Opening Up To Love

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Tomorrow is Valentines Day, beloved of romantics and dreaded by cynics. Even I, veritable grump and Grinch that I am, am not immune to the vibe in the air.Love is an emotion that needs open windows, fresh air and room to dance. For many Pagans love forms a key component of their faith. Wiccans are known for valuing "Perfect Love." Most of us consider love an integral part of our human nature, and many of the rights we fight for are based on love.As I was considering what to write … [Read more...]

14 Songs for Lupercalia (Valentines Day)

I could use some music today. How about you?I'm officially filing this under 13 Things, but I had to add a little extra awesomeness.Read more on Lupercalia. Always makes me think of Mark Anthony running naked through the streets of Rome. Rawr! 14. Tainted Love - Soft Cell13. Pagan Girl - Emerald Rose12. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream11. This Kiss - Faith Hill10. It's Friday I'm In Love - The Cure9. Just Because - Gaia Consort8. Hey Good Lookin' - Hank Williams … [Read more...]

Gingrich Equates Gay Marriage to Paganism Like It’s A Bad Thing…

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Newt is awesome. He is so arrogantly oblivious to his own hypocrisy that sometimes I suspect his whole campaign is run by Stephen Colbert. He is a gift to political comedians everywhere, and for once he said something sensible about marriage (amidst his usual sea of hypocritical crazy). The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization. - Newt Gingrich I bolded the part he … [Read more...]

The Final Episode of Big Love, the Goddess and Alternative Family

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NOTICE: This post has been found in violation of H.R. 3261, S.O.P.A. and has been removed.I'd really like to write about HBO's Big Love, the final season of which is now out on dvd.But we're facing a world where my ability to write about such things becomes more perilous. My linking to something relating to intellectual property could harm Patheos under this law, and so Youtube music playlists, like the one I posted yesterday, would become a thing of the past.I can't physically make … [Read more...]

Religion Is Not A Matter Of Style

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Yeah, I know. You already hate this post. Just from the title. I don't care.I read a lot of religious blogs every day, from various faiths. Mormons, Hindus, Pagans, etc... A lot of it is boring or irrelevant to me. I could care less what insight someone has had about the book of Ephesians. I'm not interested in a spell to induce psychic visions. But I skim through these blogs for a lot of reasons. It's good to know what other people are thinking. Some days I think Progressive Christians … [Read more...]

When Interfaith Gets Ugly

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Patheos is a diverse place. I tend to think of it like a city with different quarters. There are good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods, which shift depending on your point of view. There is the place I live, and the places I prefer to avoid. If Patheos is anything, it's proof that, like patience, you should never pray to be more tolerant unless you wish to be tested. I believe having the tenets of your faith tested is a good thing. Makes you strong in your spiritual convictions. Writing here … [Read more...]

Hospitality is the Law

Hospitality is the foundation of Paganism. Reciprocal relationships, maintaining the right order of things, Ma'at, the mos maiorum, harmony: whatever you call it, hospitality is key in nearly every Pagan religion, ancient or modern. This I believe.Down here in the South hospitality is simply called manners, and manners are a big deal in the South. While we seem to have made a virtue out of being a bitch in this day and age, it's not getting us anywhere and it's certainly out of keeping with … [Read more...]

Feast of The Good Galileans (or Star invents a Holiday)

There are days when I really hate Christians. I loathe them on those days. My wrath swells and my rage increases. I hate their dismissiveness. I hate their blindness to their own privilege. I hate their double standards. I hate their elitism and snobbery. I hate their bland platitudes, and their church clothes. I hate their taking over restaurants on a Sunday and that they dictate my shopping habits with their blue laws. I hate the fish plaques on minivans and the Jesus bumperstickers. It's not … [Read more...]

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...]

All Acts of Love

Civil rights is the defining issue of our age. My grandparents were born into a generation that for the first time had never lived in a country where women could not vote. Growing up in Atlanta in the 50's and 60's, racial equality shaped my parents worldview. My generation is fighting for civil rights still: the right to marry and the right to practice our faith.In my lifetime the Helms Amendment has died, the pentacle has appeared on the gravestones of the fallen in Arlington cemetery, … [Read more...]


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