Designing awe

There are moments of incredible natural awe that some of us are lucky enough to experience. I’m collecting those moments, and I hold to my heart a double rainbow, the view from 3000 feet as I rise on a thermal in my paraglider, the first sight of a gorgeous tropical waterfall after a long hike,…

Designing awe was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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Becoming Pagan 101

We’re not generally a religion that tries to convert people, but we are sometimes called a religion of converts – even now, very few Pagans grew up in the faith. Pagan Pride Project events might be as close as we come to proselytizing, simply by virtue of being public and publicized events. We’re into Pagan…

Becoming Pagan 101 was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Our big questions – part 6: Our Pagan symposium

Last weekend, my spiritual family gathered around a dinner table to talk theology and eat and drink. It was the first Silver Spiral Pagan Symposium, as inspired by this post in “Under the Ancient Oaks”.   The Symposium was doubling as my birthday party, so my partner and I had hired a chef as a…

Our big questions – part 6: Our Pagan symposium was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Responsible to the centres

This past weekend, I went to my 18th Gathering for Life on Earth. There were rituals, and swimming, and workshops, and feasting, but best of all, there were juicy conversations. One of my favourite people to talk to every year is a brilliant woman who runs a local Pagan choir and who does a sung…

Responsible to the centres was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Skeptical, not cynical

The flip side of the “so naive” story about believers is a story about non-believers: “so cynical”.   Exclamations of awe and wonder often refer to deity and divinity: Oh my god! Jesus! Heavens above! Praise god! Amen! Thank god!   When we see beauty so great that we lose words… When we receive a…

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Paganism without faith

“I wished I could believe like that. It must be so comforting…”   There are all kinds of Pagans. I hang out with a lot of humanists and skeptics, and fewer mystics and believers, so I hear the above phrase a lot. I’ve said it a few times myself.   There’s something condescending in that,…

Paganism without faith was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

The value of consent

Many prominent Pagans are now talking about consent culture and how to make Pagan spaces safer. It particular, I would recommend Christine Kraemer’s Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games, Yvonne Aburrow’s Silence equals complicity: making Pagan groups safe for everyone, Shauna Aura Knight’s Harassment and Boundaries, and especially Stasa Morgan-Appel’s Some Experiences with…

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Our big questions – part 4: circling from awkward to graceful (and back)

I listen to a lot of storytelling podcasts, so I’m afraid I don’t remember where I heard the story, but someone was talking about a horribly embarrassing situation and how one young person responded: “Awkward.” The storyteller, an older man, expressed admiration for a generation for whom the major value scale is graceful versus awkward,…

Our big questions – part 4: circling from awkward to graceful (and back) was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic