“Truth Will Out”

My grandmother had a love of quoting Numbers 32:23 “… be sure your sins will find you out.” There is a kind of tragic irony to its use in the Bible belt (where I was born and raised). This particular quote comes from Moses exhorting the tribes of Israel to genocide in the name of…

Charles Dickens’ Paganism

I have to admit that I am post-dating this to the Winter Solstice, but hopefully it will not be utterly without some degree of illumination. The holiday of the Winter Solstice is celebrated almost globally whether in its guise of Yule, Saturnalia, Dongzhi, or even Haudeshaune. It’s true that it is not celebrated universally, but that…

The Weight of Diversity

Few of the words that have become politically charged are more sacred than ‘diversity.’ As pagans, the concept of diversity is central to our perception of reality. There are many gods, each a divine, supernal reality unto themselves and from which ontological moments emerge into our awareness, but diversity as a political is rarely questioned. If…

What’s the Story?

There is a terrible, wonderful power to narrative. We live and die by it. It shapes our thoughts, our perceptions, our very reality in ways that we cannot even — or at least don’t often — imagine. The Magic of the Tale Our pagan forebears knew this far better than we. It is well remembered by those…

The Hel We Want

Truth has a kind of gravity to it. In the first decades of the ninth century as Alcuin was guiding Charlemagne’s Court School to greater feats of Roman hero-worship, he spoke out against the idea that “vox populi, vox dei:” ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God,’ but there is a truth…

Secret Paganisms in Beetlejuice

It’s been too long since I last updated the Pagan Sermon, but I could never let Samhain pass by without posting something. It seemed appropriate to begin the festival noting some distinctive yet unobtrusive paganisms in our current society. What better area than cinema? View from the Other Side It always amazes me how human…

Pagan Time: Ritual of the Gods

After last night’s marathon post, tonight’s will be fairly short and to the point. After all, I fully expect you to be out drinking and celebrating and not at home reading blogs! Incidentally, the image attached to this post is from the Daily Mail. You can read the article it’s from here. Strange Bedfellows The strange…

Pagan History: the Eagle’s Eye View

History is the collection of stories that we tell about our pasts to make sense of who we are now. They can and most often do look to the future and are never simply a recounting of events that have happened. There would be no point to learning history if it were simply the sum…

Rebooting the Clock

This is the first in a series of posts looking forward to the Equinox in just a few days. It’s setting the stage, as it were, for what I think is a big idea. Even if you decide that it’s a fool’s errand, it’s worth the mental exercise in thinking it through because it sheds…

Inside Out at the New Moon

Strange faces in the window when no one is there, odd sounds on the wind when nothing seems to be stirring; I’ve come to expect these kinds of things at the new moon. There is something about the darkness of the new moon that is more than simple lack of light. I remember reading Kathryn Robin’s…

Nature, Home, and the Tyranny of Place

‘O see ye not yon narrow road, So thick beset with thorns and briers? That is the path of righteousness, Tho after it but few enquires. ‘And see not ye that braid braid road, That lies across that lily leven? That is the path of wickedness, Tho some call it the road to heaven. ‘And…

Pigs to Pigeons and Back: the Long Game

This is the third day of Lughnasadh and the New Moon to boot: a time of beginnings in the face of endings when what is solid, tangible, and physical is most in tune with what is rarified and abstract. A fitting time to talk about paganism past, present and future. Don’t worry: this is not…