July 31, 2012

Clearing up misconceptions about Modern Paganism. Read more

July 27, 2012

A skeptic visits the Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, witnesses a few spirit readings, and takes a step backward in time. Read more

July 26, 2012

The last week of my overly long Midwest/East Coast jaunt was spent at the Brushwood Folklore Center, at their Sirius Rising Festival. I’ve been going to Sirius for almost ten years, originally just because it was right before the Starwood Festival, and then eventually just because I enjoyed Sirius (and Brushwood) its self. I don’t think words can describe how much I love and appreciate Brushwood. As a campground it has perfectly situated its self between two worlds; there’s great… Read more

July 25, 2012

It’s probably not obvious, but I’m pretty sensitive about my Paganism.  I’m not sensitive about matters of history or theology; we can agree or disagree until Ragnorok and still be friends.  Some of my favorite Pagans are people who bicker with me about the origins of gods or the age of Wicca.  More academic type pursuits (and the disagreements about them) inform my Paganism, but they don’t define it.  What’s most important to me as a Pagan is interacting with… Read more

July 17, 2012

(I’m still on the road and typing without a net, or with only an Ipad and a limited ability to spellcheck. I apologize in advance for the mistakes, misspelled words, and typos. I do love you all so much that I just coughed up ten bucks for decent internet access, so remember that when you notice the inevitable problems that will probably plague this entry.) With thirty-two festivals under its kilt, Starwood is one of the longest running Pagan/Magickal Festivals… Read more

July 10, 2012

(I thought writing on the road would be easy, I was wrong. I probably made things harder on myself by leaving my laptop at home and only taking my Ipad and a keyboard. I like my Ipad, but it’s not very good at pointing out misspelled words. WordPress won’t allow me to paste things written on my word processor either, so I’m sure this post will have lots of typos and other things wrong with it. I apologize in advance,… Read more

July 3, 2012

(I’ve always been fascinated by the occult overtones of Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal. Generally, the occult trappings in rock are nothing more than window dressing, but they can still be worth exploring. Strange Days is a series chronicling the truth about the occult in rock. Future articles will include looks at The Doors and T. Rex) Without question, Black Sabbath is one of the all-time great rock bands. They sit on the classic rock Rushmore, alongside bands like… Read more

July 2, 2012

American Conservatives, and especially Evangelical Christians on the right, have a tendency to claim “ownership” of America’s Founding Fathers and the documents they wrote. Any serious student of American History laughs at such claims, many of the Founding Fathers were deists* and America during the Revolutionary War Period was an extremely unreligious nation. Those who write the narrative control the narrative, but today I’m writing the narrative, and where Evangelicals see a Declaration of Independence full of references to God… Read more

June 25, 2012

(I’m currently on the road visiting some Pagan Festivals and bookstores. “Ramble On” is my travel journal chronicling some of those experiences. Last week I was at the Wisteria Summer Solstice celebration at the Wisteria Nature Retreat in Southeastern Ohio.) I’ve never been sick at a Pagan Festival before, until last week’s Summer Solstice Celebration at Wisteria. As a result my festival experience was a unique one, spent mostly inside of my tent and far away from the usual festival… Read more

June 17, 2012

If you’ve ever read the book Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton you are probably familiar with a chapter in it called “Finding a God.” Hutton’s argument there is that the Horned God became “the god” of Modern Paganism due to the popularity of the Greek God Pan with early 19th Century English Poets. As a devotee of the Horned One, I think Hutton’s hypothesis is absolutely spot on. The language we use to describe the Horned God bears… Read more

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