Eating God: Considering Eucharistic Ritual

A scene familiar to both Christians and Pagans.

It's not unusual to see Pagans joking about the "cannibalism" of the Christian eucharist. While the concept of transubstantiation is unique to Christian worship, eucharistic ritual is not. What do you think those ancient sacrifices were about? Why do you think women baked cakes for the Queen of Heaven? And when the officiant blesses the cakes and ale/wine in a Wiccan ritual, isn't that a eucharistic style of worship as well?One of the most important things for a human to do in this life is … [Read more...]

Will, The Great Work, World Religions, and Other Things

Wyrd bið ful aræd. (Fate is inexorable.) This is one of my favorite phrases from Bernard Cornwell's Saxon saga, and it's grim certainty somehow fits his protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, like a glove. It seems to dovetail nicely in with Lord Summerisle's quote from The Wicker Tree: "Can fate be altered? This is a question that every religion has tried to answer, and the answer is almost certainly No."I've been thinking about a lot of big questions lately, and haven't come to any s … [Read more...]

Hospitality is the Law

Hospitality is the foundation of Paganism. Reciprocal relationships, maintaining the right order of things, Ma'at, the mos maiorum, harmony: whatever you call it, hospitality is key in nearly every Pagan religion, ancient or modern. This I believe.Down here in the South hospitality is simply called manners, and manners are a big deal in the South. While we seem to have made a virtue out of being a bitch in this day and age, it's not getting us anywhere and it's certainly out of keeping with … [Read more...]

Should Pagans Create Meaning From Scratch? Out of nothing?

I've been sneaking reading into my day, much like the old days under blankets with a flashlight. I got a copy of All Things Shining to review, which rumor has it basically recommends polytheism as the cure for modern nihilism.In the second chapter I found an idea that made me pause, and I invite you to sit with it for a moment, to consider it: "It is as if the true burden of this responsibility—the responsibility to escape from the meaninglessness and drudgery of a godless world by c … [Read more...]

Hubris, Disaster, the Gods and Schisms to Come

A couple of days ago I wrote a post on why disasters happen from a religious perspective. I got some really good feedback on it that made me rethink how I think of myself in relation to the Gods and the planet. Here are two examples of some of the excellent comments I received:Cara Schulz said: What if a god had been holding back this earthquake for hundreds of years, until now, when Japan (and the world) is more able to deal with the effects - yet didn't wait so long that the quake would … [Read more...]


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