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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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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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 [Read More…]

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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! [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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