A “Legitimate” Paganism Experiment: What Do You Spiritually Need?

I need some of this, jazz trumpets included.

BT Newberg referenced the concept of Pagans trying to legitimize themselves "in the eyes of the mainstream."  Aside from the other interesting concepts in his post, including a naturalist/hard polytheist dichotomy, I found that an odd idea. I suppose to some degree it may be true, as the Facebook poll I created shows, but it seems to me we spend far more time trying to legitimize ourselves to each other, or knocking down rampant stupidity (such as the idea we are simply lazy … [Read more...]

Paying the Price

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"If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price." - Rudyard Kipling If you follow Patheos Pagan on Google+, Facebook or Twitter you know that I generally post some Pagan music and a quote each day. Sometimes it's merely Pagan-ish. I needed some unapologetic rock this morning, and the best I could drum up was Jethro Tull. We really need a Pagan equivalent to Green Day or Aerosmith. As for the quote, I'm peckish … [Read more...]

Why Polytheism Is Vital To Paganism

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Not all of us are polytheists. I get that. I've just spent a week watching Grey's Anatomy marathon fashion, and I've thought very little about Paganism. When I did think about it, I thought about the things that annoyed me. Then I reminded myself I was on vacation and put it out of my mind. All things end, and so has my "vacation." I'm not certain you can call it a vacation if you still make time to work everyday, but that seems to be the modern thing, to remain half at work when lounging on a … [Read more...]

Life Moves Pretty Fast: Learning to Love the Law

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Having a crisis of faith on top of a Saturn's return is a weird thing. The whole purpose of a Saturn's return is to shake your foundations until all the rotten pillars come loose. It's very unpleasant. Part of the process involves you clinging to those rotten pillars as if it were a matter of life and death. You, of course, don't realize that they don't fit your life or feed your soul. It's simply how you expect things to be. And when it … [Read more...]

Are You Getting What You Need? (A Letter to My Readers)

I got a letter of encouragement from a reader regarding my crisis of faith. It was a nice letter, and I have been touched by everyone who has reached out privately and shared their story with me. In responding, I got carried away with the words. That happens to me from time to time. So even though I wrote this to one specific person, I feel a bit like I wrote it to all of my readers. So I'm sharing it with you now.  Good morning _____!Thank you so much for this note of … [Read more...]

Polytheists, Neo-Pagans, and Other Religious Critters

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The least offensive thing on television as I sit down to write, my belly full of my roommates cat-head biscuits and sausage gravy, is The Song of Bernadette. So of course I'm listening to Jennifer Warnes singing Song for Bernadette. Maybe the song and film will bring me some kindness as I write today's post, which is a topic that can too quickly become harsh and unkind.I spend a significant number of my waking hours considering the Pagan community, it's limitless diversity, identifying … [Read more...]

Don’t Rubber Duckie My Religion

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Watching the Oscars on your birthday is the worst thing you can do. You are sitting there in your yoga pants eating chocolate when it occurs to you that you are roughly the same age as Natalie Portman, and you feel like a slacker loser because you haven't made a film based upon the work of Alan Moore. Bad birthday television.I love the Oscars, especially when Billy Crystal hosts. I like the glam, the gossip and the suspense. I marveled at how skeletal Angelina Jolie looked, at the trend to … [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...]


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