Memorial Day: Remembering Their Service

Siege of Yorktown

One of the most controversial topics I write about is support for members of our military and patriotism. Regardless, as this Memorial Day approaches here in the US, I've been thinking about what it means to me personally.I do ancestor work. One of the most profound ways I honor my ancestors is by researching their history, discovering their names, dates and origins. When I began this work I expected to find a large influx of Irish immigrants about the time of the Civil War, but so far I … [Read more...]

Pagan Values: Community at PSG

At some point over the last week I got a chance to sit and talk with one of the volunteers at Psyche's Grotto at Pagan Spirit Gathering 2011. I told them that when I first arrived at PSG last year I quickly caught the community vibe. They asked me what it was that brought the feeling of community to my attention. My answer was when I noticed that the festival was so very well organized, I caught the vibe.Let me explain. Pagans, as Jon Stewart humorously noted, are not known for organization. … [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...]

The Promise and Perils of Heathen Prison Ministry: An Interview with Gythia Jane Ruck

I have been involved with prison ministry for several years now. For many years prior to that, I’d resisted doing this type of work. It was the hard work and shining example of Heathen gythia (priest) Jane Ruck that inspired me and eventually encouraged me to move past my initial resistance. Jane’s work on behalf of incarcerated Heathens has been ground breaking and in light of the current battle between Patrick McCollum and the CA prison system, I sought Jane out and asked her a few questions ab … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Peter Dybing on Directionally Challenged Pagans

Some of us have had the experience of helping to set up a ritual site and the gentle amusement that comes with a group of directionally challenged Pagans debating witch direction is witch.  It also seems that the larger the gathering the more vocal the debate.  We, well known practitioners, unsure of the directions, each slightly embarrassed.While this situation has brought me much amusement, as a directionally challenged Pagan my self, it also serves as a great metaphor for our own Pagan p … [Read more...]


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