Goodbye to Patheos Pagan Channel

This will be our last post for the Patheos Pagan channel. We’ll keep writing, and you will find us at It has been a privilege building Paganism alongside you. Read more

Facing Death/Facing Life

Our hemlock tree is dying. Seventy feet tall or more, its feathery top boughs filter the light below.  Its triple trunk, hard roots, and burnished needles dominate the yard.  It cradles the altar Peter shaped to fit its branches.  We have celebrated Lammas beneath this tree, watched its branches snare the moon, and carefully skirted the faerie ring at its feet. World Tree, Tree of Life, stubborn, strong, it shelters hundred wild creatures. Our hemlock tree is sacred.   And it… Read more

Peter on Mysticism and Facebook in a Time of Crisis

Lately I find myself very reluctant to post on Facebook about Rilke, or anything about my spiritual life. For the last couple of weeks we have been living in a fragile democracy where the president elect is appointing white supremacists as advisers. It’s scary. It demands action to protect the weak and disenfranchised among us, and it demands vigorous, loud, continuous protest. … So how can I talk about grounding our actions in the promptings of Spirit when our society is in such a moment of crisis? Read more

Peter on the Election

Defeated, he would still have made hate speech part of ordinary political discourse. When his followers admire him for “telling it like it is,” they mean he’s not pretending a respectable tolerance he doesn’t feel and not asking them to either. Read more

A Time of Retirement

What does a spiritual writer do when life spirals out of control? What do you do when your vocations are in conflict with each other? Read more

Barefoot Paganism

I’m not the only way that Pagans grow into our religion. But I am one of the ways. How has being a Pagan for so long changed who I am as a person? How does my Paganism show, in a way worth sharing with you? Read more

Peter on the Otherworld, Truth-Telling, and Racism

In the rally, we chant Black lives matter! and The killing has to stop! We must speak, or the truth will go unheard, but it is the Truth in the words that fills them with light and gives them their power. Read more

To the Pagan Community: A Love Letter

Real community crosses boundaries. Real community has ragged edges: children and parents, lovers and spouses who don’t quite fit the easy boundaries we’re tempted to draw. Read more

Where the Magic Lives

There is something different about what is physically there, and what is spiritually there, as well. Or even, what is spiritually there, and otherwise, not. Read more

Elders and the Dance

“Elder” is not a role we get to choose, however we may hunger for it. We do not choose our partners. We do not lead this dance. Read more

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