I think Earth Day is a particularly important moment for contemplation and commitment by us Pagans. Often American Christian critics accuse us of “pantheism,” and in a important respect they are right. We do find the sacred, most of us, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
For me, all our interactions with nature have an ethical component. None are purely with a insensate object to be used simply as a tool. For example, I buy organic not because it tastes better – although it can – […]
UPDATES below For years the culture warriors have waged a slowly rising campaign against the women and the feminine in all forms other than the pregnant submissive housewife or cold-hearted ideological warriors such as Coulter, Palin, and Bachmann. One of […]
I hope every American gets to see this ad, maybe several times. From a Pagan perspective what is happening is really important because it is an attempt to dismiss the importance of the feminine in all its forms except the […]
Very cool. The article say a lot and gives links.
Ostara, the Spring Equinox, is always beautiful here in Sonoma County, California. This year was threatening to be different because we have had a disturbingly dry winter. The grass was green, but very short. We were having to water parts […]
We have seen a major victory among the forces of decency in our country. Not only has Rush Limbaugh now lost 141 advertisers. Better yet, a great many have indicated they want no association with right wing hate radio. They […]
I just came across a study of the broader impact of the deep cultural split between “red” and “blue” ways of living in the US. I think it adds to the evidence that Pagan spirituality is part of the leading […]
Thought on the Pantheacon controversy I imagine there are few Pagans who have spent more time studying, thinking, and writing about politics in all its various forms than I, and for those of you who have, you have my sympathies. […]
I seem to have recovered at the last minute from a cold that kept me home this past week. Strong ginger tea, gargling hot salt water, and other stuff did the trick. Now I’m washing clothes and packing my duffel […]
A Facebook friend just posted the following very interesting and courageous speech by Maureen Walsh, a Republican legislator who voted in favor of Washington’s new law allowing gay marriages. Her speech is eloquent, heart felt, wise, and courageous. Everything that […]
I came across a most illuminating post today on one of my favorite group blogs: Balloon Juice. It began with a discussion of the character of right wing folks as revealed by what they said on their own sites, sites […]
The pictures in this article are fantastic! Enjoy the visual feast. With thanks to Anna Korn for turning me on to it.
There has been considerable discussion within our community for many years about whether or not we should have a “Pagan clergy.” I think this is a very positive development because it gets us thinking positively about who we are as […]
I have not been doing much political posting for many months, ever since I finally gave up hope that the Democrats, with a few exceptions, amounted to anything more than a somewhat more humane version of the moral filth that […]
In 2010 I wrote in this blog “Imbolc is one of the less intensely celebrated Sabbats, I think because it has fewer real world connections in our lives. In most places the coming Spring Equinox, Ostara, is well suited to […]
UPDATE below Science Daily reports on a new theory by Erik D. Andrulis that if true demonstrates the earth is alive. The peer reviewed journal Life has just published Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life, which argues […]
I have been slow in writing this post because I have wanted to do my experience justice. In late November I crossed the country, stopping off in Lawrence Kansas for Thanksgiving with family before returning to California. Starting from the […]
A friend of mine well versed in these matters and appreciative of problems on both sides has recommended this analysis as the best she has come across for understanding the issues at stake and why we should care.
Paul Krugman has a fascinating column in today’s NYT demonstrating that Mitt Romney’s stump speech is 100% lies. Not one true statement of substance in it. Not one. This means that Romney believes in absolutely nothing he is willing to […]
Check it out– a servant of Sauron has reached high power in the benighted state I once called home. This loathesome servant of evil not only gets votes he is Speaker of the House.
When I wrote Pagans and Christians I said that religions based on reveled texts that make monopolistic spiritual claims to superiority were like dormant volcanoes. However peaceful and good neighborly they appeared, they harbored deep within a danger of erupting […]
Secret Circles Hidden Prayers is a new video about Pagan families which, surprise! are very much like other families, only hesitant to be know for who they are. I once lost a job over my religion. It was bad, and […]
Those corporate produced foods with blueberries that we buy may not have any blueberries at all. Here is an expose on how many of the major corporations selling “blueberries” in their food in fact have no blueberries at all, or […]
Over at Patheos I have just posted a column on whether it is possible to coherently think of a monotheistic God as an individual. Not surprisingly given that I am a polytheist, I argue it is not.
This is a very disturbing article, and explains the oddness of some of Paul’s “libertarian” positions. He supports states’ rights to do all manner of nasty stuff, including making drugs illegal. He only supports freedom from the National government. If […]
Ron Paul is an interesting presidential candidate, a frustrating mix of the very good with the very bad, arriving in the form of a man who actually seems to believe something and is willing to tell prospective voters things that […]
Alexei Navalny is one of the young Russians deeply involved in the broad outpouring of protest against the fraudulent election that returned Vladimir Putin to power. In this interview he explains the crucial role of the internet and blogs in […]
One of my oldest friends is a woman who has been working with progressive Muslims in Denmark. As many of my readers know, there has been far more friction in Denmark between right wing Muslims and the secular society to […]
Ever since 9-11 I have done what little I can to differentiate between decent Muslims and the fringe of lunatics that infest it, just as I have tried to do so with decent Christians and their rather larger (in this […]
My posts for the forest with qualities like Pandora and also the one mentioning Xango seem to have disappeared. Anyone find them?
Gypsy’s Bring Back the Light has always been one of my favorite Yule songs.
Courtesy of Huffington Post, here are a bunch of photographs giving a sense of how this time of years speaks to so many worldwide.
Tonight I am going to a celebration of the Solstice, and tomorrow to another where I will be acting as the High Priest. It will be a wonderful end to a year that, for me personally, has been very very […]
Courtesy of Stephen Schwartz’s sleuthing, I have come across two articles that give us hope that we can solve our energy problems with contemporary technologies if only the parasites who own the government would get out of the way – […]
I met a guy last night who had grown up here in Sonoma County but had been enticed to move to Amarillo, Texas by economic incentives for his business (by the government). Very smart guy, not a religious bigot at […]
Suzanne Simard of the Dept. of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia has a delightful short video reporting that multi-species forests are connected in complex communicative networks with “mother trees” serving as the nodes in these networks. Her […]
I was delighted to discover a long discussion of the African Orixa Xango (in Spanish, Shango or Chango) in Daily Kos, and want to pass it on. Years ago when I first encountered the African Diasporic traditions I was identified as […]
I arrived early into Lawrence, Kansas, for Thanksgiving. As I drove up the turnpike I called my old friends, Nan and Jerry. They weren’t home, and I left a message. A short while later Nan returned my call and invited […]
One of my favorite blogs has a inspiring example of UC Davis students’ reaction to gratuitous violence by thugs wearing the uniform of the UC Police. It is inspiring to watch how, after a completely arbitrary attack on peaceful students […]
I have been almost totally focused on the home stretch of my manuscript tentatively titled Faultlines: The 60s, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. This is really getting in the way of making frequent blog posts. […]
Joe Walsh has made a name for himself as a “family values” Republican. He has also made a name for himself as a dead beat dad who owes over $100,000 in child support, ignores court dates, and takes his girl […]
This is an important press release, and while I will be far away overseeing an academic conference, I hope any readers in the area will help support this effort. Silver Spring, MD, October 19th, 2011 Priestesses and priests from the […]
I received two identical chain mail emails over the past couple of days, emails supposedly inspired by Warren Buffet. But the Buffet chain email is a hoax that actually, if implemented would make the problem it addresses worse, and for […]
How does the current worldwide focus on bringing the ultra-wealthy banksters and corporations under more effective control relate to traditional spiritual concerns, particularly Pagan ones? Quite directly, actually.
The OWS movement has triggered worldwide support, most ll of it peaceful and likely in the hundreds of thousands. There were 951 demonstrations planned in 81 countries. Worldwide corporate aristocracy has triggered worldwide solidarity. A site that gives a sense […]
Both petitions are to the White House. In my view Obama has neither the bravery nor the integrity to do much, but the publicity is important. You have to get a White House password, but that seems no big deal. […]
In what might prove to be one of the most important inventions of the past 100 years, Andrea Rossi’s claim to have a functioning cold fusion reactor appears to have passed important tests. Stay tuned. f this thing is real […]
Are there any public Samhain gatherings around there the night of the 31st?
Chris Hedges has written one of the most sensitive and insightful analyses of what is currently happening in New York, and across the country. I urge everyone to read it and follow it up with Paul Krugman’s piece as well. […]
Today I read two thought provoking pieces that cross traditional divides while addressing key issues in environmental thought. In both cases I think a Pagan sensibility brings new and valuable insights to the table.
I just discovered that at the same time the corporate media was covering the protests in Egypt that led to Hosni Mubarack’s well deserved departure 350,000 Israelis, Jewish, Christian, and Palestinian alike, were protesting the corruption and worse by the […]
One of the most fascinating issues distinguishing Pagan spirituality from most forms of monotheism is that we see the world and its basic dimensions from birth to death as sacred expressions of the more than human, with which we seek […]
I was started along this line of thought while reading Kent Nerburn’s powerful, moving, painful and hauntingly beautiful The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows. There are many levels to this book, […]
The Fall Equinox is upon us. It is giving us all an opportunity to focus on the question of balance, and I hope also on what Pagan religions generally offer the modern world that the dominant Western and Eastern faiths […]
One of the most unexpected aspects of my Yukon adventure was the very different ‘feel’ of country where humanity’s technological imprint is an unpaved road with no dwellings or other roads for over 100 miles – and for many hundreds […]
I had wanted my first real post upon returning to be away from politics, but as luck would have it, I returned on September 10 and last night was my first night home. Today everyone it seems is going on […]
Yesterday I returned from the Yukon after being essentially cut off from most communication and definitely from this blog for the better part of three weeks. Right after crossing the border my email account was hacked by an outfit that […]
I’ve been scurrying about and making lists preparing to leave for my big adventure starting this Saturday: the road trip of a life time to the Yukon. It’s been very hard to think about blogging. I’m picking a friend up […]
Last night Jon Stewart targeted Megyn Kelly’s passionate defense of maternity leave once she returned to Fox after giving birth. Kelly was spot on in every respect save one, one that Stewart memorably pointed out.
For those like myself who consider the Tea Party and its allies to be a mortal danger to this country through their combination of religious bigotry, hostility to feminine values, and almost mindless service to the corporate oligarchy, yesterday’s failure […]
I was having a coffee and some fascinating discussions about the implications of thought forms with a retired physicist friend at Starbucks today, Saturday. As we began to wind our conversation down a young man sitting nearby indicated he enjoyed […]
I have just learned about a married lesbian couple, Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen who performed an act of incredible bravery in an event covered around the world, and received next to no coverage in the US media. who were […]
This is beautiful. Lammas Blessings to all.
Lammas, or Lughnasad, is the first and greatest of the Sabbats honoring the harvest, for it is now that in most places in the northern hemisphere life’s abundance most overflows in flowers and fruit, grain and root. In our urban […]
I hope to post on Lammas, but recent events have intruded. I still hope to do a Lammas post, but right now this is on my mind. We are all aware of the horrible murders committed against so many Norwegians, […]
A friend had this on his FB page, and when I looked at it, and more importantly, heard it, I was awe struck. Who knows what crickets really hear? I don’t. But I have often wondered what other beings actually […]
The slaughter in Norway by a Christian Fundamentalist seeing himself as a knight defending the faith raises a disturbing issue: what are so many monotheists so violent towards people who disagree with them? One would think their deity could handle […]
I just read on of the more hopeful pieces I have seen in a while regarding environmental degradation, the most disturbing of what I consider the three major crises threatening us today. This crisis has several dimensions: destruction of natural […]
One of the most interesting aspects of Paganism for me is that it stretches back to the very beginnings of human spirituality, so far as we can tell. The Axial religions of monotheism, Buddhism, and Hinduism connected to sacred texts […]
I’ve been nearly overwhelmed with discussions over at Patheos after I responded to some folks request for me to discuss “Can a Pagan be a Conservative?” I wish they had not used the subtitle they did, but it certainly helped […]
A very interesting series of posts on recent research with psilocybin mushrooms has just started to appear at one of my favorite bogs, The Reality Based Community, which is made up of a variety of academic types with a wider […]
My first Patheos post has been put up. Again, Patheos will have little essays addressing the various implications of Pagan spirituality but I hope no purely political analysis. But as readers will see, I intend that many will have […]
You cannot help but notice the new title strip for A Pagan’s Blog. Beliefnet is upgrading their headings, and while it is more ‘cosmic’ that I would have designed, I like it. It seems symbolic of siome changes I am […]
The passionate discussion and often insightful responses my 4thof July post unleashed has forced me to think more deeply about the issues it raised. In the process I have tried to place my argument in a more explicitly spiritual framework, […]
Some things are so cool they are well worth looking at even on a blog that deals with completely different subjects.
I suspect this post will upset most of my readers. It may be written off as a rant. If that’s your inclination, before writing it off, please consider the actual arguments I make, because doing so will encourage rethinking some […]
Atheists have been popping up and in some cases rudely intruding of late, most recently on Facebook. Last night I “unfriended” someone on FB because I was tired of putting up with his mix of rudeness, arrogance, and his thinking […]
This wonderful Youtube video of a surprise homecoming is touching in a very warm way. I love it. Perhaps it will give us something beyond anger and sorrow to motivate our opposition to the slaughter being carried out across so much […]
This afternoon and evening I’ll be at a Solstice party and ritual gathering, and I hope all of you will be similarly blessed. Whether you are or not, Anne Laurie over at Balloon Juice has a post up showing perhaps […]
I just saw a great article by Stephen Lacey linked to on Crooked Timber on how the price of solar power is falling very rapidly. This has been a long term trend, and shows no signs of slowing. The rate […]
Since I pulled way back from writing blog posts on politics, and radically reduced by attention to the day to day activities of the sociopathic crowd who dominates the news, I have found my outlook improved even if my view […]
This is the final and for me most difficult installment of the four little essays I have written exploring the nature of evil and bad things happening in a good world. So if you are a confirmed skeptic you might […]
The modern world’s essentially autistic view of reality has suffered many assaults over the past 150 years. In particular Darwin, the paradoxes of quantum mechanics and the rise of ecology as a science and a societal crisis, among other issues, […]
Memorial Day in recent years has been a more than usually bittersweet honoring of those who served their country at the cost of their lives in wartime.
My old friend Mi Robin linked to a fantastic video on Facebook about the efforts of some bigots to prevent an Islamic mosque in Murfreesboro Tennessee. But if that was all it was about I’d not link to it. We […]
This blog has been quieter of late, though perhaps the posts have been a bit more in depth. I have been taking a vacation from the constant current events reporting on the nihilists to the right because it’s become clear […]
UPDATE below As I was writing my promised discussion of spiritual evil I found myself being drawn more and more into an amazing series of incidents that took place during the 1980s. I was a complete newbie in matters Pagan […]
It is so very easy to get caught up in the organized sociopathy that is characteristic of so much politics and organized ‘religion’. A walk in nature is one of the best correctives. But that is not always possible. This […]
One of the biggest lies being told by David Barton and other dishonest hacks in the so-called ‘christian’ right about our nation’s Founders was that they thought of freedom of religion in purely Christian terms. They did not and made […]
Ryan Benson when closing his blog over at Patheos sent a challenge out to his religious readers: “convince me God exists.” Benson is an atheist. Star, who is doing wonderful work for us Pagans at Patheos, suggested Pagans respond, and […]
Thermal sent me an email including some magick he is working in response to bin Laden’s death. I pass it on. I think his message is a wise one. I am working on a lengthy post on the spiritual dimension […]
The fetid mess of nihilism and sadism that masquerades as “conservative” morality is strutting with more than its usual vulgarity this week. Adopting Karl Rove’s strategy of attacking your opponents strengths through incessant lying, they are saying torture helped us […]
Some of my readers might be wondering why I have been so supportive of many Muslims against their critics during the past few years. Certainly Muslim countries are not good places to be Pagan and I would not choose to […]
I was inspired to write this blog by Steve Weinstein’s post on Crooks and Liars. There he observed “I live in the middle of Los Angeles. Gay people are everywhere and considered as normal as anyone else. Black people too. […]
As in so many earlier years, I will spend Saturday night in Berkeley so as to be up before dawn, drive up to Inspiration Point in Tilden Park, and watch Berkeley Morris dance up the sun. Whenever I’ve been in northern […]
The efforts of professional Catholic Bill Donohue and his Catholic League to gin up a new “war on Christianity” shtick is pretty funny from a Pagan perspective. He makes up stories about kids not being able to call the eggs […]
Today is Earth Day, and For the first time many in modern America decided to honor their home and make a personal commitment to protect it. Some have kept that commitment. Most of the powers that be, Democratic and Republican, […]
A Muslim friend just sent me an interesting discussion of France’s outlawing of the veil. It suggests just how complicated things can get when the intricacies of individual choice and values combined with deeply rooted cultural attitudes. Given my earlier […]
Bolivia is preparing to boldly go where no one has gone before, although Ecuador started the ball rolling. Asof this writing Ecuador is on the verge of passing a kind of Bill of Rights for Nature, a series of laws called […]
Last night I drive to Sonoma to hear John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and of a number of other books, give a talk sponsored by the Praxis Peace Institute. The audience was filled with people more […]
If undeserved suffering is not a sign of imperfection in nature, or of an immanent divine being less than good, what are we to make of human misbehavior and malice? Whether at the retail level of people deliberately hurting one […]
I just spent a few nights camping out at Pinnacles National Monument, far away from computers, cell phones, and the news. It was wonderful, both being in nature and not beimg connected to the news or technology beyond basic camping […]
From within a modern Western framework, we understand life as gradually developing from simple cells to multi-cellular organisms and then to ever more differentiated beings, ultimately including ourselves. At times natural catastrophes have set back the abundance of earthly life […]
One of the oldest problems in religion is the prevalence of undeserved suffering and its implications about good and evil. However we might conceive it, if Spirit is good, why do bad things happen to good people, and why do […]
I had planned to post a series of essays on how we as Pagans can look at the horrors around us and see that they do not reflect badly on the sacred. However, several of my readers expressed concerns over […]
The issue of initiation in modern America was a major theme yesterday in a book group to which I belong. We had been discussing Barry Spector’s Madness at the Gates of the City. Spector uses a Jungian polytheistic approach to […]
I’ve been taking a vacation of sorts from this blog, for the reasons I already mentioned below. I’ve been trying to find a way to do more than write “aint it awful” every day, along with the occasional spiritual Pagan […]
Beliefnet has been shifting to a new platform while I have been shifting to a different perspective towards this blog. Over the past few months I have been increasingly uncomfortable about reporting on the incredibly depraved actions by the “religious” […]
I got a suggestion on Facebook to “Wear a snake for St. Patrick’s Day.” It was put up by an Irish Pagan, to protest honoring the desecration of our sacred sites. Why do We , as a Nation , celebrate […]
So-called ‘conservatives’ seem to be on a collision course with every form of decency that exists among human beings. I have just come across a case where a woman have been jailed because she thought about having an abortion! You […]
The ongoing tragedy in Japan offers a great deal for us to think about, from how we can help to how such catastrophes can happen in a world where Spirit matters to what it says about human beings’ ability to […]
Imagine the worst that a ‘pro-life’ monster can do. This probably exceeds it. I am ashamed to be of the same species. There really is no other spiritual term that can reasonably apply. This is not true for all conservatives of […]
At this time when the worst side of many Americans is proudly exposed to view by people too morally lost, and too besotted with self-righteousness to realize what they are doing, it is good to reflect on a beautiful poem […]
Cherry Hill Seminary is offering a fascinating course by York Dobyns, a Ph.D. in physics at Princeton as well as a Wiccan since 1992. The link explains everything briefly, so there is no need for me to duplicate it. Find […]
I just read a delightful (in a black humored sort of way) post up at Balloon Juice. It offers a way to calculate the number of “crazies” on the political right, people for whom no fact or logic will work […]
A geologist friend and Pagan just sent me a report in the Journal of Cosmology of microfossils similar to trichomic cyanobacteria deep inside several meteorites. “Trichomic” means they resemble filaments, and “prokaryotes” are cells without a membrane bound nucleus. But these cells differ […]
I have lots of notes, from Pantheacon, even some from my Utah trip in the fall, but I just can’t get inspired. I’m thinking mostly about a meeting tomorrow with some friends about starting a co-housing community, and heading off […]
This isn’t quite the write-up I anticipated doing because I left my notes somewhere or other. A drag, but maybe a blessing in disguise. Now I have to search my memory about what impressed me most. And a great deal […]
As I read again about the utter nastiness and hypocrisy of America’s ‘conservatives’ now that they are anticipating growing in power I wonder what their spiritual significance might be at a personal level. In so many cases what they do […]
Th West Coast’s annual Pantheacon starts Friday at 1 and goes through Monday afternoon. It is one of the high points of the years for me, a chance to see old friends from different parts of the country, as well […]
Ali Gomaa, Egypt’s Grand Mufti has just made a statement that should raise the spirits of all who care for the well-being of the Egyptian people and a future of religious toleration and, even more, ultimate acceptance. No, he did […]
Nancy Graham, an old friend of mine, and talented documentary producer and journalist, moved to Denmark, For many years she taught journalism at the University of Aarhus. Europe has much more actual experience with Muslims than does the US, and […]
When I became a Pagan I had to rethink my views about Christianity, which had become overwhelmingly negative. If the Sacred manifested in many ways and everywhere, it had to manifest there as well. But as the religious right in […]
One of the less commented on aspects of the recent overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt is its extraordinary peacefulness. Or was it so extraordinary? America’s gun fantasists have poisoned public debate over guns’ role in a civilized society with […]
This post repeats my reply to Randi’s comment on my “Abortion, Slavery and Women” post. It does not deal with abortion because she raised more important issues. With clarifying revisions here and there added at 9:20 PST. More cleaning up […]
Usually when I address abortion and Biblical issues this blog is filled with many comments by the “pro-life” crowd. I am struck with their silence many days after the initial posting of the entry two posts below this one. Perhaps […]
Glenn Greenwald has a very incisive dissection of the New York Times’ article on Egypt. It gives thoughtful Americans plenty to think about. It also looks as if the Republicans and Democrats who like democracy only when it is […]
In her book The Battle for God Karen Armstrong distinguished between mythos and logos in a way that sheds light on both Pagan spirituality and current irrationality on the part of the religious right. The abortion issue is a good case […]
It’s wonderful and magickal. Debbieseakay created it and she takes beautiful pictures as well. I am grateful to Anne Laurie over at Balloon juice for finding it.
When the New Yorker interviewed me about an article they were preparing over the political impact of Charles and David Koch, I emphasized that when I knew Charles Koch in my high school and early college years, he was a […]
With thanks to Makarios for calling my attention to it, here is a response from members of America’s Indian community to the bigots and worse on the right.
One of the most deeply rooted differences between almost every Pagan and conservative Christians is our diametrically opposed views of women and the feminine. We exalt the feminine as Sacred, they denigrate it as spiritually inferior to their male deity. Women […]
While most of the country is still deep in snow, the days have grown noticeably longer since the depth of Winter’s darkness. In California along with brighter days the first flowers of the year are already blooming. In this strange […]
At least one bigot blogging against the Yaqui prayer at the Tucson memorial service for those murdered by Jared Loughner has gotten into trouble over it. Not enough, but it’s a start. May it grow.
Sabina Magliocco brought this site on prairie dog language up on her Facebook site. It’s great. Turns out that a whole lot more is going on with prairie dogs than any Westerner ever thought. And if this is true for […]
In his wonderful A Sand County Almanac Aldo Leopold gives my favorite description of what it is to be uniquely human. He observes that when the last passenger pigeon died, a species that once had darkened the North American sky […]
I have been struggling with better understanding what Karen Armstrong calls mythos in her book The Battle for God, on religious fundamentalism worldwide. I think it is essential towards developing a deeper appreciation of what Pagan spirituality brings to the spiritual […]
Read this report of the religious garbage American soldiers are exposed to, and shudder. During the Thirty Years War between Catholics, Protestants, and anyone else unfortunate enough to be living in “Christian” Europe, “christian’ killed ‘Christian’ for not being the […]
A while back I posted on why big organizations tended to become criminal enterprises. The immediate inspiration was more dirt coming to the surface on the Vatican’s protecting child molesters. Now a genuine smoking gun verifies what any reasonable person […]
I hope this does not cause any of you to start drinking organic milk, because I hope you already do, but recent research indicates organic milk is healthier than the other kind. But if you aren’t drinking organic milk and […]
Martin Luther King did not come to his conclusions about nonviolence entirely on his own. He had the personal strength to follow this path, but he also stood in a long noble and very interesting tradition with deep roots in […]
As we observe this day honoring the life of Martin Luther King, jr., two thought come to mind as particularly relevant, and I hope worth sharing. The first has to do with violence and the second with the intertwining of […]
While I have been no Obama fan for a long time, his speech at Tucson’s memorial service for those murdered by Jared Loughner was wonderful. But this was even more a community event more than a national event. One of the […]
Just finished a long and utterly pointless attempt to make a rational argument to a sometime contributor to this blog who was complaining that liberals were distorting stuff after the murders in Tucson. There are links on my Facebook wall […]
UPDATE I & II As I have been reading discussions about what happened in Arizona, over and over again those on the right or those not wanting to admit we have a genuine problem in this country claim Jared Loughner […]
The murder of a young girl and other people in Arizona today is a predictable result of the violent language that has built up in this country over the past decade or so, starting with Ann Coulter Michael Savage and […]
One of the most depressing recent blots on the increasingly blotched American character was the ignorant and infantile outrage by so many over the “Ground Zero Mosque” (which was none of the above). To make their case they had to […]
Bees are under considerable threat these days, and we are not sure whether it is due to one or two pathogens or maybe to a complex series of interrelationships. Two recent discussions of possibly very complex relations are in Wired […]
Those of us who have had personally strong and oft repeated experiences with the spirit world, and of nature as animate, are often sympathetic to people attacking mainstream science. For example, I know several Pagans who have resisted having their kids […]
Alex Mar has produced American Mystic, a beautiful and most unusual film, one I hope receives many viewers, for many will be the better off for having seen it. In her film Mar describes the lives of spiritually committed people […]
I got up this morning and after my injection of caffeine picked up some molasses and corn meal and drove to Portuguese Beach to make my annual offering to Iemanja, Orixa of the ocean. It was a cold. grey, blustery […]
F. A. Hayek, a famous but little understood economist sheds light on one of the scandals of our time. There is a well deserved outrage building over the current Pope’s blaming “the 1970s” for rampant pedophilia and child molestation by Vatican […]
Surva is an ancient Balkan ritual used to revive the earth on the New Year. It’s a wonderful community celebration, and the communities are big. Here is an example of a modern day Pagan survival in good health in Europe. […]
A very revealing interview of Glenn Greenwald and Fran Townsend, a hack who worked for the Bush administration, about Wikileaks. Very revealing. A bit long but worth it for anyone who is really interested in what I regard as one […]
Here’s a list with links. It’s pretty impressive and should shut up forever any claims that nothing but trivia was exposed… But of course that assumes those making the claims are informed and honest.
The apparent frequency of animals eating entheogens is really fascinating to me. It strengthens my suspicion that what our society calls “normal” consciousness is as deficient as a diet without certain crucial vitamins. Life continues, but is crippled. To a […]
I have just read about a delightful report that reindeer and other animals as well eat mushrooms to get high. Having done the same myself (and seen colors that are not on the spectrum) I can only nod in approval. […]
Just before Yule one of my readers asked me to explain why I was not more interested in working magick on big issues, such as stopping global warming or bringing about more enlightenment in public policy. He said he planned […]
This post addresses some questions readers asked in a previous one. Today a majority of Americans are thoroughly fed up with both major parties, with the Republicans even more than with the Democrats. Yet these toxic dinosaurs run no […]
Barack Obama has provided a lesson in American reality to many people who once thought the Democrats were still in some sense like the Democrats who passed Civil Rights legislation and earlier, the New Deal. That party died. It was […]
We had a wonderful Yule celebration last night in Berkeley, where I was an invited guest (my own group meets tonight). Rains have socked in all over California, and while our celebration was wonderful, we despaired of seeing the eclipse, […]
This space has been very critical of Barack Obama, and for reasons that have continued to hold up – with one important exception. His insistence that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell be ended legislatively meant that the process took far longer, […]
Michael Moore has written an eye opener for anyone who thinks Wikileaks is doing serious damage to America. And in the process pretty much demonstrated the almost complete dishonesty and collusion of government and the corporate media.
This is a beautiful piece someone sent me long ago in a Winter Solstice Card. I have no idea who wrote it, and would love to know. I’ve inserted copies myself into Yule cards and used it in Yule rituals, […]
The old Communist Party was infamous for switching its positions 189 degrees, depending on whatever came down from Moscow. America’s ‘conservative’ totalitarians are fascinatingly similar. This is something quite new and disturbing in American politics.
Trust me – there is a connection Every other Wednesday I spend the morning in a kind of salon where a bunch of us get together to discuss various aspects of science. One is a retired physicist, another a geologist, […]
A reader asked me on Facebook I’ve decided to do Wiccan rituals until Yule to help foster democracy & openness & send the strongest energies I can to help fight the grotesque negativity (e.g., the Wikileaks situation). To save me […]
Last month, after spending nine days amid the canyons, high mesas, soaring cliffs and natural arches of the Colorado Plateau we descended into Las Vegas. For our final night my friend had gotten us a room at the Bellagio, one of […]
I spent much of this afternoon addressing Solstice cards and sending them to Pagan friends far away from here. I never liked the electronic cards – they are nice to get, but I like tangible things. Books instead of photons […]
UPDATE below After his first months in office Barack Obama increasingly perplexed me, particularly for the fraudulent way he campaigned and then turned on his most dedicated supporters. I was particularly alarmed at his disdain for our constitutional principles and […]
Human life differs from the rest of earthly life in one crucial respect: biological evolution has largely taken second place to cultural evolution. Cultural evolution enables adaptations within a single generation that would take thousands of generations if brought about […]
From Daniel Ellsberg: “EVERY attack against Asaange and on @Wikileaks was also made against me and release of the PENTAGON PAPERS.” Thomas Jefferson would agree: “The diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public […]
We are living through a very exciting time. The Swiss bank that froze Wikileaks’ account has just had its website hacked and is not available. May it stay that way. Swiss banks are famous for making themselves available to criminals […]
Went to the Goddess Crafts Faire yesterday and it was an impressive and very enjoyable event. Lots of good craft booths, some not as good, but that’s normal. I bought Yule gifts, enjoyed talking with the artists and craftspeople, heard […]
Many conservative Jews have supported the “Christian” right because they mindlessly support Israel. Judging from events happening in Texas, maybe they are about to be reminded of what these people really think about real live Jews, as “Christian” fanatics have […]
Some of the flying monkeys on the right made fun of Costa Rican Christine Figueres for invoking the blessings of Ixchel, the ancient Mayan Goddess of reason, creativity, and weaving, upon a meeting of the UN Convention on Climate Change […]
It’s been hard to concentrate on this blog since I returned from Utah. Really hard. While the trip, like any trip with a 9 year old, was not without its aggravations, being immersed in such powerful, beautiful and peaceful land was […]
The Saturday before Thanksgiving the United Religions Initiative’s People of the Earth gathering took place in San Francisco’s Presidio. This was the third in a series of meetings seeking to build mutual awareness and respect among the practitioners of many […]
Wikileaks and Julian Assange have certainly caught the attention of the world, for which I applaud them. Looking around, I discovered Assange has his own blog, and it is well worth looking through. One of his most fascinating essays is […]
I went searching for some Solstice cards to send out for Yule. To my surprise no local stores seemed to have any, so I searched around on the net. I found some really beautiful ones at Lytha Studios. Perhaps […]
UPDATE Celia Farran , a Pagan singer who I have raved about before on this blog will be doing two performances this December in the Bay Area. I don’t have the time to say a lot right now as I […]
Writing about a Pagan take on Las Vegas and the Colorado Plateau has turned into a vastly bigger undertaking than I initially imagined. Bigger than a single blog post – but really clarifying in helping me get a better grasp […]
Jonathan Zasloff at Mark Kleiman’s Reality Based Community has an interesting discussion of a passage in the Old Testament which, if taken literally, admits the Jewish God is one among many. Of course for us this comes as no surprise. But […]
I got up this morning on the east side of California’s Sierras and made it into Sebastopol this afternoon. A long trip, mostly good. While among the canyons and cliffs the web was pretty far from my mind – inconvenient […]
Anyone wishing something worthwhile would come out of Washington has got to be disappointed in the outcome of Tuesday’s elections. Disappointed, but not surprised. Even though as both a party and on almost every issue the Republicans poll begind the […]
I’m busy packing for two weeks on the road, starting tonight. My hit on the election will come later – no time right now and it’s best to get a little perspective. Have at it!
I imagine most of my readers already voted by mail or are planning to vote today. If you are teetering on staying home because the weather sucks or the Democrats are a disappointment, remember that (in almost every case for […]
I was asked to show our script for Samhain. I think it is appropriate as it gives a sense of what many Wiccans do tonight or tomorrow night. So below the fold I have reproduced our script.
I’ve been busy polishing our ritual script for Samhain (pronounced “Sow-win”), which we will celebrate the 30th. I hope every other Pagan reader of this blog will have an opportunity to observe and celebrate this time as well. I think […]
I just saw the movie Agora, and I believe every Pagan would be well advised to see this account of the life and death of Hypatia. She was the greatest of Classical women philosophers, and apparently a great philosopher by any […]
I hope everyone reads Michael Moore’s letter to Juan Williams.
Two episodes to keep in mind whenever a ‘Christian’ right spokesperson says they oppose terrorism and murder. To put it bluntly, they do not. They advocate it. Encouraging terrorism and murder of American citizens. Advocating mass murder abroad using the same […]
It’s come to my attention that at least one person has repeatedly sent in a comment and been told I must approve it. (Beliefnet’s system has occasionally told me I had to personally approve my OWN comments.) I never received […]
(Revised and deepened) This month has been Pomo Honoring Month in Sebastopol, and yesterday I went to see Hinthel Gaahnula (Talking Indian) a film produced by James BlueWolf giving a narrative history of the Clear Lake Pomo from shortly before contact […]