A Generation of Converts: Back to a Life of Faith

Looking back over decades spent contemplating religion is a curious thing. With few exceptions, the bulk of the modern Pagan and polytheist movement is made up of converts. There are many different types of converts. Some hear the base message of a movement and hop on board without further thought. Some have an epiphany, wherein [Read More…]

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New Ancestors: Saying Goodbye, Saying Hello

My mom died last Sunday. Over the past few days I have inhabited a whole spectrum of emotions in coming to terms with this fact. It was unexpected, sudden, and heartbreaking. So my mother is now with the ancestors, with the beloved dead who have gone before. She is a new ancestor and for the [Read More…]

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Teach Me To Be Religious

There is a fascinating trend among the conversations I have had with other polytheists lately. We all move in circles dominated by “naturals.” People who hear the voices of the Gods and ancestors without effort. People who know the Gods exist with a certainty from experience. People who can just turn it on, like a [Read More…]

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Living: This Is Religion, Too

I have been insanely busy. It makes me feel guilty. I think I should be praying, meditating, pouring libations, burning barley, refreshing my kathiskos, writing, and studying my faith. But in a way, that misses the point. I’m watching tv with a depressed friend. This is religion, too. I’m listening to epic stories while sitting [Read More…]

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Solon’s Tenets: Integrity, Not Oaths

Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath. Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath. Trust good character more than promises. – various translations of Solon the Athenian’s first counsel An’ I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation. – Joan Jett I am blessed with [Read More…]

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So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish!

On April Fools 2010 I began working with Patheos, and added my first post to this blog. It has been an amazing adventure, and like all adventures, it has come to an end. Effective today I am stepping down as Managing Editor of the Pagan Portal at Patheos. I never wanted to be a Big [Read More…]

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My Hopes For The Future of Paganism

Long ago, Patheos did a series on the Future of Religion, including the Future of Paganism. It was fun. I miss doing series like that and sitting back to let other writers speak out. I didn’t contribute to that series, but I’d like to contribute today. I don’t have any predictions, or anything wise or [Read More…]

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Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

There are few people in the world that I admire more than P. Sufenas Virius Lupus. He is intelligent, kind, patient, a clear and thoughtful writer, and has been a source of unflagging support in my darkest hours. I am not in the habit of placing Pagans on pedestals, but if Sufenas weren’t so tall [Read More…]

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Pagan Americana: Murphey’s Midnight Rounders

There are many Pagan musicians I love passionately: Damh the Bard, SJ Tucker, Emerald Rose, Celia, Wendy Rule, Kenny Klein, Spiral Rhythm, Gaia Consort/Bone Poets Orchestra, and many more. But if you ask me which Pagan band I’m most excited about right now, I will tell you it’s Murphey’s Midnight Rounders. Brad, Teresa and Bonnie [Read More…]

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Being Negative Is Healthy; Or It’s Good To Be An Ass Sometimes

Despite how often I display it, or state it outright, people keep forgetting I’m an ass. I can be kind, generous, funny, grateful, compassionate, understanding, empathetic, and comforting, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I am an ass. Some people talk about shadow-work and Left Hand Path in terms almost as nauseating and cloying [Read More…]

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