When Ritual Goes Wrong

Recently I had the misfortune to attend a ritual that was a disaster. It was such a mess that I felt myself becoming physically ill...speaking to another attendee later I discovered that I was not the only person this happened to. Normally, I would chalk this up to a bad experience and just resolve never to attend another ritual led by that individual. But the individual teaches paganism and ritual to a host of impressionable folks who will 1.) think this is what ritual is supposed to be and 2.) … [Read more...]

Defaulting to Wicca: Issues with Intra-Pagan Dialogue

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Over on PAGAN+politics Cara Schulz wrote a great recap of PantheaCon. I will concur that not only is she very nice in person but very funny as well. I was happy to room with her and after meeting her in person have even more respect and love for her, even if she is a conservative! In her post she mentioned something that she and I had discussed while at the convention: Wicca-centric language.At pan-Pagan events there is a … [Read more...]

Hipster Pagans: The Language of Disrespect

I have a cousin who doesn't understand how I can love C.S. Lewis and still be Pagan. I completely agree with him that Mere Christianity is a fabulous book that everyone should read, but simply because it's a great example of religious writing and reasoning. I like writing, reasoning and religion. Therefore, I like C.S. Lewis.Something he wrote, I believe it was in The Four Loves, has always stuck with me. He makes some observations on the use of the words "real" and "really". I believe the … [Read more...]

Resolutions, Oaths and Promises

Everyone is busy making their New Year's resolutions and I've already made mine. At Yule, in a cast circle, I made my resolutions before the Gods, the elements and my church. Pretty heavy stuff.For me this sort of oath is especially important. It's more than a promise. It's more than saying "I'll try" or simply good intentions. It's placing your relationships in a sacred context. It is strengthening your love via obligations. It's creating bonds of respect, love and affection.Bonds and … [Read more...]