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 already I might be tempted.It has taken me a long time to get around to reading his Devotio Antinoo. At over 500 pages it is a tome, so I set aside hours to devote to nothing else this week, and I … [Read more...]

Astral Poo ( Or If Not For Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have Any Luck At All)

Since sometime last week I have been fighting some kind of flu or virus that has fogged my brain, congested my sinuses, plagued me with nausea, given me fever chills, and supplied me with muscle aches. My brain is finally emerging from the fog slowly, and my fully lucid moments are long enough to be able to write something that maintains coherency for more than a few sentences. Before I got sick I hurt my back. Last night I believe I managed to fracture my big toe. I didn't want to get up this … [Read more...]

I Will Pray For You (She Said Sinisterly)

First of all, I FEEL BETTER! Whatever bug I had has vamoosed, and in the way things go I am amused at how the universe always seem to kick you when you're down, and at how all sorts of things happen while you are lying abed with a bug. How weird the wide world is!I know there are Olympics, and Catholics using smarmy quoting practices and Lammas and about a gajillion blog posts that could be responded to but today I want to talk about doing magick for other people.Anecdotal evidence … [Read more...]

Slacker Paganism

I like things to be just so. Perfect mood, perfect atmosphere, perfect time and perfect focus. Life, however, has other ideas.Often I will end up sabotaging a diet or a meditation program because of an off day. We've all been there. You succumb to the candy bar and then think What the hell? and grab a slice of pie while you're at it. Happens in our spiritual practice as well. You miss meditation one morning or a single devotional act and then you feel like since you've dropped the ball you … [Read more...]

Keeping a Diary

I hate writing in a diary. This probably surprises you considering the copious amounts of blather produced on this blog. There are plenty of notebooks full of scribbles, and even a couple of magical/spiritual diaries that I started and never kept up. For a long time both the discipline of maintaining a diary, and focusing so much on myself, seemed impossible. Blogging has, in a strange way, resolved these issues. For over a year I updated this blog at least once a day, and I've spent more time … [Read more...]

In The Midnight Hour

I don't sleep well quite often. I try so hard to sleep a full 8 hours straight. If I wake up after only a few hours I stubbornly cling to my pillow. I expend more energy trying to get good sleep than sleeping naturally. The truth is I feel better sleeping only 3-6 hours at a time, twice a day. But I've always considered that sort of shameful, a "couldn't sleep so I need a nap" type of occurrence. Yet an article on BBC News suggests that might actually be the healthy, natural way to rest: [Roger … [Read more...]

National Pagan Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and I hope you'll join me and add your prayers for our country.Oh Libertas! Oh Columbia! Sweet Lady Liberty, gracious hospitable Queen raising your torch by that solemn door.Embrace us, guide us, show us the bright path where all may pray, all worship, all sing. The path where you may dance for the Gods or walk in the silent surety of science.Teach us about freedom, that uncomfortable gift, not reserved for a few, for a select elite, but a blessing … [Read more...]

Breaking Up (With Gods) Is Hard To Do

"Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." -- Pete Seeger Proof is in the pudding. By your deeds are you known. There are a lot of old sayings relating to the value of experience, which is a harsh value: a value born of last ditch necessity. I'm afraid that I tend to learn by experience. Whatever brains I possess either aren't enough to keep me from doing something stupid, or they get a … [Read more...]

Irish Snakes Survive and Thrive: All Snakes Day

The Irish love a good story. They are a lyric, storytelling people. Their storytelling tradition is full of the improbable, impossible and likely not quite so. So although I appreciate those whose commitment to veracity in historical matters leads them to be St. Paddy's Day debunkers each year, I feel they miss the point of the story of Padraig and the Snakes: it's a good story. What makes it even better is that in true Irish fashion, the story continues and evolves. The snakes survived.I … [Read more...]

Praying for the Pacific

An earthquake has devastated Japan and a tsunami is racing across the Pacific ocean. I am watching the live news web broadcast in Hawaii, lighting candles and praying for the folks living there. I'm praying for the folks in Japan who are caught in the aftermath of this tragedy.Please keep those in the midst of harm's way in your thoughts. Pray, chant, sing, make offerings, send energy and be prepared to give to organizations providing relief for those who need help recovering from this … [Read more...]