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Gardens, Spirits and Barbancourt Rum

posted by Gus diZerega

I’m soon moving to a place with many fine gardens shared with people who are open to the magickal side of nature.  I am already imagining returning to the way I gardened here years ago, when I had the land […]

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Wicca 101: From Class to Coven

posted by Gus diZerega

Not quite a year ago I decided to offer a Wicca 101 class  here in Sonoma County.  Its focus was “generic British Traditional Wicca.”  Not Gardnerian or any other particular British tradition, but one in harmony with their basic approaches. […]

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Wikileaks a source for truth on more than Afghanistan

posted by Gus diZerega

UPDATE below Wikileaks, (wikileaks.org), the group that exposed the government’s (both Bush and Obama’s) secrecy and lies over the Afghan War is an astounding step forward in the internet’s capacity to promote freedom and offset the power of politics and […]

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New Wicca 101 Class in Oakland, CA

posted by Gus diZerega

Lady Argante, High Priestess of the coven Daoine Sidhe,will be teaching a British Traditional Wicca 101 class at the Sacred Well in Oakland. The class will meet every Wednesday evening at 7 pm starting on September 15, and ending on […]

A Wedding in the Redwoods

posted by Gus diZerega

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a wedding that wonderfully integrated Pagan and more traditional motifs, held within a redwood grove, not far from where I live.  The ceremony was a subtle interweaving of magickal and shamanic […]

Vaccines, War and Remembrance

posted by Gus diZerega

Daily Kos has a fascinating story on the rapid increase in whooping cough cases in California in 2004, a spike apparently correlated county by county with the number of children whose parents chose not to have them vaccinated.  This increase  […]

African Children Accused of Witchcraft

posted by Gus diZerega

Children are increasingly victims of witchcraft accusations in Africa, egged on by some but by no means all Christian leaders there. (Indeed, this story was provided to me by a Evangelical Christian). Witchcraft, which is  understood there and in many […]

Shirley Sherrod and Conservative Racism

posted by Gus diZerega

I try and try to find a hint of decency in  modern ‘conservatism’s’ spokespeople.  I really do.  I started life out as a conservative myself – my earliest political involvement was in supporting Barry Goldwater as a high school student […]

Industrial Homicide

posted by Gus diZerega

As the evidence accumulates of criminal negligence, along with obvious abuses of power, obsessive dishonesty, http://theweek.com/article/index/205197/bps-incredibly-amateur-photoshop-scandal and even intervening in terrorist issues to sacrifice justice in order to make money it becomes increasingly clear that BP should be put to death.   […]

Lammas Musings

posted by Gus diZerega

Lammas, or Lughnasad, is fast approaching.  As long as I have been Pagan I have had a special fondness for this Sabbat.  For me it speaks to the essential mystery of life more eloquently than the others.  On the one […]

Saviour

posted by Gus diZerega

This elegy and poem about what has happened in the Gulf was contributed by Thermal, a local member of the Northern California Pagan community whom some of you might remember from his past comments. It speaks for itself.

The Myth of Monotheism

posted by Gus diZerega

My essay The Myth of Monotheism has just been published on Witchvox. It’s longer than what I write here, and in its Witchvox form has no documentation because I was too inept at uploading the manuscript. But the documentation exists. […]

Digby’s Perceptive Political Analysis

posted by Gus diZerega

Digby’s blog is a treasure in my view, and her analysis of Obama and the Democrats’ current political situation is brief and as good as anything I’ve read.

Of Mosques and Burqas

posted by Gus diZerega

Yesterday’s open thread was unusually rich in people’s contributions – I enjoyed all of them.  All.  (Ron -I only excise spam and vituperative stuff that does not rise to the level of a coherent argument.  You are safe!) One thread […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

I am on the road or in the air all day.  It’s a good time for an open thread.

Hot Hot Hot

posted by Gus diZerega

I’ve been in NY for the past few days at a conference on philanthropy, one attended by a variety of people in academia and the world of philanthropy who are in no way a part of our community.  I am […]

Obama’s Strike Three

posted by Gus diZerega

I have had it with this smooth talking con man who played off our disgust with Bush and distrust of Clinton style politics in order to get himself elected and jam the worst of Clinton style politics down our throats.  […]

Encountering Deities and Spirits: first post

posted by Gus diZerega

Our discussion of Pagan atheism prompted me to write something on Paganism’s theistic side.  Speaking for myself, no argument convinced me to follow a Pagan path, it was concrete experiences that did: encounters with a Pagan deity.  Not surprisingly, if […]

A vacation from the net

posted by Gus diZerega

Every medium of communication has its strengths and weaknesses.  Some of the strongest media have the greatest weaknesses.  David Abram’s wonderful The Spell of the Sensuous makes a powerful, and for me convincing, case that literacy helped sever our awareness of […]

Culture War Values Hero?

posted by Gus diZerega

Do  ANY of the Christian Right’s major heroes or leaders walk their talk? Mel Gibson gives quite the performance of Christian family values.  Do ANY of their heroes amount to more than liars, hypocrites, or crooks?  Are there any nominations for […]

Working With Nature Organically: shown to be superior agriculturally

posted by Gus diZerega

Here is an interesting article in Science Daily on the agricultural and ecological superiority of organic farming methods over industrial agriculture.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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