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Imagining Other Possible Worlds
Science fiction, particularly the writings of Ursula le Guin, explores hypothetical alternative...
You say you want a revolution? (Review)
The exhibition tells the story of social change in the sixties through...
A Meditation: The Trees and the Forest
A Meditation: The Trees and the Forest
"But I'm not racist"
Sure, not everyone who voted for Trump or for Brexit was a...
The safety pin: a reminder to resist bigotry
If you see someone being attacked (whether physically or verbally), don’t stay...
Colours of Paganism
The symbolism and mythology of colours in various Pagan traditions.
Why Black Lives Matter (Too) - A Book...
Black Lives Matter (Too) critiques racial injustice in the United States in...
Hospitality for the Stranger
Both hospitality and reciprocity are Pagan virtues and have been since ancient...
A Tale of Two Britains
It ought to be obvious to anyone that Tory-imposed austerity is responsible...
Pagan Ritual for Pulse, Orlando
After the Orlando shooting, a small group of LGBTQIA Pagans came together...
On Being European and Scottish
The North Sea has always connected people far more than it divided...
Externalising/Internalising: Talking About The Pain
I am very concerned that now straight society may take even less...
Litany for Orlando
Once again, I call for stronger and deeper love in the face...
Let's Talk About Gender
Gender is a difficult concept. I literally have no idea why some...
Hex The System, Bind The Perpetrator
If a man assumes he is entitled to physical contact (sexual or...
Why I am a Wiccan (video)
What is Wicca? Why I am a Wiccan. Video of an address...
Heresy is Good
Heresy means choosing a path. Isn't that what Paganism is meant to...
Books for Kids
So, you want to share your Pagan world-view and values with your...
The Sacred Fool
Humour skewers the powerful and the pompous, pricking their bubble of self-importance....
The Moon and the Sea
I have always had a bit of a thing about the Moon,...
Finding a Compromise: Keeping Places
Respect For the Dead In any discussion of what to do with...
Respect, Memory, and Human Remains
In 2008, I founded a group, Pagans for Archaeology. I did that...
You'll Never Walk Alone
I congratulate the Hillsborough families for their victory. Justice at last. The...
Plain Speaking on Polytheism
It's good to have descriptions of what a word means, so that...
May Morning in Oxford
May Day is coming. This year, May Day falls on a Sunday,...
Happy Earth Day
I am delighted to see that EarthDay is trending on Twitter. That...
The Brewery of the Gods!
It is well known from the lore that the gods actually have...
Cultural Appropriation has nothing to do with “race”
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Making Meaning at the Movies
Has Hollywood Become Our National Conscience? Many 21st-century movies—both animated children’s films...
If You Have A Racist Friend
So you have a racist, sexist, homophobic, white supremacist friend. Your racist...
Why We Need Black History Month
Every so often, some ill-informed person opines that we don't need Black...
The Celts at the British Museum
Last weekend, I saw the Gundestrup Cauldron. It was an amazing, powerful,...
Pagan and Pantheist Tendencies in Unitarianism
Many people think that the Pagan or Earth Spirit element in Unitarianism...
Not In My Name
I wrote this poem in 2003 in response to the Iraq war....
Combinations of Difficult Questions #PinkOut
What if a woman’s voice is the tree falling in the forest?...
Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore...
Alan Moore has profoundly influenced the direction of both mainstream and literary...
Madness, Shamanism, and Wicca
The history of madness is long, convoluted, and fascinating. Different theories and...
Welcoming the stranger and the refugee
Homer’s Odyssey recounts the correct way to welcome a stranger who has...
Paganism for Beginners: Social Structures
The fact that people can own land, that property is deemed more...
Agreeing To Disagree
Arguments make some people uncomfortable. It is true that conflict can be...
Spiritual Healing: Run Toward Your Fear (A Book...
I’m not quite like Reba; I left Christianity gently with no hard...
Creating a consent culture
Consent culture is the view that everyone has the right to enjoyable...
Walking While Black: A Song
Eric was walking down the street Walking while Black, held his head...
Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance
I agree with and support the Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance,...
Why is Hate More Newsworthy Than Love?
Although a majority of people of faith support same-sex marriage and inclusivity,...
Many deities, one beloved
It is possible to be a monogamous polytheist, or a polyamorous monotheist....
Message of love for the Ásatrúarfélag
Dear Icelandic Pagan Association, I stand with you in your efforts to be...
7 things I wish people knew about Wicca
1. That Wiccan theology is diverse This one applies equally to Wiccans,...
Pagans and politics
What is the relationship between Paganism(s) and politics? Some have argued that...
Marriage equality: All you need is love... or...
I am immensely heartened by the legalisation of same-sex marriage across the...
A Pagan perspective on the Bible
The Bible has inspired people to rise up against their oppressors and...
Reasons for addressing God as Mother
There has been quite a bit of hoo-hah recently as some Anglican...
"No One Understands About Black"
Light without dark is the intolerable bright glare of torture and interrogation....
The Need for Story, Witness, Truth
What if we focused on healing the harm on every side, rather...
A bubble of complacency
One of the things that enables me to function more-or-less effectively is...
We must turn away from seeing only things And learn to see...
Terry Pratchett: an accidental Pagan theologian
As far as I know, he is the only writer to speculate...
Making Meaning After the Death of Tony Terrell...
Artists make meaning. It's our job. Right now, my city has a...
Je ne suis pas Charlie, because it is...
The relationship between Islam and the West is complex and multi-faceted, and...
This is my home, the country where my...
Internationalism and global consciousness is a great thing, and clearly a great...
Combative Comments Interfere with Readers' Critical Thinking
A recent study suggests that allowing readers to be exposed to combative...
Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games
What is consent culture, and how do we build it? Here are...
Silence equals complicity: making Pagan groups safe for...
We are supposed to be a community that values women, that believes...
Now the green blade rises: a Pagan perspective...
You can enjoy Easter on a mythical and mystical level. There’s no...
Vampires and Addicts
Are vampires a metaphor for the way we are drinking other species,...
Old magic versus new magic
Recently I received an enquiry from a seeker in Eastern Europe, where...
The struggle is not over yet
I am delighted that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can now...
Visualisation, meditation, and pathworking
Often people use the terms visualisation, meditation and pathworking interchangeably, but they...
When knowledge was power
Ritual often seems like an activity designed only for interaction with the...
Today in Boston
Like everyone else in Boston, I am wholly distracted by the manhunt...
Dowsing for Divinity is moving to dowsingfordivinity.wordpress.com. I would like to thank Jason...
Review of Queer Paganism by Jo Green
This book would definitely be of interest to queer Pagans and open-minded...
A Pagan Requiem
I have been thinking for a while that we need more liturgical...
New Book Coming Soon!
Inner work is a name commonly given to the inner processes that...
Erotic Religion: The Body and Sex for Wiccans...
For Wiccans, witches, and many other Pagans, the sexual body is a...
Misconceptions about cultural appropriation
Frequently, people assume that talk of cultural appropriation means that no-one can...
Fraud, and why it matters
A fraud is someone who deliberately and knowingly seeks to deceive others....
Binary Thinking and Dealing with Abuse
The biggest problem with this binary view of 100% good people &...
"Good" people do bad things: statement on the...
This is why we need the Pagan and Heathen Symposium Code of...
Creating Meaningful Public Ritual
We have all been to rituals that fell flat, or didn't work...
A culture, and a religion, is a massively complex system of interlocking...
Paganism and the Body Class Sneak Peek
This Fall I'm offering Paganism and the Body, a 14-week graduate-level online...
One of the things I really like about polytheism is its inherent...
Poem on a Birthday
All the myths and stories tell us the gift exists to be...
After Orlando: "Stay Proud, Stay Visible"
All around the world, vigils have have taken place in memory of...
Grace is the Time, is the Place, is...
Grace is related to renewal and a sense of being right with...
We Are Rising
The Queer Ones are rising. We are rising out of the woods,...
City of Refuge, by Starhawk (Book Review)
CITY OF REFUGE is refreshingly humble. Although it portrays earth-based spirituality, permaculture,...
What Does An Inclusive Coven Look Like?
Inclusive Wicca is about being inclusive towards everyone, regardless of sexuality, ethnicity,...
Creative Endarkenment: the Need to Ground and Shield
Creativity is by its nature radical. Grounding and shielding helps us protect...
Metaphors for Religion
There are many different metaphors floating about for religions, and each one...
Cultural Appropriation and Racism
In my last post on cultural appropriation (Cultural Appropriation has nothing to...
Creative Endarkenment: The Need to Slow
One cannot seek endarkenment with the clock ticking or the timer going...
On Poetry: A Conversation
Sarah Sadie and I decided to write a different kind of blogpost...
How to Become a Naturalist
Pagans often say that we want to get in touch with Nature....
The way things have been going lately, anyone would think that Eris...
Polytheism and Apple Pie
John Beckett has a witty and amusing post up about apple pie,...
Creative Endarkenment: Embracing Silence
Brainstorming, workshopping, sharing and publishing are all good and necessary parts of...
Are Polytheists an Endangered Species?
Why polytheism is the default setting to which religion will always gravitate.
Creative Endarkenment: Downward to Darkness
There comes a time when we feel the tug in our gut,...
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