Living Traditions

A culture, and a religion, is a massively complex system of interlocking ideas, philosophies, symbols, and practices. [Read more…]

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What Does An Inclusive Coven Look Like?

Inclusive Wicca is about being inclusive towards everyone, regardless of sexuality, ethnicity, disability, or other differences. It is not a new or separate tradition; it is a tendency within existing Wiccan traditions. [Read more…]

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Metaphors for Religion

There are many different metaphors floating about for religions, and each one illuminates something different about the nature of religion – that’s why I collect them. [Read more…]

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But What About The Tradition?

Truly traditional Pagans should regard LGBTQIA people as an integral part of society. There should be rituals for same-sex partners. Lesbian poets should be celebrated and their songs recorded for posterity. Gay lovers such as Hadrian and Antinous, or Patroclus and Achilles, or Pausanias of Athens and the poet Agathon, should be widely celebrated for their heroic love. Transgender deities such as Loki and Vertumnus should be celebrated for their changes of gender. Humans such as Tiresias should be celebrated for their exploration of the other gender. [Read more…]

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Re-Imagining the Hero’s Journey

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

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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Old magic versus new magic

Recently I received an enquiry from a seeker in Eastern Europe, where much of the traditional magical practices and folklore were wiped out under Communism. There are many seekers in the area, but not many experienced practitioners. The seeker was especially interested in older forms of magic, and asked how to tell the difference between fake and real techniques. [Read more…]

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