You would be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree with the notion that the earth is the source of all life. And if you do find such a dolt, introduce them to a farmer who will give them a nice long lecture. But leap from an empirically confirmed reality to the notion that… Continue reading Is Mother Earth Actually Alive?
I see Divinity in my own Backyard
In a previous blog post I described the biblical creation story as a fairy tale. And while I hold that as a literary genera, that the description is absolutely correct, it nevertheless fails to fully grasp the defining influence that the story has had on Western culture. Calling it a fairy tale is not an… Continue reading I see Divinity in my own Backyard
A Pagan Looks at the Biblical Creation Story
Where do you find divinity? For some folks it’s a god somewhere up there, beyond the stars as if was even possible to move beyond the stars. At one time way back when, according to the Western bible, space was nothing but a void. Or, perhaps, space itself, the space our universe occupies, did not… Continue reading A Pagan Looks at the Biblical Creation Story
Celebrating the new moon
Celebrating the time of the new moon is like celebrating Yule/Midwinter also known as the Winter Solstice. It is a time of hope and of new beginnings, a time of restarting or starting anew, a time of rebirth. By the same token, the full-moon is like Midsummer, the sun and the moon are both at… Continue reading Celebrating the new moon
The Fall Equinox Approaches!
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Fall Equinox is celebrated in less than two weeks (it is September 22nd this year in the Eastern Pacific, but on the 23rd in Europe and most of the United States) as Mabon, also called Harvest Home. (Those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate the Spring Equinox, Ostara, at this time.)
Mike Nichols writes of the day: “Mythically, this is the day of the year when the God of Light is defeated by his twin and alter ego, the God of Darkness. It is the time of the year when night conquers day.” The metaphor for the natural solar cycle is perfectly clear, and easily appreciable by naturalists. Likewise with the agricultural myth of John Barleycorn, personification of the ripened grain:
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A History of Who Pagans Are
Pagan was a term that originally simply meant country dweller. In the fourth century, early Christians began using it to describe people in the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism. Of course, it had become a pejorative to describe any kind of polytheism in much the same way as the ancient Israelites labeled non-Israelites as idol-worshippers.… Continue reading A History of Who Pagans Are
My Journey into Paganism
I'm not a pagan by design. I didn't plan it that way. I'm a Jew by birth. And I've even flirted with several flavors of Christianity. But Christianity was a bust since to be a Christian demands an adherence to a set of beliefs. while it's true that each Christian sect has their own unique… Continue reading My Journey into Paganism