Blue Beltane

A woman alone on a swing

With about ten days to go before Beltane, I find my thoughts turning wistful and sad, because my beloved will not be here to celebrate with me. I love Beltane and its energy and joy, I think it is very fitting to have a festival of sexual love and erotic joy at this time of year, but this year (not for the first time), I find myself outside looking in at the bubble of happiness. [Read more...]

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Re-Imagining the Hero’s Journey

mama owl

Not everyone wants to be king. Not everyone wants to end up married and live happily ever after. Let’s diversify the Journey. [Read more...]

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Tradition and change

Image by JOAT, courtesy of Shutterstock

What is a tradition? What is the function of tradition? What are valid criteria for modifying or abolishing a traditional practice, and when should it be retained unchanged? Traditional practices help to reinforce group identity, which is why they are so powerful, and why so many people resist changing them. [Read more...]

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Move over Easter Bunny, here comes the Easter Fox

Fox sitting in a meadow

I do think that pagans, of all people, have an ethical obligation to respect the historicity of the stories they tell, especially when they are telling them to one another. I think we have to do more than pay lip service to such things as lore, tradition, and ‘old ways’. That means recognising the boundaries of our knowledge. It’s no shame to say ‘We do not know what the absolute truth of this matter is’. Stories can emerge from the shadows. Where there’s doubt, there’s room to breathe. [Read more...]

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Solar eclipse

"The Partial Eclipse" by Thephatphilmz - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Light. We all depend on light.
Sunlight to grow our food,
Sunlight to warm our bodies,
A lamp to read by,
Candles for ritual,
A fire for comfort,
Moonlight and starlight for dreams and visions. [Read more...]

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Terry Pratchett: an accidental Pagan theologian

My collection of Pratchett books

As far as I know, he is the only writer to speculate on how deities come into being, first as particles of energy, then accumulating more energy from the minds of worshippers (in the book Small Gods). He was the inventor of the wonderful idea of the Dark Morris (the slow and silent dance that must be danced in the depths of the forest in order to make the wheel of the year turn again towards summer). [Read more...]

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Making Meaning After the Death of Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.

Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.

Artists make meaning. It’s our job. Right now, my city has a chance to make meaning together, as a community, by working towards real, meaningful and lasting change. I may be Poet Laureate of this city (one of them)…but it isn’t my voice that needs to be heard at this moment. It is the voices of those in our community directly affected and those who experience racism and injustice personally, on a daily basis. [Read more...]

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