My very first public pagan ritual was a bit of a surprise.
I had been identifying as “Pagan” for almost a decade before I ventured to meet other Pagans in the flesh. I had learned about Paganism from Margot Adler’s Drawing Down the Moon, Starhawk’s The Spiral Dance, and Graham Harvey’s anthology, Paganism Today: Wiccans, Druids, the Goddess and Ancient Earth Traditions for the Twenty-First Century. So I had a certain vision of what I thought Paganism was: spiritually profound, intellectually nuanced, politically progressive, philosophically naturalistic, and competent in the execution.
What I discovered was something very different.Read More
After a half century, most people alive today don’t remember the Apollo missions, which landed humans on the Moon. How wonderful to be able to see our return to the Moon, appropriately named after Apollo’s sister, the goddess Artemis!
Our family is planning the gifts for Winter Solstice/the holidays, as many of us are. Celebrating the Winter Solstice (December 21 this year) gives us an even shorter time than most Americans for holiday planning and waiting for delivery, so with still some weeks before the Winter Solstice, here are some gift ideas to give or ask for! Of the items here, many will help your spiritual practice, enriching your daily life for you and your family.
The Wonder podcast often reveals insights which, though they have been hiding in plain sight, I’ve not noticed for years, if ever. Episode #28 supplied another one – one much larger than the episode which contained it – that Paganism – including many kinds of Paganism, from hard polytheism through Naturalistic Paganism – is, in many ways, fundamentally different from most other religions.
Happy Samhain! As the darkness falls this Samhain night, our trillions of Ancestors visit us. Who are they? What can they offer you for your struggles today? They can help you anytime during the year – not just now – if you ask.
For many of our Ancestors, eclipses were times of terror and dread. Now we can forecast them with precision down to a fraction of a second, and understand well what is going on. Because eclipses never happen singly (a solar or lunar eclipse always has one of the other type ~14 days away), that “block” of two weeks is an “eclipse season”. This year, we are fortunate enough to have Samhain fall right in the middle of an eclipse season! The paired solar eclipse was October 25th, and the upcoming lunar eclipse is November 8th. To me, this is an especially moving concurrence, because eclipses of both types captured the attention of our Ancestors, and both eclipses and my Ancestors are such a big part of my spirituality. Is this true for you?