Down to the core

Sometimes we talk about balancing the elements in ourselves: balancing the wild passion of Fire with the practicality of Earth; balancing the emotions of Water with the intellect of Air. It strikes me that that’s a bit like balancing by focusing on your limbs. Balance isn’t in your arms and legs – it is in…

Down to the core was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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As above, not so below

I’ve never been too fussed about always going clockwise in Circle, and the Silver Spiral tradition doesn’t have it as a requirement. We sometimes forget to tell guests and start off watching them awkwardly spin three-quarters clockwise instead of one quarter counter-clockwise until they realize that we don’t bother. Up to them, though; if deosil…

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The philosophy of boycotting Lughnasadh

I didn’t do particularly well in university philosophy, so on the scale of depth, this will be closer to a stoner’s “what if this is all just someone’s dream, man” than to a real treatise…   The Allergic Pagan has a brilliant post called “Why I’m Boycotting Lughnasadh“. Reading the comments section, the response post…

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We will be ancestors

Ever since this past Samhain season, I’ve kept tripping over information about ancestor worship, working with ancestors, ancestor shrines… These things have never been a part of my personal practice and I still don’t feel called to them now, or, at least, not in the ways I’ve seen them done. There’s nothing wrong with those…

We will be ancestors was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

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,…

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Our place in the cosmos – part 2

  “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos   We are stardust breathing and dreaming and thinking and creating. Our very bodies are made of elements born in centres of long-gone stars.   Eyes evolved and we saw the stars. We are stardust star watching. We are the…

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Not your bird

There are two bald eagles perched majestically on the cross at the top of a beautiful steeple. They are posed picturesquely against the blue sky, seen only by those, like me, who stare at clouds.   Wandering through the side streets on a certain evening, I come across an awesome sight: hundreds of crows in…

Not your bird was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic

Link roundup: inspiration

Source: Hubblesite.org   Being a part of a diverse religious community of passionate people with strongly held opinions can be challenging. Sometimes it is really easy to get caught up in debates and drama and forget how powerful and beautiful our community can be. As organizers begin working on their local Pagan Pride Days, I…

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One sows while another reaps

  Yesterday, a member of my Circle ran a sweet little Lammas ritual on the theme of “as you sow, so you shall reap”. That got me thinking about Pagans, the wheel of the year, and its relationship to nature.   One of the wheel of the year stories we can tell through Pagan rituals…

One sows while another reaps was originally published on We're Made of Mud and Magic