Building Pagan Intellectual Culture Face to Face

witch-tea-time

It is vitally important, if we want to build Pagan intellectual culture, that we know one another in a way more profound than mere words on a screen. During the month of February, consider speaking with a fellow writer or commenter face to face. [Read more...]

Ritual safety

Use candles safely

I once attended a ritual where the temple (a basement room) had a polystyrene ceiling, and there was a cauldron of burning methylated spirit, which we danced round. I was very scared when I thought about it afterwards – but I didn’t leave the ritual. If you are in an altered state, it is very difficult to make rational judgements. It is not a matter of being gullible or stupid – it is how group dynamics work. [Read more...]

Yule

Dice players at Saturnalia - wall painting in Pompeii

The winter solstice is the point in the year when the day is at its shortest. The sun rises at its furthest south, and rises in roughly the same place for three days, hence the name “solstice”, meaning “Sun stands still”. The Anglo-Saxons called the festival Yule; the Old Norse word was jól. [Read more...]

Petition to Capitalize “Pagan” – Chicago Manual / AP Stylebook Letter

PGPT_mound

In order to assure greater accuracy in 21st century journalism, 49 scholars and authors petition the AP and Chicago Stylebooks to capitalize “Pagan” and “Paganism” when speaking of the modern faiths and their adherents. [Read more...]

November Gratitude: Initiatory Communities

Seven Dancers (The Seventh Seal)

Out of all my experiences in Pagan groups, the one that has moved me the most deeply has been the practice of initiation. I am grateful beyond words for the initiatory communities who have so carefully nurtured my spiritual growth and allowed me to feel how deeply I am loved. [Read more...]

Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective – Signed Copies Available

Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective

I am pleased to announce the publication of my theology of touch, Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective: Divided for Love’s Sake, from Routledge! I hope it will be of interest to anyone studying contemporary Paganism, LGBT issues, and/or body theology. [Read more...]

Pagan sacraments

Handfasting by Gordon

A rite of passage is a ritual designed to make sacred a particular life event or transition from one stage of life to another. We might also call these rituals ‘sacraments’. Most Pagans presume that everything is already sacred, because deities are immanent in the world. Therefore, rituals of consecration are about creating extra sacredness, or reconnecting us with the deities, the community, or the natural world. [Read more...]


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