Being Negative Is Healthy; Or It’s Good To Be An Ass Sometimes

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Despite how often I display it, or state it outright, people keep forgetting I'm an ass. I can be kind, generous, funny, grateful, compassionate, understanding, empathetic, and comforting, but that doesn't negate the fact that I am an ass.Some people talk about shadow-work and Left Hand Path in terms almost as nauseating and cloying as the love and light crowd, so I don't describe myself as embracing the dark and negative as wholesome. I just say I can be an ass.I don't think it's … [Read more...]

Violence, Children and Women

There seems to be a theme of violence in the news this morning, and before I attempt to wrap my head around the concept of idol-worship (stay tuned!) I want to talk about violence.The first regards a local story on WSB of an investigation into child abuse because of a Santeria ritual. A daycare called the police after finding cuts on a 4-year-old girl's chest. Apparently the cross-shaped cuts are made as part of a religious ritual in order to boost the girls strength. This isn't a ritual I … [Read more...]

Pagan Values: Domestic Abuse, Rape and Rihanna’s “Man Down”

Domestic abuse survivor Rihanna has a new song about murder, which isn't news. Most genres of music are full of songs about death, murder and killing. I used to joke that parents worried about their kids should be just as concerned about violent folk music as violent rap. Yet the video for Rihanna's Man Down places the murder in the context of rape.This is what I find interesting: we don't blink an eye when a song invokes murder, but if it places the murder in the context of rape or domestic … [Read more...]

Tragedy in Arizona: Pagan Perspective on Political Violence

Like the rest of you, I'm glued to the breaking news regarding the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and several others at a public event in Arizona. I'm sad, I'm angry and I'm bewildered and I don't even know anyone in Arizona. My grief is that of an American and cannot compare to the grief of the families and friends of both the victims and the shooter. I cannot imagine what they must be going through and I'm sure the media and speculation only makes this worse for them.Most forms of Paganism … [Read more...]


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