Faith & Healing in Paganism – Postmodern World, Pagan Theology, Pt. III
Author's note: This is part three in a three-part series on some of the challenges of a modern pagan theology. You can also read Part One and Part Two. Part III: The Postmodern Experience While there are religions that are traditionally monist or henotheist, these two views of godhood can be expanded to describe what have become common approaches to nominally "monotheistic" religion in the West. This isn't the strict monism and henotheism which is referenced by Tylor (see previous post), but rather a more open view of what is meant by these terms. Traditional theology and personal theology of a religious adherent ...
Faith and Healing in Paganism: Postmodern World, Pagan Theology: Pt. I
Author's note: This is part one in a three-part series on some of the challenges of a modern pagan theology. Part I: Monotheism and Polytheism, Monism and Henotheism Neopagan religions are often described as fundamentally "polytheistic" — worshiping many gods. This lay classification usually assumes that there are only two options, with the other being "monotheistic." In Western culture, when something is labeled "polytheistic," what is really meant is "more polytheistic than the monotheism of an 'ideal' Christianity." A more accurate description of the way these two terms are commonly used would be "like Christianity" and "other." Any religion that does not match ...
Are the Gods of Nature Male or Female?
I didn’t get to go to PantheaCon last year, for the first time in the past few years; however, I did get to hear from friends about their experiences throughout the weekend as they blogged and tweeted. And so it was that I heard about the CAYA1 Coven’s Lilith ritual and the kerfuffle surrounding it. In a nutshell, the description didn’t make it clear that the ritual was meant only for women, and according to the ritual organizers, only cisgender (as opposed to transgender) women. Several people, both men and trans women, were turned away at the door with much ...
MagickMagic and Science
Magic and science have long been strange bedfellows. Their histories are interwoven, much like the histories of magic and religion, although the story is not as widely known. Many magicians have been scientists; many scientists, magicians. At... [Read more...]
2The Basics of Journaling
Many books and articles that I’ve read, as well as some I have written, espouse writing in a journal. Since middle school I’ve not had a class or person require me to keep one, so a lot of skills that I had back then I lost until... [Read more...]
0Cunning Woman: Mother Demdike and Her Legacy
In 1612, in one of the most meticulously documented witch trials in English history, seven women and two men from Pendle Forest in Lancashire, Northern England were executed. In court clerk Thomas Potts’s account of the proceedings, The Wonderfull... [Read more...]
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MysticismVeiled Issues: Spiritual Work for Money? OMG!
Disclaimer: In case you can’t infer it all by yourself, these are the opinions of Sheta and Sheta only. If my colleagues agree (and actually see this), they can add their plus-ones or whatever. It seems to be a thing with artists and anyone... [Read more...]
7Finding Your Pagan Path
Paganism has enjoyed a grassroots revival over the last forty and more years. It has found many expressions for many reasons: a way to get back at authority figures, a lifestyle for the bored and restless, an RPG for fun loving types, a philosophy to... [Read more...]
0One Thelemite’s View
I consider myself a Thelemite. I’ve never been a member of the O.T.O. or any other magical fraternity, other than a two-week stint in the QBLH. Why? I’ve never been very talented at toeing the line, or at believing things just because someone else... [Read more...]
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