The boy who was afraid of his own shadow

Boy on pine stairs by Leon Brooks

Tim was a boy who was afraid of his own shadow. It followed him around all the time, and it never said anything. It grew bigger and smaller seemingly at random. Sometimes Tim shouted “GO AWAY!” but it still clung tenaciously to his feet. [Read more...]

A tangled web

A reintroduced northwestern wolf in Yellowstone National Park

Whenever I confront my personal ethical choices around sustainability and ecology, I realise that everything depends on everything else. One choice may be more sustainable than another, but it may have other deleterious effects. You fix one part of the ecosystem, another gets broken. You try to fix poverty by donating clothes to charity shops (thrift stores) and then discover you have undermined small-scale indigenous clothing manufacture. You buy fair trade goods and then discover that they have been shipped over vast distances. [Read more...]

How to do interfaith dialogue

Selena Fox (Pagan) and George Hinger (Catholic)

Interfaih dialogue works best when the two groups in dialogue are willing to learn, respect, and listen. Religions are complicated and are situated in their particular cultural context; assumptions and over-simplifications are dangerous. [Read more...]

Pagan leadership

Anari

The best Pagan leaders are those who listen – both to the promptings of spirit, and to their group members. A Pagan leader should not regard their community as serving them, but feel that they are serving the community (which includes other-than-human beings). In return, the community should value those who serve. [Read more...]

Lammas

A Hereford Lantern corn dolly

It is surprisingly hard to design rituals for large numbers of people that can involve everyone in the ritual. Some of my more successful attempts at creating ritual involving large numbers of active participants have happened at Lammas. [Read more...]

Be the change you want to see in the world

Ancient monoliths in Mawphlang sacred grove, India

As a queer and polytheist Wiccan, some of the changes I would like to see in the world are less heterocentric behaviour in Wicca, and less heterocentrism generally; equal rights for everyone; more respect for the environment; the re-enchantment of the world; and more appreciation of diverse perspectives. [Read more...]

Now the green blade rises: a Pagan perspective on Easter

Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field (1889)

You can enjoy Easter on a mythical and mystical level. There’s no need to take it literally to enjoy the unfolding drama of the Mystery. We can witness the many stories of death and resurrection, and experience transformation ourselves, like participants in a mystery tradition. [Read more...]


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