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November 27, 2018
The Spiritual Authority of Oracles is Dangerous but Necessary
For those of us who practice an oracular religion the messages we receive from our...
November 06, 2018
Pagans, Dominionists, the Fair Folk, and the Spiritual Battle for America
As a religion, Christian fundamentalism is demonstrably false. That doesn’t mean all spiritual acts by...
October 14, 2018
So You Want To Be A Pagan – A Guide For Pagan Newcomers
What do newcomers need to know about Paganism when they’re just starting out? That’s an...
August 19, 2018
Knowing Through Practice, Experience, and Results
The first time your spell brings results, you’re likely to dismiss it as a coincidence....
July 22, 2018
What Makes Paganism Pagan?
What is it that makes Paganism Pagan? The answer lies in all the complicated –...
June 17, 2018
Paganism Is More Than Belief
Angelo Nasios argues that Hellenism is the culture of the Greeks. Does that mean that...
April 17, 2018
Called, Not Chosen – Building an Inclusive Paganism
As powerful as my ecstatic experiences of the Gods have been, they’re not the core...
April 15, 2018
Is Unconditional Belief Required in Paganism?
Unconditional belief not only isn’t required, it isn’t advised. If you feel you must believe...
April 10, 2018
Conversations Under the Oaks: April Q&A
The deepest questions we’ve had so far for the Q&A: duotheism, triple goddesses, and the...
February 15, 2018
Michael Harner and the Need for Context
There is no question Michael Harner was highly influential in the Pagan community and beyond....
January 11, 2018
Unpopular Pagan Opinions: I Don’t Believe in the Three Worlds
Last week Devin Hunter talked about Heaven and Hell in the sense of “the Overworld...
December 17, 2017
Under the Ancient Oaks: Honoring Our Ancestors
Under the Ancient Oaks, the video series. I talk with fellow Denton CUUPS member Linda...
December 07, 2017
Parting the Mists: An Introduction to Journeying
Journeying is the first-hand experience of other times, other places, and other realms. These are...
November 16, 2017
Facts and Reason in Paganism – Avoiding Materialist Assumptions
Whatever our religious outlook, it’s important to base our beliefs and practices on facts and...
November 09, 2017
The Big Questions of Life – A Pagan Approach
The Big Questions of Life call us to step beyond the immediacy of our day...
October 29, 2017
This Isn’t the Kobayashi Maru: When You Have to Break a Geas
Those of us who carry geasa, taboos, and other religious obligations and prohibitions can sometimes...
October 19, 2017
Death Is Coming – Let’s Live Fully Now
In this season of Samhain, let us acknowledge death and accept death, but let us...
October 05, 2017
The Otherworld Needs to be Experienced, Not Escaped
If your belief system doesn’t include an Otherworld, I respect that. But kindly make your...
September 26, 2017
The Cauldron of the Dagda: Hospitality Technology
The Cauldron of the Dagda is hospitality technology from Iron Age Ireland. What technologies help...
September 21, 2017
“Growing Less Religious” and “Overcoming Intuition” – More Bad Assumptions
An academic study circulating around social media assumes that “growing less religious” and “overcoming intuition”...
September 12, 2017
Intermediate Polytheism: Because You’re Not a Beginner Anymore
Once you’ve established your devotional practice, what’s next? There are many possibilities – I can...
August 27, 2017
One Pagan’s Thoughts on What Comes After Death
I’m a universalist at heart – whatever comes next will be good for everyone. The...
August 13, 2017
Religion and Bad Assumptions
If we build our new religion on the foundational assumptions of our old religion, we...
August 08, 2017
Sovereignty, Autonomy, and Agency – The Need for Clear Communication
My polytheist friends have convinced me that my use of “sovereignty” only in the personal...
June 18, 2017
Paganism and the Primacy of the Written Word
The written word is a useful servant, but Western culture has made it an arrogant...
May 25, 2017
The Place of Ancient Heritage in Contemporary Paganism
Some believe we need to rebuild the religions of our pre-Christian ancestors as faithfully as...
May 07, 2017
So You Had a Religious Experience – Now What?
Religious experiences are like finding a locked box in your grandmother’s attic. It’s beautiful and...
May 04, 2017
Incorporating Animism into our Paganism
Animism is not a religion. It’s a foundational concept of many religions, one that both...
March 22, 2017
The Non-Negotiables of My Religion
There are three non-negotiables in my religion. If I abandoned or significantly changed any of...
March 14, 2017
What’s Changing: The World or Us?
What’s changing: the world or us? I’ve been arguing it’s the world, but I now...
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