Category: Paganism

A skill of being, in one way

Sometimes, you don’t know you are preparing yourself. This was not the case when I took a weekend intensive. The class was aiming for being ready to engage in a very intimate conversation. The kind of encounter that can happen at any time and in any place, which goes a lot better the more you […]

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Reemergence

As regular readers know, I broke my arm at a Pagan event three weeks ago. Since, I have been contending with lining up a specialist to do surgery to reset it, having the surgery, and recovery. I am in the boring phase of this process. I can’t do much, and I’m chained to my bed where […]

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Book Review: Pagan Portals – Odin: Meeting the Norse Allfather

This is the first book I’ve read of the Moon Books Pagan Portals series, and I’m glad I picked Morgan Daimler’s work to start with! I went on a binge a couple months ago and bought a whole slew of books on Amazon. Several Pagan Portals and a few other fun ones that I’ll be […]

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Moon Meet 2018—Some Lessons

Our second annual Moon Meet gathering was not what I expected it to be, but it was still wonderful. A cascade of last-minute cancellations brought our numbers down radically, to a core group of six, all of whom had been at the gathering the previous year. I was disappointed not to meet new Atheopagans who […]

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What’s the Buzz about “Vibrant Voices”?

Vibrant Voices: Women, Myth, and the Arts Volume II of Proceedings of the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, edited by Sid Reger and Marna Hauk “Vibrant Voices is an essential guide and touchstone for all future work on women and mythology.” –Miranda Shaw, author of Passionate Enlightenment We proudly launch this beautiful […]

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Acknowledging Islam’s Diversity

Art by Devdutt Pattanaik Published on 5th August, 2018, in Mid-day As a child, I was familiar with two words for God in Islam — one was Khuda and the other was Allah. I assumed that they were synonyms for each other. As I grew up, I learned that Khuda is a Persian (Iranian) word […]

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Nodons: healing god

It may seem strange that in Roman times the British god Nodens, famous for his healing shrine, was associated with Mars, a god more likely to do damage than to cure it. However, other Celtic “Mars” gods such as Lenus and Ocelus were healers, and not just to soldiers or men, but women and children. […]

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Dione and the Oracle at Dodona

The oracle at Dodona was the oldest in Greece, with only Delphi rivaling it in prestige. There was a main temple, probably dedicated to Zeus and Dione, with several smaller temples around the site. (At least one, near the theatre, had dedications to Aphrodite, Dione’s daughter by Zeus, according to local myth.) While Dodona is […]

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Krishna As a Girl

Art by Devdutt Pattanaik Published on 1st September, 2018, in Speaking Tree Back in the year 2011, I went to an exhibition of Sudarshan Sahoo, master stone carver from Odisha, at Jehangir Art Gallery, and saw an image of Krishna, standing with flute in hand. What caught my eye was the nose-ring worn by Krishna […]

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