Missing PantheaCon and a Ritual of Exclusion

I just don't feel comfortable sharing sacred space with blue mugs.

The only thing worse than not attending an awesome event, is seeing all the posts from everyone who is attending on social media.PantheaCon is awesome. It's like a big diversity fair showcasing the full spectrum of the Pagan community. There are really fantastic classes, presentations, rituals, music and people.While I can't make it this year, I do look forward to attending next year, and seeing all the amazing people that I only run into on the West Coast.This year I know a lot of … [Read more...]

By the Hair On My Chinny, Chin, Chin

If I had 100X more chin hair I would do this, only in pink and black. Click the pic to read an article about a disturbing beard trend.

Like many women, I have wild hairs that grow on my chin. Amidst the barely visible down that adorns every woman's chin, I have random stiff hairs, standing dark and proud. Staunch, rugged individuals among the insubstantial fluff. Rebels.I tend to keep these hairs plucked and my chin tidily feminine, but a week of wrangling boxes and furniture left my boar bristles free reign. My chin looked decidedly mangy this morning as I lucked each pioneer, each thick outpost, from my face.On … [Read more...]

Desiring a Sanctified Home

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Word is Drew Barrymore is converting to Judaism. Remember last year when Julia Roberts converted to Hinduism? I'm conflicted about people who convert for marriage, but I understand the reasons why.Last night I was on a podcast run by Lamyka called the Pagan Women's Podcast. About once a month she ropes various Pagan women into talking about subjects of interest to us. This time the episode was about Hellenic polytheism, and Lamyka and I grilled Cara Schulz on her practice.The thing that … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Component of Autism

The response to my last post on autism and Asperger's really overwhelmed me. I didn't expect to get such a positive response. I was literally bracing myself for the worst. The post seemed to touch a lot of people, particularly women who believe they may be on the spectrum. Just being able to make one person feel less alone made that post worth publishing.I've been thinking about the connection between autism and spirituality. The first and most obvious connection is that religion and … [Read more...]

Magic Works

I'm not a "woo-woo" Pagan. When someone tells me they can chat with their cat on the astral plane, I may be nodding politely while actually thinking they need a mental health check up. People who resort to magic for every little thing annoy me, and I secretly think that sometimes magic is just an excuse to shop. Metaphysical stores smell good and are full of pretties. I get that.I have no interest in books of spells, in talking about candle magic or joining any of those "Spell-A-Day" e-mail … [Read more...]

All Acts of Love

Civil rights is the defining issue of our age. My grandparents were born into a generation that for the first time had never lived in a country where women could not vote. Growing up in Atlanta in the 50's and 60's, racial equality shaped my parents worldview. My generation is fighting for civil rights still: the right to marry and the right to practice our faith.In my lifetime the Helms Amendment has died, the pentacle has appeared on the gravestones of the fallen in Arlington cemetery, … [Read more...]

Pagan Soup: Sacred Paths Center, Camelot, Occult Experts and Egocentric Ritual

Sacred Paths Center in Financial StraitsNels Linde at PNC-Minnesota reports the popular community center in Paganistan is in danger of closing it's doors. SPC put this statement on their website: Sacred Paths Center, the Spiritual/Pagan Center, open to all, first of its kind in the United States, is broke.“What, AGAIN?”Yes.“Now why?”Simple: lack of YOUR support. This message will reach thousands and thousands, but how many of you will care enough to do anything? Camelot Mini-Ra … [Read more...]

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...]

Wyrd Designs – Cleanliness and Garb at Rituals

Heathens are a varied bunch, with varying opinions and interpretations on a number of issues, like with any religion. Among the items debated sometimes (and seemingly ad nauseum at times) is whether one should wear period garb or not. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Scott Reimers’ Separate but Equal is a Lie

There was recently a large conversation regarding people being turned away from rituals at Pantheacon due to gender.  As a man who was ineligible for 3 different women only rituals, my only complaint was the lack of clarity regarding requisites for attendance.I intuited that the specific ritual Thorn mentioned in Duality and Diversity: Gender at Pantheacon was women only.   You rarely see AMAZONS hold a Skyclad, "ecstatic, undulating, life-affirming ritual in honor of Lilith"... and as … [Read more...]


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