Category Archives: Essays

Essays on a variety of topics.

Feminism and Our Pagan and Nordic Roots

Back in July, I posted a response to #YesAllWomen on our Facebook page. Harassment is a problem in the pagan community. It probably has been since its inception. Harassment has definitely been a problem since I became a pagan back … Continue reading

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Boundaries for Your Safety

Happy New Year! Years ago, I wrote a series of articles about religious abuse. They had been prompted by an overwhelming wave of reports about abusive group leaders in my area. While I was sifting through the stories, I found … Continue reading

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Mixing Religion and Politics

As is the style in our United States, conversations about religion, religious values and how that qualifies or disqualifies a candidate for political office is part of the election season. The People for The American Way has gone to a … Continue reading

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Engaging the World

The beginning steps of  energy work and spirit work are internal work. Through trial or trauma, we decide to engage that shadow us that Jung wrote about; that wounded, scarred, arrested development, rage-filled, frightened, broken person that lives inside of … Continue reading

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Stigmas on Mental Disorders

This is a revised version of a previously published essay. There is a huge stigma on mental illness and on mental health professionals in much of the western world, which gets in the way of honest discourse and helping people … Continue reading

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The Okay Plateau and the Occult

In Moonwalking With Einstein, Josh Foer discusses something called the O.K. Plateau: In the 1960s, the psychologists Paul Fitts and Michael Posner tried to answer this question by describing the three stages of acquiring a new skill. During the first … Continue reading

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Conversations with the Dying: Five Wishes, Wish One

My son’s father’s sister and my friend for over 20 years was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  She is an amazing, independent, insightful and gentle person. As she is the 3rd person in that family to be diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Sex and Gender Identity: Part 2, Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria

Last time we discussed the complexity of what defines male and female in terms of physical sex. This time, I am going to attempt to give a little information around the much more nuanced issue of gender identity. Gender identity … Continue reading

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Sex and Gender Identity: Part 1, Sex

After reading a few different perspectives on what happened at PantheaCon both this year and last year, along with a few of the perspectives in the book Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism, I figured it would help to provide … Continue reading

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My Bigotry Is Not Better than Your Bigotry

This is part 2 of my stroll through the field of landmines, emphasizing ideas about community, inclusion and exclusion. As I mentioned in my last post, Z. Budapest has been a strong  feminist and Dianic voice in the pagan community … Continue reading

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