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

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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Think As A Mortal (Φρονει θνητα)

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 [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Know Your Opportunity (Καιρον γνωθι)

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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Intend To Get Married (Γαμειν μελλε)

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, [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Be/Know Yourself (Σαυτον ισθι)

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, [Read More…]

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Beyond Roses Red and Roses White (Possibly NSFW)

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 [Read More…]

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Delphic Maxims: Know What You Have Learned (Γνωθι μαθων)

I have this trick of being able to repeat a phone number in my mind until I have a chance to enter it into my phone. Once I’ve got it safely squared away, I promptly forget the number. It’s a really good example of not knowing what I’ve learned. This whole series on the Delphic [Read More…]

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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. [Read More…]

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