On Nature, Human Ugliness and the Problem of Evil

Anne Frank, school photo.

This world is so beautiful. And yet, in spite of that, we humans manage to bring so much ugliness into it. [Read more...]

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How to Have a Perfect Yule

Yule Wreath. 2014.

Families change. Traditions evolve; we craft some that are new, and others we must lay aside. After all, that is what Yule is about: Renewal. Some things must change… but some are forever the same. [Read more...]

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Walking through Grief and Loss

Bare tree at Sunset

Grief is a skill, and one that improves with use. [Read more...]

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Grief, Death, and the Wheel of the Year

Painted Wheel of the Year

This world is beautiful. This life is glorious. It is made of summer sunlight on clear water, and the smell of fresh-cut grass and freshly-poured mead. And it is made of the turf that grows over the grave, and the tears that are shed onto it. [Read more...]

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Samhain Is My Fertility Festival

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I worship the god of the hunt, the horned one who dies and is reborn, he who takes life to feed the people, and also is the life that’s taken. His story is a Samhain story: generosity and ruthlessness, and humility and strength, and lust. Life, right in the face of death. [Read more...]

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Altruism, Becoming the Crone, and the Grandmother Effect

Suriya Donavanik. 2010.

I’ve been working on my Crone’s Wings, and I’m here to tell you: menopause is a nuisance. But it’s worth it, because I know that this misery is what has given the human race its weirdly long lifespan. [Read more...]

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The What They Did, Not the What They Are Conversation

Joe Belmont. Summer Solstice Parade and Pageant, Seattle, 2009

Yes, Black Lives > White Tears. But it’s hard to learn when you’re in tears, and white allies in the racial justice movement especially have more business calling one another in than calling one another out. [Read more...]

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Why Racism is Paganism’s Business

Egyptian goddess Nut.

I am bothered by the idea that racism is a social ill that’s somehow outside of the legitimate concerns of Pagans–of white Pagans, anyway. We don’t get to be a religion of immanent spirit without caring very much about what happens in the world. [Read more...]

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My Gods Don’t Like Racism

Cernunnos.  Jeroen van Valkenburg, 1999.

It has been my experience that above all else, Herne is a god of truth, of facing and living up to truth. There he stood, my lovely, wild god, wearing a form I’d seen in photographs: that of a young black man, box braids halfway down his back, facing down a phalanx of riot police, his hands and head held high. Defiant surrender. Courageous witness to truth. That’s him. That’s my god, my Herne. [Read more...]

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On Prayer: An Online Shrine to the Victims of Racism

Memorial Candle. Cat Bishop, 2015.

I’m writing these words less than a week after yet another unarmed black man, 50 year old Walter Scott, was killed by a white police officer. The bottom line for me is just this basic: I have friends who are suffering. And I can’t help. I have nothing to offer; there is nothing I can do. Except: I can pray. [Read more...]

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