• “The thing about witchcraft,” said Mistress Weatherwax, “is that it’s not like school at all. First you get the test, and then afterward you spend years findin’ out how you passed it. It’s a bit like life in the respect.” Terry Pratchett
    The Wee Free Men

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  • Just a quick note
    I’ve updated my bio page with a link to Les Cabinets Des Polytheistes, where my story “Spine of the World” is published (and in which people can play Spot The Netjer if they are so inclined), and my less-specific webspace Suns in Her Branches, which is broader than this space (which is specifically for reconstructionist-derived […]
  • Opet article is up
    And can be read here.Filed under: Patheos Links
  • Opet is coming ’round again
    And the Emboatening Crew is once more celebrating by making Kiva loans. You’re all welcome to join us. (My monthly column in Patheos Pagan is about Opet and charitable works, and will be going up tomorrow assuming nothing goes wrong.)Filed under: Festivals, Uncategorized
  • The Art of Being A God
    It’s interesting having one foot in reconstructionist religion and one foot in religious witchcraft, for a lot of reasons. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about lately is the shape of how the gods appear within the context […]
  • Mythopoeia
    Continuing with rambling on the topic of my exploration of pagan movement history, another critical concept: mythopoeia. The word means, literally, “myth-making”, and it is one of the near inescapable traits of at least the origin points of pagan religions. […]
  • Hills of the Horizon: The Past is Another Country
    The problem with extrapolation from history is that nothing is testable. The evolution of a religion over time is not a predictable and easily comprehensible thing, where we can look at a point in time and say, "It was like this then, so it would be like that now." The process of deciding what needs […]

Sometimes I Want To Be More Substantial Than A Reblog

There’s a thing going around tumblr that I’ve now seen a half dozen times, most recently here, which is:

Reblog if you tell yourself a “bedtime story” at night to help yourself get to sleep

It can be anything…a fanfic, a headcanon, a personal fantasy, an original story, smut, whatever. Just reblog if you think […]

Kicking off UU Pagan Sundays

So I am coming to identify myself, mentally, as a UU pagan. (I should probably have a poke at CUUPS at some point, but everything I’ve heard about that has been pretty relentlessly Wiccish.) Coming back to church on a regular basis, feeling ready to commit to connecting with that community, those specific people, involving […]

#mypolytheism: What is a co-religionist?

Spinning off some thoughts from Jack’s Is There Community in #mypolytheism?

I am not sure that there is a robust structural concept of what a co-religionist is in the pagan community. And I’m not just referring to the bit where the Book Wiccan dominant pagan culture sort of talks over everyone else, though yeah, that’s […]

#mypolytheism: Purity and Cleansing

The My Polytheism project is collecting posts and thoughts on the topic of purification and cleansing, and since both primary halves of my practice have a fairly purification-heavy basis, I figured I would write about it. Especially since it’s good to have some basic theological stuff hashed out generally, really.

I have added #mypolytheism to […]

My Polytheism

Inspired by reading this post and this post, and of course the conversations that inspired them to write. (And to ping other people who wrote on this that I found after starting this, let’s say this post and this post.)

My polytheism is a hot mess.

My polytheism doesn’t include having a neat and tidy […]