Interviews of Pagan Studies Scholars; Animism and Radical Individualism

PGPT_mound

Commentary on an interview with Pagan scholar and editor Chas Clifton; in a Scarlet Imprint blog, a turn toward animism and away from radical individualism. [Read more...]

Eros and Psyche

L'Amour_et_Psyché_(Picot)

Spirituality and sexuality are intertwined. The most profound sexual experiences involve an abandonment of the centrality of the ego and opening up to the beloved other, and this can become an opening up to the Divine Beloved. [Read more...]

Change

Autumn foliage splendor in the Green Mountain National Forest

My favourite times of year are the transitional seasons of spring and autumn, when everything is changing rapidly. In spring there are new blossoms and leaves emerging; in autumn, the leaves are blown away in the wind, and the smell of bonfires symbolises the transformation of decay into the bright energy of fire. [Read more...]

After the Longest Night

Rising Sun over National Park

The world didn’t end yesterday: at least, not in a different way than it usually does. But the winter solstice always offers opportunities for reflection on the year that’s passing away, and a reorientation to the future — at least, if we don’t let the hustle and bustle of secular holiday culture overwhelm us. [Read more...]

A gift for a gift: a Pagan ethic of reciprocity

Odysseus Homecoming

The exchange of gifts is a way of establishing relationship. In gift economies, gifts are given without any formal agreement as to when the favour will be returned; however, the ethic of reciprocity is so strong that the gift creates an obligation to return the gift or favour, and in this way, an ongoing relationship is created. [Read more...]

A Community of Scholars

Cherry Hill Seminary

There’s a myth that scholars work alone, but in reality, the best scholarship is collaborative. [Read more...]

A patchwork of ideas: introducing myself

Yvonne Aburrow

I have been a Pagan since 1985, when I realised that there is no external deity outside the universe, controlling it – how could there be when there was so much wrong with the world?I have been a Pagan since 1985, when I realised that there is no external deity outside the universe, controlling it – how could there be when there was so much wrong with the world? I decided that sexuality and the body are sacred. I realised that Nature is full of divinity. And I realised that if the world is going to get any better, it’s up to us to roll up our sleeves and do the work ourselves, not wait for some deity or deities to do it for us. I realised that Nature is full of divinity. And I realised that if the world is going to get any better, it’s up to us to roll up our sleeves and do the work ourselves, not wait for some deity or deities to do it for us. [Read more...]


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