Swastikas and the Stars and Bars as Symbols

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    ( This column recapitulates the basic points about the swastika and Confederate flag made in my most recent Witches & Pagans piece, but with a different focus, some different information,  and a complementary but distinct conclusion. )_______After the Charleston murders right wing media and politicians attempted to seize control of its interpretation. In response I wrote moral revulsion was the ultimate corrective to the totalitarian mindset. It and not intellectual ar … [Read more...]

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Probing the Depths of the Charleston Murders: a Pagan perspective

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The racist terrorism that killed so many in Charleston this past Wednesday was followed almost immediately by the extraordinary efforts of leading American ‘conservatives’’ to redefine what had just so clearly happened. As they did, they revealed the inner soul of their movement and, as I hope to show, demonstrate how people can ultimately degenerate into defenders of evil in the name of virtue.The shooting had barely ended before FOX News was suggesting the crimes reflected a “war on Christi … [Read more...]

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Caitlin Jenner, the Duggars, and Us

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Caitlin Jenner and the ‘Quiverfull’ of Duggars are perfect symbols for the profound cultural changes tearing this country apart. In their very different ways they represent an epochal shift from a culture predicated on firm, inviolable and hierarchical boundaries, a culture that no longer fits the world we live in, to the birth of one where national, racial, sexual, religious, economic, and ecological boundaries are increasingly open and ill defined and hierarchies relatively flat. The Duggars re … [Read more...]

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If Thought Forms Exist, What Can We Do About Them?

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I have tried to make the case that ideas are more important than we usually acknowledge. They are more than just fleeting flights of subjectivity that pass through our minds and are gone.  Thought forms are ideas on steroids.They are also our creations, though I suspect they have other sources as well.Thought forms are dependent on the people who generate the mental energy empowering them.  Good or bad, they are expressions of human creativity. Take away our energy and focus, and they w … [Read more...]

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Thought Forms and the American Crisis: Esoteric Insights

Gus diZerega

If Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker can become thought forms able to influence a sensitive medium, human history becomes a great deal more complicated.The idea of a thought form holds that we create and empower psychic energy by molding it through disciplined focused attention.  The literary thought form concept suggests something similar can arise from less disciplined, less focused attention by many people over a prolonged period.  This would be particularly likely if the center of focus c … [Read more...]

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Looking Back on the Election: A Pagan Perspective

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Editor's note: To give Gus more posting flexibility, we've moved Pointedly Pagan to a new format! Please update your RSS feeds, or subscribe via e-mail (link on the right-hand sidebar). And now, here's Gus...Having enthusiastically urged Pagans to vote a straight Democratic ticket in every case where Republicans were competitive, it is fitting I describe how I think the election's outcome affects our community. I think it will be profoundly for the good.My book on the culture war and … [Read more...]

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