The Merry Month of Maia

My mind is full of car-shopping panic and to ease it I made something for my new car (she says with grim optimism). It's an ornament to hang from the rear view mirror, and on the back is inscribed the names of Hera Hyperkheiria and Hermes Pompaios. One of Hera's cult titles in Sparta was Hyperkheiria, or the goddess who holds her protecting hand over a thing. In this case, that thing is the car I'm hoping to get since my current car lacks a working engine. Pompaios mean "the Guide," and seems … [Read more...]

Reconsidering the Importance of Myth

Following up on my last post hasn't been easy. Both a lack of time and deciding what to write has been difficult. Maybe my week off spoiled me and I'm just finding it hard to get back in the groove.My last post got some surprisingly positive feedback from surprising quarters. I've received a lot of kind and interesting responses I'm still trying to process. One was public, and I strongly suggest you read Ian Corrigan's response post. I want to revisit some comments he made, and issues raised … [Read more...]

What I’m Doing, And Why I’m Doing It

This is proving difficult to write, despite the fact that I've had a few days to think about it, even now that I've stared at this blank screen for several minutes. So first let's get the disclaimers out of the way. This is my truth, not universal truth. Your mileage may vary. Also, what I say may be very different from your experience, and might possibly make you angry. That's not my intention, but I have to speak my truth.Abrahamic and Dharmic faiths, thanks to their unbroken dominance in … [Read more...]


A week ago I took a blogging sabbatical. Since then I've received a lot of feedback, mostly supportive. Even so, by Saturday I had decided to permanently archive this blog, and quit blogging altogether. Then I received some advice, and had significant conversations that gave me new insight. This insight not only changed the way I thought about blogging, but the way I thought about my spiritual path.So this blog will change significantly. The minor change is that I've decided to turn off … [Read more...]

Polytheists, Neo-Pagans, and Other Religious Critters

The least offensive thing on television as I sit down to write, my belly full of my roommates cat-head biscuits and sausage gravy, is The Song of Bernadette. So of course I'm listening to Jennifer Warnes singing Song for Bernadette. Maybe the song and film will bring me some kindness as I write today's post, which is a topic that can too quickly become harsh and unkind.I spend a significant number of my waking hours considering the Pagan community, it's limitless diversity, identifying … [Read more...]

The Gods We Know… and Those We Don’t…

I have a vague inspiration this morning. I will try to craft a post from it, but it may well fall flat. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has an excellent column this morning on grappling with the concept of new Gods, and Apuleius Platonicus has, whether you agree with his views or not, a rather passionate post that speaks to both the importance of direct divine experience and the tendency to label our mythos in black and white terms.I suggest you read them both and then come back. Here's some music … [Read more...]

Hekate’s Deipnon: Time To Mop Up

In Hellenic religion, today is the Deipnon. Part of a 3 day religious observance at the time of the dark and new moon.It's a time to close up unfinished business before the new moon appears. People pay any remaining bills, respond to all correspondence, donate to a food shelter, make offerings to Hekate, and clean house.I've never celebrated the Deipnon before. I'm giving it a shot today, and my roommates are rather serendipitously on board, as they have guests arriving tomorrow, and … [Read more...]

When Hinduism Confuses and Frustrates Me

Modern Pagans consider many religions to be our spiritual cousins: Shinto, Vodou, Santeria, First Nations religions, etc... One of our spiritual cousins, from our point of view, is Hinduism: a religious movement as diverse and fluid as our own Paganism. Some Hindus feel the same way towards us, as evidenced by the presence of the Hindu American Foundation at PantheaCon last year.One thing I recall vividly from observing the HAF panel last year is how Hinduism is taught as monotheism, but … [Read more...]

Desiring a Sanctified Home

Word is Drew Barrymore is converting to Judaism. Remember last year when Julia Roberts converted to Hinduism? I'm conflicted about people who convert for marriage, but I understand the reasons why.Last night I was on a podcast run by Lamyka called the Pagan Women's Podcast. About once a month she ropes various Pagan women into talking about subjects of interest to us. This time the episode was about Hellenic polytheism, and Lamyka and I grilled Cara Schulz on her practice.The thing that … [Read more...]

The Irresistible Idea of Being One

We are all made of star stuff. It's just a scientific fact. There is nothing in the universe that is foreign to the universe (as far as we know). Everything in the universe is made up of the same building blocks. But does it then follow that all things are One?  If anything is truly remarkable about the Universe, it is that such diversity exists within it. Just on our own planet, the countless species of plant and animal life is a little overwhelming. The uniqueness of life in all … [Read more...]