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Samhain and History

posted by Gus diZerega

One of the most important dimensions of spiritualities rooted in Sacred Immanence is that any feature of our unfallen world has its sacred dimension.  I was reminded of this fact when looking up the history of Samhain in Ronald Hutton’s […]

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Obama and the defense Budget – Credit Where Credit is Due

posted by Gus diZerega

While I think president Obama’s obsession with bipartisanship is an error and a weakness, he has pulled off a rare success against the military-industrial-congressional complex with his defense budget.  Whether it’s a false dawn, time will tell.  I hope I […]

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Halloween and Samhain

posted by Gus diZerega

The commercialization of Christmas has rightly bothered many Christians, but my take on the commercialization of Halloween is more benign. The past few decades have seen an extraordinary explosion of Halloween kitsch, usually of the cheapest plastic employing the crudest […]

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Must Pagans Be “Ultra Liberals”?

posted by Gus diZerega

This issue has repeatedly arisen on this blog, perhaps because people think, mistakenly, that I am an ‘ultra liberal.’  The issue arose most recently as a question for the special Beliefnet post I am developing.  I won’t use it for […]

Of Rocks and Ruins

posted by Gus diZerega

I have just returned from a wonderful road trip to Utah’s canyon and natural arch country in and near Arches National Park  and the Anasazi ruins in and near Mesa Verde National Park.    A wonderful trip it was, though […]

Transparency, Truth, and Cover-up

posted by Gus diZerega

Glenn Greenwald has a disturbing wrap up of Obama’s cover-up of Bush’s war crimes and his assertions, under his pretty rhetoric, that he can do the same.  Traditional Obama supporters such as the New York Times and The Nation are […]

Samhain Thoughts

posted by Gus diZerega

At Samhain we confront that mystery, and honor it.  In contrast to most earlier Pagan traditions, most NeoPagans do not spend much time honoring their ancestors.  Samhain is our most fitting opportunity to do so.  Usually we have pictures on […]

Bath and Body Works Manager fires Pagan – won’t work with “Satanists”

posted by Gus diZerega

Some people and what they call their ‘religion’ never change.  See the Wild Hunt for the details. With thanks to Cheryl.

Real Christians – A Pagan Perspective

posted by Gus diZerega

The question of who is or is not a “real Christian” has come up in this blog.  It’s my own fault, for I’ve tried to distinguish between Christianity and the devil worship that masquerades under its name in the religious […]

Real Christians Intervening in the ‘Christian’ Killing of Children

posted by Gus diZerega

Thankfully genuine Christians are finally intervening.  I wish them well. And I hope there is never a case of moderns claiming to be Pagans acting as the ‘witch’ killers have, and that if it does happen, that our community intervenes […]

‘Christians’ Killing Kids Accused of Being Witches

posted by Gus diZerega

I dream of the time when “Christians” so concerned with others’ sins begin paying attention to the travesties being done in their own name such as  killing kids for being witches . 

Death and Life

posted by Gus diZerega

Sabbat. Maybe because I was born in early November. Maybe because I have always loved Fall over all other seasons. Even that quiet waiting period I learned to love in upstate New York, between when the leaves have fallen and […]

Gay Marriage, Love, and the American Revolution

posted by Gus diZerega

In November the citizens of Maine go to the polls to vote on whether their gay neighbors can marry.  The usual suspects – the religious right and Catholic church – have pulled out all stops to deprive them of this […]

Absolute PROOF the Profit Motive Can NEVER Be Relied On to Insure Us

posted by Gus diZerega

A healthy four month old baby has been denied insurance because of a ‘pre-existing condition’ – he is too fat.  He is fed entirely with breast milk. If health care reform occurs, underwriting will go away. We do it because […]

Cool Pagan Puzzle-and-More- Site

posted by Gus diZerega

Wicca Within the Web Activity Book speaks for itself, and has good stuff for adults and also kids.  Particularly cool for folks who like puzzles.  

Men, Masculinity, and Spirit

posted by Gus diZerega

There has been a lot of  good stuff written about the Goddess, Goddesses, and the Divine Feminine,.  The Wiccan Goddess is first among equals in traditional Wiccan circles., and in my view, should be.  Certainly She has been the most […]

Two Die in New Age “Sweat Lodge”

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE on sweat lodge sacrilege. The words of a survivor. Among us Pagans, a popular joke is “what is the difference between a New Age and a Pagan workshop?” “Two decimal places.” When I read of the deaths of two […]

Is Ritual Necessary for Sustainability?

posted by Gus diZerega

Last night Joan Marler of the Institute of Archaeomythology — gave a fascinating talk about the likelihood Europe’s first agricultural peoples had developed writing 8,000 years ago, long before Sumer.  It is called the “Danube Script.”   The evidence she offered […]

Fungi Saving the World?

posted by Gus diZerega

Paul Stamets gave a couple of mind-blowing talks at TED and Bioneers about mushrooms that suggest ways we might ultimately come to harmonize pur civilization with the natural world.  They are well worth the time it takes to watch.  In […]

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Paganism

posted by Gus diZerega

I have have been asked to prepare a special page on 12 things you didn’t know about Paganism for Beliefnet.  I have come up with a preliminary 11.  They are NOT set in stone.  For Pagan readers: any suggestions?  For […]

Going Native, Part 2.

posted by Gus diZerega

Magick? This brings me to Pitch’s second point, that in many ways really underlies his first.  Wild species are more magickally powerful than tame.  When you have a message from Spirit that your work should focus on native species, as […]

Going Native, Part 1

posted by Gus diZerega

When I posted on Mabon,  I suggested we need to get in better touch with the energies and denizens of the places where we live.  Only then could we really honor the spirits of the earth.  I mentioned salmon, grapes, […]

Modern Conservatism: Slouching Towards Violence

posted by Gus diZerega

What do John L. Perry, Jim DeMint, Wiley Drake, Steven Anderson, and the prominent conservative news site, NewsMax, have in common.  A hatred for democracy when they lose is a start.  The political disease that calls itself modern conservatism is […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Have at it.

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How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
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