maybe other people … [Read more...]

Choosing Paganism and Processing Regret

Sad pug is sad.

I'm 30 and it's hitting me hard. Older folks may chuckle at that, but I think we all have birthdays that hit us hard at different points of our life. My life today is not what I would have predicted or hoped it to be, in more ways than one. When I was 14 I would have said that by 30 I would be married to an Evangelical man, be a housewife and have at least 5 children. When I was 18 I would have said I would be living in London, working in a research library and married to a professor. … [Read more...]

Hijacking Paganism in the Media

Imagine people began to refer to all people who wear religious jewelry as Catholic. The wearing of a Star of David could be characterized as the "Catholic Agenda," and shops selling pentacles provided as proof of Catholicism on the rise. It's a complete misuse of the word Catholic. It's confusing. It's inappropriate. It makes it seem as if Catholicism isn't a real religion. When Gingrich referenced Paganism the other day, he was talking about secularism. He was talking around us. He was … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Component of Autism

The response to my last post on autism and Asperger's really overwhelmed me. I didn't expect to get such a positive response. I was literally bracing myself for the worst. The post seemed to touch a lot of people, particularly women who believe they may be on the spectrum. Just being able to make one person feel less alone made that post worth publishing. I've been thinking about the connection between autism and spirituality. The first and most obvious connection is that religion and … [Read more...]

A New Look at the Pagan Umbrella

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Who is Pagan exactly? It's a question we've struggled with for decades. Often this questioned is answered by how people identify themselves. But Cara Schulz has taken a different approach. She looked around and tried to find which essential common factors existed in the Pagans she knew. And she came up with an intriguing theory. Maybe she's wrong. Maybe she's right. Maybe you like the theory. Maybe you hate it. But you have to admit it's fascinating to consider in all its implications. Let … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Burqinis, Polytheism, Circumcision and More

Nigella Lawson Sports A Burqini Nigella Lawson was seen frolicking on a beach wearing *gasp* clothing! The curvy celebrity chef is no stranger to showing skin, so maybe she just didn't want a sunburn? People pointing out her cellulite?Muslim blogger Spirit21 writes: Lawson’s fear of sunburn may have inadvertently prompted the realisation that there is liberation in covering. This is something that Muslim women like me have expended much effort in explaining and defending. But maybe we can … [Read more...]

Our Conduct Matters, Not Our Labels

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! I have literally been overwhelmed by the debate in the Pagan blogosphere over the weekend. It's been a chore simply processing all the information, and every time I found a point I felt I inclined to speak to, three new perspectives popped up and demanded my attention. In this debate I have found perspectives and statements I find disheartening. The idea that the only way for a minority religion to be strong is by dismissing … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Jon Hanna says Together we Fall, Divided we Stand

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! “There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.” – Lord Byron The word pagan has always been of questionable usefulness to anyone who isn’t primarily concerned with Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Its origins are entirely in contrast to those religions (whether it came directly from country-dweller or via civilian, which while an interesting enough point of … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Matthew Hunt says Differences Are Real and Important

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! How I feel about this topic is that however some folk want a term or word to mean, the reality is different. Most folk when they speak of Paganism they ARE speaking about a specific religion. NOT an umbrella term. More often than not I hear talk of the Pagan Religion, and The Pagan Community. When I have met those who call themselves "Pagan" they have a different world-view than I do. A different set of values. That's fine of … [Read more...]