Just Like The Christians: An Interview with the Emperor Julian

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[In the midst of a large Pagan convention a time machine appears and within it stands Julian the Philosopher, the last pagan emperor of the Roman Empire. Equipped with a babelfish he begins conversing with with the convention organizers, who are a bit miffed he landed in the midst of the reiki workshop. Quickly they realize they have a unique opportunity, install him in front of a podium in an auditorium for modern Pagans to ask him questions.] So what was paganism like back in your time?In … [Read more...]

Christians Acting Like Christians: Dissecting Tim Dalrymple’s Comments on Paganism

Tim Dalrymple, who sometimes hangs with publicans and Pagans.

Tim Dalrymple is a good guy. If I were in the midst of paintball battle or organizing an interfaith event, I could do much worse than having Tim on my team. However, Tim is an evangelical Christian, and acts like one. His opinions and arguments are formed by Evangelical Christianity, and it also informs his actions. Which means in certain contexts, Tim is predictable. As am I. In a debate on same-sex marriage you could probably represent Tim and I with puppets repeating the "party line" of our … [Read more...]

Reducing Stress, Increasing Joy: The Stoicism of Epictetus

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I am in a new state, in a strange part of the country, with three suitcases and a backpack. I don't have a lot of money, and all of my options seem confusing. Yesterday was a rough day, and today is shaping up to be more of the same. I am a weepy, worrying mess today.So what do you do? Where do you turn? As a Pagan who is facing an adventure fraught with both excitement and fear? I turn to my faith. To my gods. To fate, destiny, synchronicity and magical coincidence. I wrote awhile back that … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Believe In Forgiveness

William Blake: "To annihilate the Self-hood of Deceit and False Forgiveness"

[I wasn't going to publish this since I thought it was inappropriate. But I'm being thrown out today despite making arrangements to move out well before the original deadline. So screw appropriateness.]I've stated before that I don't believe in the Christian notion of forgiveness. That is not to say that I don't believe in forgiveness at all, but that I find this Western concept of it as articulated by Christianity, which is pervasive even in Pagan culture, to be immoral and wrong. Somewhere … [Read more...]

Fresh Snark: Spreading Some Love (and Hate) on Polyamory: Married & Dating’s Episode 6

Jen is literally the only reason watching scenes with the quad is bearable. Maybe because her reaction is in tune with the reaction of the audience so often.

With a large mug of coffee and plenty of coughing and sniffling, I steeled myself to watch episode 6 of Showtime's Polyamory: Married & Dating. I was genuinely expecting to hate it as much as episode 5. I didn't. So today we have snarky bullet points with what I hated, followed by what I loved, and then some thoughtful analysis. If you are one of the people who really hated my review, go read this instead. Jessica Karels writes really thoughtful reviews. Unlike mine.Throwing Some … [Read more...]

Pagans and Family

Maybe none of these people are related. Maybe this is two gay dads taking their kids to visit their poly triad grandparents.

I am mostly alive today. I've spent days busy dying: coughing, sleeping, shivering and feeling like warmed up dog poo. I've missed the anniversary of the WM3 being freed, I've missed a bit of drama I'm sure, and I still haven't watched that stupid polyamory show again. I know I said I would, but when you feel like complete crap you just can't deal with watching it too.  So go watch Terisa Greenan's Family and trust some snark (and thoughtful analysis) are eventually coming your way.Even … [Read more...]

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...]

Rotten Apples: A Sad Rant on the State of Pagan Community

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I decided to defrost a chest freezer by myself, which resulted in a pulled back muscle, which resulted in the inflammation from the injured muscle aggravating my sciatica. All of which means I am cussing like a sailor and mostly stuck in bed until the inflammation goes down. But even without this injury I think I'd still be irritated as hell today.I want to know when Paganism is going to grow up. Because it's really tempting to check out for a few years and come back when it's reached … [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...]

Counting Your First Fruits, Or What To Do With Spiritual Zucchini?

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Lammas, the festival of the loaf. The festival of first fruits. Of tomatoes and cucumbers and other things that go nicely on sandwiches.I've been spending some time considering what my own first fruits are this year. I have found some good things. I have some stability. Not much, but a little. That makes a big difference. I have found some peace. I am more at peace with who I am than ever before. I have never felt so glorious in my own skin before. When it comes to self-respect and … [Read more...]


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