Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon saga, and it’s grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle’s quote from The Wicker Tree: “Can fate be altered? This is a question [Read More...]

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Hekate’s Deipnon: Maintaining Your Life

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Today is the Deipnon, and I will be celebrating it for the third time. My first Deipnon was cleaning intensive, my second paltry, and this one I’ve parceled out a bit over a few days. Other than some dishes, touch ups and reorganizing the pantry, the house is pretty much spotless. So I’m using this [Read More...]

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Delphic Maxims: Intend To Get Married (Γαμειν μελλε)

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This is the first difficult Maxim I have to address, and not nearly the hardest (because there’s one I intend to dismiss entirely so stay tuned). This is a Maxim geared towards a specific cultural norm that no longer exists. Yet some of the root virtue inherent in this Maxim still applies. Marriage meant children, [Read More...]

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Delphic Maxims: Know What You Have Learned (Γνωθι μαθων)

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I have this trick of being able to repeat a phone number in my mind until I have a chance to enter it into my phone. Once I’ve got it safely squared away, I promptly forget the number. It’s a really good example of not knowing what I’ve learned. This whole series on the Delphic [Read More...]

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Is Paganism Blind To The Disabled?

When we were talking about Pagan temples awhile back it struck me how many of the commenters seemed entirely blind or dismissive of the needs of those who have a medical disability or impairment. I was going to write a big post on it, but it’s a pretty day and I need to get some [Read More...]

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Hekate’s Deipnon: Time To Mop Up

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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 [Read More...]

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Pagan Temples: Dreaming Really Big

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Monday’s are awful. This particular Monday is awful as I’m grappling with a situation for which I have no good resolution. I’ve been down all weekend wrestling with this problem, and I’ve been letting myself do a little dreaming. I’ve been thinking about the future and all the good things it holds. Most of my [Read More...]

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Spring Song

Possibly the most sickly sweet piece of classical music ever written. So how do you plan to celebrate Ostara? [Read more...]

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What Is The Ultimate Spiritual Necessity?

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I’m watching Jumping the Broom on a lazy Sunday afternoon as I put off doing laundry. I’m also trying to plan out my month. And as the fabulous Loretta Devine is arguing over the cultural necessity of jumping the broom, and I’m planning out my spiritual activities, I’m wondering what would the spiritual or cultural [Read More...]

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Should There Be Freedom Of Religion Within Paganism?

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I was really freaking angry yesterday. I’m still processing my feelings of betrayal and being used over this issue, and angry to see so many people putting their agenda ahead of logic, reason, facts, and other people’s rights. In trying to cool down and start seriously thinking about this whole brouhaha over Z. Budapest’s ritual [Read More...]

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