Delphic Maxims: Be Overcome By Justice (Ηττω υπο δικαιου)

This may be one of my favorite Maxims. It is the counterpoint to Obey the Law. Sure, we have to stop at stop signs and pay our taxes, but we are also commanded to Be Overcome By Justice. I love that word: overcome. It reminds me of the old civil rights spiritual: We Shall Overcome. So when it comes to our rights being taken from us, do we obey the law or do we allow ourselves to be overcome by justice? I think the same-sex marriage debate raging in this country is a great example of … [Read more...]

West Memphis Three Walk Free After 18 Years

They were convicted for being young, goth, Wiccan metalheads at the height of the Satanic Panic. Today they walk free. No evidence. Not a shred. Law enforcement decided the "Satanic kids" committed the crime and refused to entertain evidence that suggested otherwise. Recent DNA evidence exonerated them. Not that you would know this by the DA running the press conference. He didn't mention the DNA doesn't match. He didn't mention there was no real evidence. He didn't mention the evidence … [Read more...]

Paganism: What We Can Learn From Star Trek

We all know the jokes. Heathens are Klingons, Recons are Vulcans, and oh, there are a lot of choices for the Borg nowadays. Back when I first heard the joke, Llewellyn was the Borg, but Witch School might make as amusing a candidate nowadays. Jokes aside, I think there are a lot of similarities between Modern Paganism and the Star Trek canon. The United Federation of Planets, and it's exploration/peacekeeping/diplomatic arm Starfleet, aims to promote peace, justice, liberty, cooperation, and by … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Understanding the Words – Wyrd and Orlog

The concepts of wyrd and orlog are interconnected, but can sometimes prove to be stumbling blocks as their meanings are learned. In Heathenry we have no absolute concept of one’s fate, rather we have a notion that our destiny, or doom is comprised by choices and while a certain fate may come to pass, we also have the ability to make other choices to potentially change it. To understand how wyrd and orlog are connected, let us explore the meanings of these words. … [Read more...]

Pagan Values: Domestic Abuse, Rape and Rihanna’s “Man Down”

Domestic abuse survivor Rihanna has a new song about murder, which isn't news. Most genres of music are full of songs about death, murder and killing. I used to joke that parents worried about their kids should be just as concerned about violent folk music as violent rap. Yet the video for Rihanna's Man Down places the murder in the context of rape. This is what I find interesting: we don't blink an eye when a song invokes murder, but if it places the murder in the context of rape or domestic … [Read more...]

Have A Little Fate

My head is full of the horrific events in Arizona, the extreme knottiness of talking about religious Witchcraft and the morality of missing ritual for something "fun". However, as I sit here snacking on banana sandwiches and tater chips what I really want to do is talk about fate, justice and the whole karmic enchilada. So yesterday I invoked Nemesis in an article and that's something to really consider. You see, folks think of her as revenge, as the personification of enemy, but really she is … [Read more...]