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 that every religion has tried to answer, and the answer is almost certainly No."I've been thinking about a lot of big questions lately, and haven't come to any s … [Read more...]

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 Deipnon to completely reorganize my bedroom. I'm looking forward to it.The plant I emptied my Kathiskos, or offering jar, into last month perked up significantly, so I may dose the poorly aloe … [Read more...]

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, and continuity. It meant maturity and stability. It meant status. It meant family. It meant love.So how does this translate into modern culture? For one thing, marriage doesn't … [Read more...]

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 Maxims is an active expression of this one Maxim. I could memorize the list, but would I know it? For instance, it's not enough to remember to Know Thyself, one actually has to put in the work. Memorizing by rote is … [Read more...]

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 offline sunshine.Think about all your Pagan ritual experiences. Think about the most typical rituals you've attended. Think about the festivals and conferences you've attended.How would you have participated if … [Read more...]

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 clean house.I've never celebrated the Deipnon before. I'm giving it a shot today, and my roommates are rather serendipitously on board, as they have guests arriving tomorrow, and … [Read more...]

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 dreams were very personal, but one dream I allowed myself to dream was a really beautiful dream involving our community. I was going to keep it to myself, but I think maybe other people … [Read more...]

Spring Song

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

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 necessities be for Pagans?In the concentration camps some Jews would risk their lives by hoarding just a little food during the week so they could have a Sabbath feast. Even … [Read more...]

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 at PantheaCon, I realized it boiled down to a single issue: freedom of religion.If you deeply believe in menses magic, in celebrating and honoring the womb, … [Read more...]


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