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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 […]
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 […]
Very cool. The article say a lot and gives links.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Gypsy’s Bring Back the Light has always been one of my favorite Yule songs.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As I was reading some comments on the post immediately below, a “devilish” question came to mind… From a Christian anti-abortion point of view, if it is a human being, does a fetus have original sin? Or is it without […]
Lest we forget the deep hypocrisy of so many who claim to be pro-life, a timely reminder of a woman who died because doctors refused to treat her since doing so might harm a first trimester fetus. Not all pro-life […]
I haven’t offered one of these in a while, and things are still in a bit of turmoil around here – so anyone wanting to introduce a topic, introduce away!
During the tumult of my move, now finally subsiding, a piece I wrote on the future of Paganism appeared on the Patheo site. It has a number of very though provoking pieces on this subject by prominant members of our […]
Someday the more rabid elements within Christianity may come to respect the constitution, individuals, spirituality, and the American people. But not yet. Soldiers stationed in Virginia were punished for not attending a performance by the Christian rock group BarlowGirl as […]
Jon Stewart, as usual, talks more sense with more humor than almost anyone in the country.
And in pictures. Here is another moving example of the soulful reverence that exists within two blocks of Ground Zero.
Theurgy is the late Classical Neoplatonic practice whose closest modern equivalent is Drawing Down the Moon. In both cases the practitioner achieves temporary unity with a deity, and is to some degree transformed in the process. These similarities, along with […]
That says it all. Otherwise an open thread.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
I am on the road or in the air all day. It’s a good time for an open thread.
Beon Wesan has made a lot of mostly enigmatic or incoherent posts over the past day or so. I have a suspicion that Beon is a computer application – or someone who reads a post just enough to be able […]
We recently had a discussion of Gerald Gardner’s involvement with Spiritualism, and it’s possible influence on the Craft. Robert Mathiesen made some very interesting observations about this issue, and not being an expert on Gardner, I contacted some who were. […]
Enough of me. This one’s for you.
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 – […]
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 […]
I haven’t had one of these in a while.
A religious bigot denies a student the right to build a Wiccan altar in shop class because he thinks Wicca is bad. “It scares me. I’m a Christian,” he said. “This witchcraft stuff – it’s terrible for our kids. It […]
Sorn and Low Key have led me to re-examine my comments about Vikings in my post on the loss of America’s soul. The Norsemen were not quite the villains they have been depicted as by Christian historians. They suggested Prudence […]
Anne has a podcast interview of Patrick McCollum’s religious freedom struggle here on Blog o’ Gnosis. It’s worth your while as McCollum gives vastly more detail and depth to this issue than is available in a published format. The two-faced […]
Wild Hunt has done wonderful work in making more information available. See Jason Pitzi-Water’s latest report here. And he also had a piece when McCoillum met with Obama Administration officials to discuss issues such as religious discrimination. Pitzi-Waters quotes McCollum […]
The spirit of the Burning Times is alive and well in California. So I discovered this past weekend at Pantheacon. For years Patrick McCollum has worked to provide Pagan ministerial services for incarcerated Pagans, as is provided by Christian and […]
Pantheacon is starting Friday, Feb 12, and going through Monday, Feb 15, the Presidents’ Day Weekend. I urge any Pagans able to attend to do so. It is a wonderful experience. The San Jose Doubletree is filled now, but the nearest […]
Yes, right in the heart of where the Christian Right did its best to turn our airmen into zealots for Jesus, a stone circle has been officially added to worship facilities at our Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs. The article […]
There will be a Day for Gerald Gardner at the Charge of the Goddess Conference in London, UK, this September 12, 2010. This conference celebrating the life and influence of Gerald Gardner hopefully will interest any Pagans in the British Isles […]
I received this notice of a forthcoming Wicca 101 class by very competent California Pagans. I pass it on in case anyone is interested. Waxing Moon Circle is beginning this year’s annual Wicca 101 class series this upcoming Saturday, January […]
I have been so focused on my own work that I failed to pay any attention to the Pagans presence at the Parliament of the World Religions, held in Melbourne, Australia. My bad. One of the best pieces of news from […]
As many West Coast Pagans know, Pantheacon is the largest Pagan gathering in the West, happening February 12-15, over Presidents’ day weekend in San Jose. I’ve gone for years, seeing old friends, listening to great music, attending cool workshops, and […]
Around one hundred thousand innocent Iraqis have been killed during the Iraq War, possibly considerably more. How many is 100,000? Let us assume the average corpse is 5.5 feet tall. Laid end to end the bodies would stretch 104 miles […]
It rarely freezes in Sebastopol. But ‘rarely’ is far from ‘never,’ and we have been hit with an unusually cold series of days, with temperatures getting into the 20s and teens. My favorite coffee place, Hardcore, had its pipes freeze. […]
Some people and what they call their ‘religion’ never change. See the Wild Hunt for the details. With thanks to Cheryl.
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 […]
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 […]
Brandi- tell me about it.
I just returned from our Sunday Farmers’ Market, which as summer rolls towards its end has become a feast for they eyes as well as the body. Huge mounds of organic tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, broccoli, peaches, spinach, greens and […]
The Second Tragic Flaw Most conservatives have realized that the integral Old Order can never be re-established, and many would not want to now if they could. Modernity’s material advantages are too great. Instead they sing the praises of ‘traditional […]
Coreopsis A Journal of Myth and Theatre is issuing a call for Papers on Shamanism, Trance, and Shamanic Performance. Look interesting? Go on over and take a look. Their submission guidelines are here. They also have an interesting list of […]
This will be a two-part mini essay giving a Pagan perspective on Fascism. Part II in particular will present arguments not likely to be made by either secularists or Christians, although Pagans do not have a monopoly on the points […]
There is a well orgnized corporate funded attack on Democratic Congresspeople’s efforts to meet with their constituents in ‘town hall’ meetings – including shouting down citizens who ask questions the Republican fascists don’t support. It is supported at the top […]
This is open to whomever to bring up whatever.
Franklin Evans in commenting on the last post suggested I host a discussion of what these words mean because he says they are often confused by people. Perhaps they are. Let’s see,
This week some new bloggers will appear. Today I finished a manuscript I’ve been working on for 4 years. It’s working title is “The 60s, the Culture Wars, and the Return of the Divine Feminine.” I am fried.
Here is another open thread where folks can explore what they want, unconstrained by my choices. Based on the successes of last week’s, I will offer a new one every week.
Jason over at Wild Hunt has some very good insights on why every Pagan should be thrilled with Sonia Sotomayer‘s selection for the Supreme Court. Jason’s post is up to his usual excellent standards – give it a read and […]
With thanks to eagle-eyed Valerie, Paula Jean West has just been named the Pagan Travel Examiner at San Francisco’s Examiner.com. Another step forward in our increasing respectabity! Please pay her a visit.
Anne Hill, who has a wonderfully irreverent blog of her own, just sent me a very useful link to charities in harmony with a polytheistic worldview. The list recommends other sites and urges people to send in their own suggestions, […]
For Pagan bookworms, if you do not have Sabina Magliocco’s Neo-Pagan Sacred Art & Altars: Making Things Whole, it is now available at a super sale by her publisher, the University of Mississippi Press. Normally $50, it is now $15 […]
April 25 has been named “World Malaria Day” and among the more positive develpments will be efforts by Christian and Muslim groups in Africa to cooperate against this killer. Among the less positive developments, we can expect a number of […]
When I was reading Starhawk’s argument for why the Pope should apologize, for past crimes by the Catholic Church, I was bothered by a key paragraph that raised other issues. When I wrote my piece in response to David Gibson’s […]
Valerie Voigt reports that a Pagan Veterans association is in the process of forming. Its url is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pagan-Veterans-USA/ Their organizational statement reads: WHEREAS thousands of Pagan men and women have served and are serving the United States of America in […]
Starhawk called upon Pope Benedict to apologize to Witches and other Pagans for past Church actions against Pagans and women in today’s Washington Post. In response David Gibson at Pontifications Blog here at Beliefnet pointed out that she was behind […]
Given that even Fundamentalist Jews can endorse and presumably practice genocide, it is refreshing to see what Pagans are doing in this context. April is Genocide Prevention Month because it is the month when many genocidal events began. An […]
One of the things I like best about Pantheacon is the opportunity to get up to date on new research and discoveries in research on ancient sites of interest to Pagans. And few times are more ancient than Göbekli Tepe, […]
A friend just sent me a WONDERFUL talk by Elizabeth Gilbert at a TED conference. She describes the creative process as many people have experienced it. It rings true in my own experience, and I think it is worth every […]
Not a creative title, but a true one. This is my first post as a Pagan blogger on Beliefnet. I am honored with the opportunity, and hope my words will be of value to both Pagan and non-Pagan readers alike. […]