By Jason Mankey
[Snip] Long-time readers know that I post a lot about “Christian holidays,” and that’s sometimes met with irritation or bewilderment. “You’re a Pagan, how can you celebrate Easter!?!” I can celebrate Christmas and Easter without a second thought because they aren’t religious holidays to me, and never really were in my family. . . . → Read More: Culturally Christian
By Elena Harris
[Snip] Rule #1: Let your spirit animal chose you
There are many ways to finding out what this special animal is. When starting on the path of the world of the animal spirits, it’s important to remember that a spirit animal cannot be chosen. It “chooses” you.
In most cases, spirit animals . . . → Read More: How To Find Your Spirit Animal
By Melusine Draco
“I’m fascinated by the sea but can only visit the shore on infrequent occasions. How can I use these energies for magical working when I’m at home? Any suggestions would be appreciated.” FC (Derbys)
I’ve just been watching the DVD of The Blue Planet and it’s been a constant reminder of just . . . → Read More: Magic of the Sea
By B.T. Newberg
Were there Naturalistic Pagans in the ancient world?
This is the central question of a new series of essays exploring the historical roots of naturalistic ways among Pagans.
Many may assume that Naturalistic Pagans, who tend to be agnostics or atheists, are an exclusively modern phenomenon. This series questions that assumption, probing . . . → Read More: The Historical Roots of Naturalistic Paganism
(And Everything in Between)
By Jason Mankey
I like to think of myself as a polytheist, but the truth is I kind of waffle back and forth between hard polytheism and half-assed Neo-Platonism. I believe in the gods as separate beings, but I also think of them as connected to something larger. That doesn’t mean . . . → Read More: My Gods are Gay, My Gods are Straight
Two Fundamental Principles of Goddess Spirituality
By Carol P. Christ
[Snip] When I first began to lead Goddess Pilgrimages in Crete, I was inspired by a line in Homer to begin a pilgrimage tradition of pouring libations of milk, honey, water, and wine on ancient stones. At first I knew the form, but not . . . → Read More: Gratitude and Sharing
I shall call it Veritatis Splendor.
This is going to sound dogmatic. Too fucking bad. Some things simply are fundamental.
Belief matters. Belief in general, sure. But I’m specifically talking about belief in the gods. Belief in them as actual, living beings, beings that are self-willed with active agency in the . . . → Read More: I Am the Pagan Pope and This Is my Papal Bull
Ancient and Modern Polytheists
By Tess Dawson
I was inspired to create a pocket guide to polytheists and alternative religions centered on the Middle East. These movements are growing. Very little was available when I started out as a qadish fourteen years ago, and now Middle Eastern-based religions are sprouting up everywhere. I will present . . . → Read More: Know Your Middle East Religions
By K. L. Noll
Abstract: “Canaanite religion” is a controversial term because the Bible and some religious scholars distinguish between Canaanite and Israelite religions. However, biblical and archaeological data suggest that Israelite religion was one local variety of the larger, regional Canaanite religion. Canaanite religion is the religion of all peoples living on the eastern . . . → Read More: Canaanite Religion
By Christopher Scott Thompson
In the ancient Celtic world, there were people with names such as Giolla Bride (“Servant of Brighid”), Mog Nuadat (“Slave of Nuada”), and so forth.
We can’t really say exactly what these names meant to the ancient Celts, but we can get a glimpse of different types of devotional relationship that . . . → Read More: Loop of Brighid: The Mysticism of Devotion, Part 2