Pagans and politics

The Pnyx, where the Athenian parliament met. “Pnyx-berg2“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

What is the relationship between Paganism(s) and politics? Some have argued that Paganism is not political. Some have criticised the political style and presentation of the emerging polytheist movement. Some are uncomfortable with the politics around consent culture, racism, gender, and sexuality in Paganism and polytheism. [Read more...]

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A bubble of complacency

Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre

One of the things that enables me to function more-or-less effectively is the notion that bad things won’t happen to me. I call this “the bubble of complacency”. The bubble is a sense that all is well, life is generally benevolent, and other people do not actively wish one harm, and that the arc of [Read More...]

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A lament

Mourner, thought to represent the goddess Isis mourning Osiris

We must turn away from seeing only things
And learn to see the sacred in everything
We must rise up against the oppressors
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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...]

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Vampires and Addicts

vampires-are-us

Are vampires a metaphor for the way we are drinking other species, the land, and each other dry? Margot Adler’s new book considers the wild popularity of vampires in media and suggests that, in the twenty-first century, the vampires are us. [Read more...]

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Eco-spirituality in practice

Sacred Landscape 4 by Sue Wookey

Eco-spirituality involves relating to your environment. It is a non-violent spirituality and spiritual activism. One form of it is known as deep ecology. It also involves being sustainable, and working with Nature, not against it. [Read more...]

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