Yearly Archives: 2010

30 Days, Day 8: Beliefs –- The Power of Prayer

I was surprised the first time I heard the expression that “Heathens don’t pray.” The idea, it seems, is that prayer is something “those Christians do” and not something for those who are strong enough to stand up on their … Continue reading

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Bullying

“When you recognize evil, speak out against it, and make no truce with your enemies” Havamal, verse 127 When I made the choice to practice,  I made a vow before my gods, allies and  ancestors to  to “bring light into … Continue reading

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In Memory: Spirit Day and Bullying

Justin Aaberg, 15 (July 9th) Cody Barker, 17 (September 13th) Asher Brown, 13 (September 23rd) Raymond Chase, 19 (September 29th) Tyler Clementi, 18 (September 22nd) Billy Lucas, 15 (September 9th) Seth Walsh, 13 (September 26th) …and for all those whose … Continue reading

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Gender in NT practice-Women, Men and Seidr

“If women deviate so far from custom and tradition that they wear men’s clothes or adopt any male practice whatsoever in order to be different from others, and also if men adopt any female practice of whatever kind, then the … Continue reading

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30 Days, Day 7: Beliefs –- Magic and Spellcraft

One of the earliest definitions of magic that I came across is one that I still like the best. Crowley’s definition states that it is: [T]he Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will. This means … Continue reading

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Post Frequency

One of the problems I have traditionally seen in sites like this one, that tread the border between blogs and essay sites is a matter of post frequency. Frequently we will see things such as a burst of activity followed … Continue reading

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30 Days, Day 6: Beliefs — Reason, Science, and Spirituality

There are a large body of people out there who seem to think of Religion™ and Science™ at eternal odds with each other. Some of them seem to believe equivalents of that in 2012 all of Science™ will fade and … Continue reading

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30 Days, Day 5: Beliefs — Core Values

This is a slightly edited repost of my previous essay on this subject that I wrote for the International Pagan Values Blogging Month. I considered making a different post on the subject, but this one still feels right. Part of … Continue reading

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30 Days, Day 4: Beliefs — Birth, death, and rebirth

My answer here is largely going to be I do not know. When we get right down to it: I am not a psychopomp. I do not see into the mind of the Norns and their designs, while I may … Continue reading

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30 Days, Day 3: Beliefs — Deities

What is a deity? That, functionally, is the fundamental question. The Heathen gods do not work in the same way as the Christian God is supposed to work. They are not omnipotent, omniscient, or omnibenevolent. They are not immortal. They … Continue reading

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