Why Polytheism Is Vital To Paganism

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Not all of us are polytheists. I get that. I've just spent a week watching Grey's Anatomy marathon fashion, and I've thought very little about Paganism. When I did think about it, I thought about the things that annoyed me. Then I reminded myself I was on vacation and put it out of my mind. All things end, and so has my "vacation." I'm not certain you can call it a vacation if you still make time to work everyday, but that seems to be the modern thing, to remain half at work when lounging on a … [Read more...]

Why A Crisis of Faith Sucks

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Remember my writing about going through a crisis of faith? Yeah, that's still happening. It's been several months now, and no sign of getting better yet. A good story has an arc, a progression, and a satisfying conclusion. This isn't proving to be a good story.What happens is first you begin by denying that you're going through a crisis of faith. You brush it aside and plunge forward regardless. Eventually it reaches the point where it can no longer be ignored. It pisses you off. So you … [Read more...]

Search Not My Heart (aka Don’t Pee In My Cheerios)

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Have you ever read the Nicene Creed? It's an affirmation of the theological concepts of one type of Christian orthodoxy. What about the Shahada? It's an affirmation of the principal theological concept in Islam. The Shem Yisrael is yet another creedal affirmation of a theological concept.We don't generally have an equivalent in Paganism. Theology isn't as important to us as action, as practice. We don't generally tolerate people telling us we believe wrong. We are more than happy to point … [Read more...]

When “Pagan” Loses Meaning: Atheists and Theists

I was angry this morning. I read M.J. Lee's post over on Humanistic Paganism and I found myself really pissed. It cheesed my grits. It got my goat. And then I thought "Why are you pissed Star? This isn't even your religion she's talking about."That thought caught me by surprise. I have never before thought that way about another person who considers themselves Pagan. A different tradition, yes. Different nuances, different culture, different emphasis, but always with the same threads running … [Read more...]

Delphic Maxims: Think As A Mortal (Φρονει θνητα)

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I like this Maxim. In the world of religion we spend a lot of time trying to think like Gods and other generally incorporeal beings. How should one address an angel? If I were a sea nymph what kind of offering would I want? How does one evolve over centuries, through millennia and via various cultures? If one is Immortal, what does one want or need?Sometimes I hear people talking about Aeons and Ages and the massive millennia long spiritual cogs of the Universe turning, and I sometimes … [Read more...]

Delphic Maxims: Know Your Opportunity (Καιρον γνωθι)

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I'm kind of shell-shocked this morning. I had some unexpected news that got to me. I'm getting ready to pack and bury myself in work and solitude for a long weekend, so I felt I should post something quick for one of the Maxims. And this was the next Maxim. It speaks to the sad story related to me this morning. I'm not going to give details, but this maxim could have kept the story from being so sad.Know Your Opportunity.It's good advice. I think most people will look at it from the … [Read more...]

Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon saga, and it's grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle's quote from The Wicker Tree: "Can fate be altered? This is a question that every religion has tried to answer, and the answer is almost certainly No."I've been thinking about a lot of big questions lately, and haven't come to any s … [Read more...]

Delphic Maxims: Intend To Get Married (Γαμειν μελλε)

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This is the first difficult Maxim I have to address, and not nearly the hardest (because there's one I intend to dismiss entirely so stay tuned). This is a Maxim geared towards a specific cultural norm that no longer exists. Yet some of the root virtue inherent in this Maxim still applies.Marriage meant children, and continuity. It meant maturity and stability. It meant status. It meant family. It meant love.So how does this translate into modern culture? For one thing, marriage doesn't … [Read more...]

Delphic Maxims: Be/Know Yourself (Σαυτον ισθι)

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Know Thyself.It's the Maxim that everyone knows. What new thing can I say about this? I don't think I can say anything that won't sound cliché or trite.And so I give you Emerson: The Gods we worship write their names on our faces, be sure of that.And a person will worship something, have no doubt of that either.One may think that tribute is paid in secret, in the dark recesses of his or her heart, but it will out.That which dominates imagination and thoughts will … [Read more...]

Beyond Roses Red and Roses White (Possibly NSFW)

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Writing can become a bad habit, and a simple question can set loose a torrent of words. So when Niki Whiting asked me what I thought of Peter Grey's The Red Goddess last night, I gave a long and complex answer when a simple one would do. Now that all the words are just sitting there, I feel I should form them into a post of some sort. I should warn that there's some frank talk about sexuality in this post, and it is heteronormative. I'm not qualified to speak to any other kind of sexuality, but … [Read more...]


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