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Beltane 2010 – Why We Celebrate

posted by Gus diZerega

Wiccans along with most other NeoPagans celebrate the sacredness of all natural cycles.  These cycles are particularly clear within regions with four distinct seasons, and I think it is natural that we, whose origins most recently hail from the British […]

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Fascinating Findings Concerning Acupuncture and Rats

posted by Gus diZerega

I believe my unusually rapid recovery from a stroke in 2008 was connected to working with healing energy for 25 years.  My belief just received a boost.  This week (April 24)  the  New Scientist gave  a fascinating account of an […]

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Modern Pagans and Indigenous Religion

posted by Gus diZerega

During last year’s Parliament for World Religions a dispute arose over whether Pagans were properly considered indigenous religions.  One person prominent in our community insisted he qualified by virtue of his membership in a “FamTrad,” that is, a family held […]

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Beltane 2010: Public Locations

posted by Gus diZerega

Beltane 2010 is upon us.  Beltane is one of Wicca’s two most important Sabbats, celebrating the power of life and growth, as Samhain, six months later, honors the powers of death and decline.  Beltane is fast approaching and in my […]

White Privilege, Christian Privilege

posted by Gus diZerega

Tim Wise has written a revealing piece about how the Tea Partyers are overwhelming evidence of White racism.  I then tried his “imagine” experiment with with Pagans and replaced Tea Partyers with Christians talking about how this should be a […]

On Seeing the World

posted by Gus diZerega

Rod Dreher at Crunchy Con has a thoughtful post about the nature of reality and how we perceive it that should interest all Pagans.

Wildflowers and a Poem by Robinson Jeffers

posted by Gus diZerega

Today I am headed off to Bear Valley, a place northeast of here famous all around for the beauty of its spring wildflowers.  Here are some photos a person posted on Flickr.   Here’s another set I discovered (scroll down).  Going […]

The Case for the Corporate Death Penalty

posted by Gus diZerega

This was a response to  comment on the immediately preceding post.  It suggests a practical way of bringing corporations under the law without depending on corrupt politicians who have been bought off.  The recent actions by Massey Energy, Goldman Sachs, […]

No Earthly Penalty is High Enough

posted by Gus diZerega

This increasingly buggy system published two versions of the post and then wiped out the first while supposedly wiping out the second.  As a consequence the comments were wiped as well. I have made my comment a new post – […]

Earth Day at 40

posted by Gus diZerega

Earth day celebrates this wonderful planet that is our home.  Today is its 40th anniversary, celebrated world-wide, the inspiring off spring of Senator Gaylord Nelson and some students back in 1970.   It is a wonderful corrective to the two forms […]

Pagans and Child Abuse

posted by Gus diZerega

Jason Pitzi-Waters over at Wild Hunt is doing our community a big service by initiating crafting a statement concerning child abuse within our community.  Given the abject failure of the Catholic Church over these issues, and the predilection for power […]

Scriptural Literalism, Bruce Waltke, and Exploding Volcanoes

posted by Gus diZerega

Conservative Evangelical Bible scholar Dr. Bruce Waltke has resigned from his teaching position at the Reformed Theological Seminary.  He made the mistake of saying the evidence overwhelmingly supported evolution.  Many of his co-religionists are unforgiving.  Ken Hamm, CEO of the ‘Creation […]

Psychedelic News

posted by Gus diZerega

Mark Kleiman reports on important news from the Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century Conference. I wish I had been there.

On Jeremy Rifkin, Empathy, and Spirit

posted by Gus diZerega

Yesterday I went to a book group gathering to discuss Jeremy Rifkin’s monumental new book, The Empathetic Civilization. What follows are insights I developed in preparation for that gathering that I think will interest many Pagans concerned with the deeper […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

I haven’t had one of these in a while.

A Wonderful Essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates

posted by Gus diZerega

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Ghost of Bobby Lee says so much that I have always wanted to say about being an American, and he says it so much better.  Nothing Pagan here, it is universal.

Entheogens and Contemporary Science

posted by Gus diZerega

Mark Kleiman has a very interesting post up on the gradual opening of science and medicine to the value of entheogens that had been smothered as part of the mindless backlash against the Sixties. As older Pagans know, entheogens played […]

A Good World and Undeserved Suffering: the Tough Cases

posted by Gus diZerega

This post fulfills a promise I made to discuss the tough examples readers raised in my post on beauty and suffering.  I do it from a Pagan perspective, one emphasizing the sacredness of the world and of the basic processes […]

Spirit, Power and Women

posted by Gus diZerega

Maureen Dowd hits a home run on women, religion, and power today.  The most important single truth we Pagans have to offer the broader spiritual community is our view of women and the feminine.  Dowd explains why – though she […]

Mt. Tamalpais, Two Poems, and National Poetry Month

posted by Gus diZerega

This is National Poetry Month, and as spring caresses the hills of northern California, one of the most magickal places in the San Francisco Bar Area, Mt. Tamalpais, is rising serenely above the hustle and bustle below, the good and the bad, […]

ACORN Framed by Conservatives

posted by Gus diZerega

Video tapes Fox and others made such a big deal about concerning corruption at ACORN were edited to show the opposite of what happened.  ‘Conservatism’ today is not an honorable political force contesting with different ideas and priorities, let alone, […]

Honoring Treason and Traitors

posted by Gus diZerega

A new state motto for their license plates: Virginia is for Losers. What a wonderful group of people, the Republican Party of the Confederacy.

On Ignorance, Termites, Religion, Love and Atrocity

posted by Gus diZerega

The world is complex and our knowledge of it is small.  Each and every one of us benefits from knowledge we do not have used by people we do not know.  Virtually nothing we “know” is based on first hand […]

A Meditation on Charles Koch, Classical Liberalism, and Global Warming

posted by Gus diZerega

This piece has absolutely nothing to do with Pagan spirituality.  It does have a lot to do with why I am who I am. Two low-profile brothers have recently been in the news as the largest funders of attacks on […]

The Catholic Sex Scandal, Monotheism, and Organizational Pathology

posted by Gus diZerega

IMPORTANT UPDATE below At a Good Friday service in the Vatican and attended by Pope Benedict, preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa compared the current scandals over sexual abuse by Church officials with “the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.” To say this is […]

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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea
I deeply believe the problems in our country are more of the heart than of the head. Here are some youtubes courtesy of John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy on Facebook. They speak more eloquently ...

posted 1:08:25pm Apr. 12, 2012 | read full post »

The controversy over Pink Slime - and what it means.
The controversy over pink slime is helping educate Americans to the fact that corporations are as beneficial to agriculture as they are to politics. Tom Laskawy put it pithily: “What pink slime represents is an open admission by the food ...

posted 4:03:07pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

How the "war on religion' backfired into a war on women
Here  is a really good article by Tina DuPuy on how the Republicans got themselves into such a mess with America's more intelligent women.  Left undiscussed is how the extreme pathological masculinity of both their deity and their leaders made ...

posted 12:12:35pm Apr. 11, 2012 | read full post »

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