Feels like ever since John Halstead wrote his two part posts about facing the climate crisis as pagans and accepting death, I have been thinking about little else. The premise–that it’s already too late and we should find graceful, humane ways of passing on to wisdom and insight–was not an easy pill to swallow for […]Read more "Dying to Live Again"
Where and when are the roots of our mythic alienation from Nature and our impulse to colonize landscapes, peoples, and ourselves? A long while ago, I attempted something like a decolonization of the “Western mind” (with all the fallacies inherent in that) by way of healing ancestral trauma for European-descended folks. In those posts, I […]Read more "Seeking Origins"
This sometimes brilliant critique of paleo-archaeology’s blind-spots, and the resulting light it sheds into the prehistory of magic, can sometimes feel scattered and over-ambitious. But, then again, that’s commendable scholarship on the author’s part, rather than something to sneer at. I just wish he’d separated this massive tome into two volumes, rather than one. The […]Read more "Reviewing: Star.Ships"
I hope you get this book and read it, because it is an extremely important text, not just for for the pagan religions thriving in the world today, but for future generations as well. This succinct book was by Mathew Sydney and subtitled, “A Workbook for Developing a Pagan Spiritual Ecology.” (Full Disclosure: Mathew is a […]Read more "Reviewing: Sacred Land"
One realization dawned on me, more than any other, while walking and enjoying myself through the weekend festivities at Sunfest 2018: Whether the thousands of people partying knew it or not, they were celebrating Beltane. It was the weekend after the three-day window given for the traditional Celtic celebration and there was no overt religious imagery […]Read more "Celebrating the Rites"
I don’t know what these are or what they might mean to you, reader. The messages were soft and those beyond took their turns speaking, then stepping back. I suspect incense, nightfall, and Paleowolf’s music played a role. I did my best to “translate” and organize the erratic patterns of speech on the fly. I hope […]Read more "Listening for Meaning"
I propose that Nature is the absolute ground of being for all spiritual matters, regardless of where a person may place their religious focus. Formulated in this manner, individual spiritual practices are not invalidated. Adopting this worldview—or rather, grounding one’s perception to include this reality—provides the spiritual seeker a vast new field of possibilities roughly […]Read more "The Ground of Spirit: A Manifesto"