Spiritual Warfare Is Essentially Black Magic

Back in 2000, maybe early 2001, there was a big prayer warrior event aimed at Ephesus. They were praying against the Queen of Heaven, which to them represented Ashtoreth, the Whore of Babylon. As a young virginal devotee of Artemis, I saw it as a direct attack on Artemis of Ephesus. It wrenched my heart then, and makes me tear up remembering it.This isn't a new phenomenon but an organized and concerted effort: Queen of Heaven: Perhaps the most recent development has been Wagner's emphasis on … [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...]

Hail Columbia! A Call to Pagan-Americans!

Hail to Columbia! Spirit of Liberty! Guardian of our country's Highest Ideals! Muse of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and the men and women who founded the United States! Inciter of just rebellion and champion of justice!M'Colleague had a great idea. While I was planning to write about what Freedom means to Pagans, he wanted to know what it actually means to be Pagan-American. I thought about that for a minute and was stumped that I didn't have a really clear idea of what "Pagan-American" means. … [Read more...]

Freedom

I am contemplating Freedom today. From the concept in American culture, to the strange Freedom of living with 1,000 Pagans on a scrap of land in Illinois. What does Freedom mean for you as a Pagan?I'll be writing about this tomorrow, but I'd like to know what you think. … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty and the Institution of Marriage?

Yesterday I was reading Timothy Dalrymple's post on the gay marriage debate. Tim's a good fella but we don't agree on a whole lot. So it's not surprising when either of us disagree with something the other wrote. Yet something in his post made me do a double-take: But here’s the thing: no one ever claimed that the legal recognition of gay marriage is going to harm your marriage.  The claim is that it will harm the institution of marriage.  And, with all due respect, the institution of marriage is … [Read more...]

Of Course Gay Marriage Can Last!

Time for another straight person's take on gay marriage, or as we like to call it in Paganism: marriage.While at Pagan Spirit Gathering last week, Arthur Hinds stood up and announced same-sex marriage had passed in New York State during Morning Meeting. A few hundred religious people of varying sexual orientations erupted in cheers. They didn't politely clap. They didn't think "Well, that's nice for them." None sat on their hands or look mildly perturbed. Without any more prompting thasn a … [Read more...]

Pagan Inclinations of the Founding Fathers

What a great thing it is, to live in a country founded on principles of freedom, especially religious freedom. Despite those who would rewrite history, the United States of America is "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion": a statement approved by George Washington himself. In fact, many of the building blocks of early American government rest on solid Pagan foundations.Am I saying the Founding Fathers were Pagans? No, they were mostly Deists with a good sprinkling of nature … [Read more...]

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