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Instructive examples on why interfaith work is a good idea

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

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How the “war on religion’ backfired into a war on women

posted by Gus diZerega

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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“Unparalleled” ancient Pagan sanctuary found in Norway

posted by Gus diZerega

Very cool.  The article say a lot and gives links.

Delving into the meaning of Brigid

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Food fraud

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

A Muslim hero in America’s skies

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Bring Back the Light

posted by Gus diZerega

Gypsy’s Bring Back the Light has always been one of my favorite Yule songs.

DC Pagans to Hold Halloween Ceremony Countering the New Apostolic Reformation Cursing Prayer Campaign

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

The Founders, the Constitution and Christianity

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Dancing up the sun at May Day

posted by Gus diZerega

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 “War on Easter”

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Earth Day 2011

posted by Gus diZerega

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, […]

Of Veils and the French

posted by Gus diZerega

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 adopting “Law of Mother Earth” recognizing Nature as having Her own rights

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

The problem of evil and undeserved suffering, Part II: Suffering in the Natural World

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

A Pagan take on the problem of evil and undeserved suffering, Part I.

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Individuality and Coercion

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Setting the stage

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Let’s see if this works now

posted by Gus diZerega

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” […]

Woman jailed because she thought about an abortion

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Conservatives as Satanists

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Open Thread ’cause I’m dry

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Of Egypt, Revolution and Nonviolence

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

A quick comment on abortion and the Bible

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

The US, Egypt and the repudiation of democracy

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Blessings of Mayan Goddess Ixchel Invoked

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Back

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Does a fetus have Original Sin?

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Pro-Life = Pro-Death

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

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!

The Future of Paganism

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Religious Subversion in the Army: soldiers punished for not attending Evangelical concert

posted by Gus diZerega

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, Charlton Heston and the ‘mosque’

posted by Gus diZerega

Jon Stewart, as usual, talks more sense with more humor than almost anyone in the country.

Hallowed Ground in NYC

posted by Gus diZerega

And in pictures. Here is another moving example of the soulful reverence that exists within two blocks of Ground Zero.

Theurgy and Drawing Down the Moon: Theurgicon 2010

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Lammas!

posted by Gus diZerega

That says it all.  Otherwise an open thread.

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

An Epidemic of Teen Shamanism?

posted by Gus diZerega

Maybe.

A New Kind of Spam?

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Philip Heselton on Gardner and Spiritualism

posted by Gus diZerega

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. […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Enough of me.  This one’s for you.

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 – […]

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 […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

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

We Win One

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Vikings in Better Perspective

posted by Gus diZerega

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 Hill’s Podcast Interview with Patrick McCollum

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

More on Patrick McCollum Case

posted by Gus diZerega

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  […]

Patrick McCollum, California and the Constitution

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

diZerega Workshops at Pantheacon

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Stone Circle Added to Worship Areas at Air Force Academy

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Centre for Pagan Studies: Day for Gerald Gardner

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Wicca 101 Class to Begin this Weekend in San Francisco Area.

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Pagans at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

DiZerega Workshops at Pantheacon

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Have at it.

The Sport of Kings…

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Dead Season Musings

posted by Gus diZerega

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.  […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Have at it.

Witch School

posted by Gus diZerega

Brandi- tell me about it.

Sebastopol’s Farmers Markets

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

A Pagan Take on Conservatism’s Contribution to Modern Irrationality. Part II.

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Another one of these.

Attention Pagan Scholars!

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Happy Saturday!

Paganism, Fascism, and America, Part 1 of 2

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Right Wing and Corporate Thugs Attack Americans

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Another Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Yes it is.

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

Y’all know what to do.

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

This is open to whomever to bring up whatever.

Empathy, Understanding, and Agreement

posted by Gus diZerega

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,

New Bloggers Coming!

posted by Gus diZerega

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. 

Open Thread

posted by Gus diZerega

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.

Sotomayer Appointment Good for Pagans

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Opportunities for Pagan Travel

posted by Gus diZerega

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.

Pagan Charities

posted by Gus diZerega

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!

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Malaria, DDT, and Rachel Carson

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Digging Deeper on Starhawk’s Call for Apologies

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Pagan Veterans Organization Forming

posted by Gus diZerega

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 and the Pope

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

Genocide Prevention Ritual

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

World’s Oldest Known Sacred Site Predates Agriculture

posted by Gus diZerega

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,  […]

Wonderful Talk on Creativity and Daimons

posted by Gus diZerega

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 […]

My First Post on Beliefnet

posted by Gus diZerega

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. […]

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More Blogs To Enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting A Pagans Blog. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: The Latest on Pagan and Earth-Based Religions Happy Reading!!! ...

posted 9:39:40am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

Earth Day and the Sacredness of the Earth
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, ...

posted 11:57:03am Apr. 20, 2012 | read full post »

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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