From An Equinox Guest

I silently embraced that sweet, warm sense of calm and profound peace. I had joyously accepted the possibility of dying while protecting my Pagan friends from self-righteous religious bigotry. [Read more…]

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The Spirit of the Season

Midwinter celebrations have been a part of human life for thousands of years, well back into pre-history. The ability to hold multiple meanings for our seasonal celebrations is not a finite thing where my celebration takes away from another. Our ability to find spiritually meaningful ways to mark the winter holidays is infinite. [Read more…]

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Hatred is the Poison of the Soul

“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.” By Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller, 1955 This month I find myself trapped between the events of 9/11 and a Samhain that seems more and more filled with the angry voices of both the living and the dead. Perhaps that is why [Read More…]

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Commonality of Humanity

It’s amazing sometimes to sit with a retired minister of (choose your abrahamic faith). All these years I was under the impression that they had their act together – that they had all the answers and knew what life was all about. My eyebrows are raised in stock shock to recognize the complete opposite. I [Read More…]

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Religious Shop Talk

Social media is such a wondrous tool.  I graduated from an Evangelical Lutheran high school, and so I still have a number of very conservative Christians on my friend’s list.  This past week, I was able to have a discussion with a friend I haven’t seen in years, who is a student of theology and [Read More…]

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What do Gerald Gardner and Mary Baker Eddy have in common?

While females still vastly outnumber males and those outside the gender binary are very small in number, it seems to me that there are more priests than there used to be. I would love to see a good balance of priests and priestesses as Paganisms grow, but are we going to move from a vastly woman-led movement to established male-dominated religions? [Read more…]

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Of Turbans and Tribes

Zinging around the Pagan blogosphere these days I find an extraordinary amount of navel-gazing going on. Are we polytheist or monotheist or agnostic? Are we a community? Do we have a theology and if so, what is it? Who are our elders and who should listen to them? Is belief naive? Is practice incomplete without belief? How do we define ourselves, or is that even necessary? [Read more…]

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