Practical Polytheism: A Review of Devotio Antinoo

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

My hand cramps up just looking at Tolstoy's 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...]

Pagan Hangout: Earth-based or Of The Universe?

Yup, we're at it again! If you can’t watch live (we can see your comments and questions during broadcast and respond to them) then never fear, it will be available on Youtube for your viewing convenience.I’ll be embedding the video here so you can open this page in a tab as a reminder to watch later.We’ll start at 11 AM EDT broadcasting every Wednesday, and here’s a timezone schedule so you don’t have to do the math: 11 AM EDT (New York) 10 AM CDT (Nashville) 9 AM MDT (Denver) 8 AM … [Read more...]

Needful Stories & Good Advice: Reviews of Low Magick (Lon Milo DuQuette) and The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley (Rodney Orpheus)

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I read a lot of news and opinion, and reading for leisure hasn't been a big priority in the past couple of years. I have had a strange week though, and it afforded me some offline downtime. So I read two books, one a recent Kindle purchase, and the other a book that I'd had in my "to read" pile for months. Both are by Thelemites who happen to be active leaders in the Ordo Templi Orientis. Low Magick: It's All In Your Head ... You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is Lon Milo DuQuette I am a … [Read more...]

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

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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 isn't as important to us as action, as practice. We don't generally tolerate people telling us we believe wrong. We are more than happy to point … [Read more...]

Eating God: Considering Eucharistic Ritual

A scene familiar to both Christians and Pagans.

It's not unusual to see Pagans joking about the "cannibalism" of the Christian eucharist. While the concept of transubstantiation is unique to Christian worship, eucharistic ritual is not. What do you think those ancient sacrifices were about? Why do you think women baked cakes for the Queen of Heaven? And when the officiant blesses the cakes and ale/wine in a Wiccan ritual, isn't that a eucharistic style of worship as well?One of the most important things for a human to do in this life is … [Read more...]

Live Pagan Hangout Today: Christian Imagery in Pagan and Occult Ritual

I'm creating what is essentially a 30 min weekly Pagan talk show on the web which has the novelty of being broadcast live. It's all through the magic of G+ and the first broadcast is today. If you can't watch live (we can see your comments and questions during broadcast and respond to them) then never fear, it will be available on Youtube for your viewing convenience.I'll be embedding the video here so you can open this page in a tab as a reminder to watch later.We'll start at 11 AM EDT … [Read more...]


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