Spirituality – let the buyer beware

Sunrise with Hasidim by Nosha

Every time I have an encounter with someone who has an interest in spirituality, and also possesses power over others, I find that they want to silence my anger at injustice because it is “not spiritual” to be angry. I find myself bruised and diminished by their criticism of my way of being in the world. Any engagement with the intellectual or theological or historical context of an issue is also silenced by these people, because that is “not spiritual” either. [Read more...]

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Woman with the Pen: Five Moments On My Way Back to Patheos

There are many radical and beloved and ferocious warriors whose voices I treasure above my own. That doesn’t absolve me from writing my truth. [Read more...]

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Embodiment and Woundedness: Owning Up to Being an Animal

When I stepped into the waters of Lake Superior, I recognized the sensation exactly: I’ve swum here before. [Read more...]

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“That Which You Hate and Try to Destroy is Sacred”

Hiphopheartland 2013

I want every woman to insist on herself—and to be free and able to do so— whoever she is, intensely and immediately and forever and get to the work she must do in the world, without fear. [Read more...]

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Drugs: it’s all about the context

Two Crow Indians sitting on the ground smoking a peace pipe.

Drugs and other mind-altering substances have been used in a sacred context for millennia. It is only when drug use is taken out of this sacramental and communal context that it becomes a vice. If a drug is taken to alter one’s consciousness for a sacred purpose – to obtain information or abilities inaccessible to normal consciousness – then it is a rare occurrence, and for a good reason: in the service of one’s community. [Read more...]

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Lupercalia

Yvonne Aburrow

Whatever the origins and timing of Valentine’s Day, 14 February was originally the date of a very different festival – the festival of Lupercalia. This was a fertility festival honouring the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus. It also honoured Lupercus, god of shepherds. The festivities were presided over by the priesthood of the Luperci, who were dedicated to Faunus. They sacrificed two goats and a dog. There was then a sacrificial feast, and the Luperci cut thongs called februa from the skins of the animals, dressed themselves in the skins of the sacrificed goats, and ran round the walls of the old Palatine city. They struck all those who came near with the thongs. Young women would line up on their route to receive lashes from these whips. This was reputed to ensure fertility, prevent sterility, and ease the pains of childbirth. [Read more...]

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Building Pagan Intellectual Culture Face to Face

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...]

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