Quick Note: The Unexplainable in a Secular Context

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Boing Boing points to a fascinating essay by author Ken MacLeod in Aeon Magazine about moments of ego transcendence and "ineffable encounters" that he's experienced over the years, and how he experienced them completely outside a spiritual or religious container."I was on my own, exploring the banks of a river that ran along a broad, deep gully. I wasn’t far from human habitation but I don’t remember any sound except the river on the stones, dripping moss and humming insects. The sun was hi … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

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There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.The Somerset Guardian reports on a Clutton History Society meeting, featuring a talk from historian Ronald Hutton, author of "The Triumph of the Moon:A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft." Quote: "After the summer break Clutton History Society resumed its monthly programme of … [Read more...]

Pagan Publisher Peter Paddon Suffers Serious Heart Attack

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Word has come to us that Peter Paddon, author of "A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk," and founder of Pendraig Publishing, suffered a serious heart attack on Monday. Here's the official press release sent to me by a member of his tradition:"Well known Pagan publisher, podcaster, teacher and Cunningman Peter Paddon suffered a serious heart attack on Monday. He was admitted to a local hospital in Los Angeles and underwent a successful surgical procedure but is still in critical condition in t … [Read more...]

Checking in on the Cascadian Nones Vote

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Back in June I wrote about how a initiative in Washington state on the issue of same-sex marriage could see the first real test of a post-Christian majority at the ballot box. More than half of Washington's citizens don't belong to any formal religion, becoming part of the demographic known as "nones," and these "unchurched" have increasingly gotten more and more attention as their numbers swell. In addition, nones in the Pacific Northwest have their own special character according to the … [Read more...]


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