What Is Pagan About Karma?

This is the second post for the festival of Lughnasadh and it may not seem overly apparent why I would choose to talk about Karma at the high festival of Lugh, but it’s all about the harvest. Vulgar English loves to talk about sowing what you reap and other quotations from the Bible and no less…

I Swear By That …

The festival of Lughnasadh is one of those festivals, like Imbolc, that easily blends into the background, but there is a profundity to it that is indelible. What I mean is that while the festival itself does not seem to bear an enormous weight to it in our current culture anymore — we no longer hold the…

Natural Law, Pagan Ethics

What do Robin Hood and Merlin have in common? Well, beside the facts that they are both staples of European literary culture and hold an almost hypnotic power over the popular conception of the Middle Ages, they both are manifestations of natural law — Robin Hood in the sense of natural social law and Merlin…

Magic, Magic Everywhere …

We live in a magical world. Except we don’t. Which is it? Well, obviously we live in a magical world, but almost no one sees it that way, and even those of us who do see the world as magical suffer the dominant paradigm and live effectively in two worlds — one mundane and one magical….

A State of Permanence

Today is July Fourth, 2016: Independence Day in the United State of America. It is also the actual New Moon, but I’m doing something different. Now is the perfect time to talk about Statehood, Patriotism, and all that, but there are two problems: 1) the visible New Moon will be tomorrow night, so I will be posting…

What Is Traditional Paganism?

Ní h-ansae: Traditional paganism is the collective commonalities between the many forms of religious practice prior to their eclipsing by monotheistic religions, particularly the Religions of the Book, viz. Christianity, Islam and Judaism. N.B. This post comes at the half-wane. If I post at these times it is because there is some idea or general comment I feel…

At the Height of Summer

I’ve gone through a lot of topics for Solstice this year, and since many other pagan blogs will be focusing on the different celebrations or use of it, I thought I would focus on something more thematically in keeping with this high festival of the sun at its peak and the moon at its fullness:…

A New Moon

The New Moon is a good time to start. Period.

From the Ruins …

This blog was a big part of my life a few years ago. I was working as an academic and my own form of paganism was a fairly big part of that, but about three years ago — closer to four really — I decided academia was insufficient to my life’s purpose and decided to…

6. Céilsine — Finances and Cíosanna Dlite

This is the description of the sixth roinn saoghail that I introduced in my post, ‘Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras.’ For an overview of the entire system, see that post. In our modern context this relates to money and business, but the original word implied relationships that were set by specific contracts and in which one member…

7. Gairm — Career and Personal Advancement

This is the description of the seventh roinn saoghail that I introduced in my post, ‘Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras.’ For an overview of the entire system, see that post. This word is a calque of the Latin word uocatio, which in English has been translated as ‘calling.’ In this arena we advance ourselves, our aspirations and ambitions…

4. Fine — The Family

This is the description of the fourth roinn saoghail that I introduced in my post, ‘Ceud Cheuman air an Ath-thuras.’ For an overview of the entire system, see that post. In traditional society, the family was central to a sense of identity. Marriages, wealth, and even friendships were considered family affairs. Some scholars have even gone so far…