Category Archives: Essays

Essays on a variety of topics.

Ethics in Divination: Health

In John Michael Greer’s The Art and Practice of Geomancy one of the topics is something that has deeply concerned me in the Neopagan community for quite some time. Many diviners get asked to do divinations for health. Raven Kaldera … Continue reading

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Telling Your Family About Your Alternative Lifestyle Part Three: The Aftermath

So, you’ve bared your soul, and explained your life to your family. If the gods are kind, your family will respond positively. They will have a new respect for your honesty and integrity in telling them. They will accept and … Continue reading

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Telling Your Family about Your Alternative Lifestyle Part Two: The Talking Plan

Note: I’m not really fond of “alternative lifestyle”. It implies choice where there may not be any. It also sounds frivolous and trivial. And I don’t believe either of those things. But I don’t really have a better term for … Continue reading

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Telling Your Family about Your Alternative Lifestyle Part One: Why?

Note: I’m not really fond of “alternative lifestyle”. It implies choice where there may not be any. It also sounds frivolous and trivial. And I don’t believe either of those things. But I don’t really have a better term for … Continue reading

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Their Practices and Beliefs Do Not Matter

In Jack Kornfield’s Living Dharma–a collection of teachings of various Theravada masters–one of the recurring themes that you see again and again is that in the matter of spiritual enlightenment, do not worry yourself about what others are doing, simply … Continue reading

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When Freedom of Speech Is Hard to Swallow

We belong to an alternative, minority faith. Many in the majority would like nothing better if we didn’t have the legal right to speak and practice. The gods and our forefathers are kind, we have the right to speak and … Continue reading

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Tangling with Metal Tigers: Energy Work in the Concrete Jungle

Last Friday I was invited to a birthday celebration at the VIP section of a popular downtown nightclub. I do not go to nightclubs as a rule, mainly because I do not find much stimulation in going to hang out … Continue reading

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An Icelandic Perspective

It is very easy to get caught up in interpretations and ‘my way is better than your way’ conversations here in America. It is part of our nation’s wyrd to be revolutionary, daring, take risks even when we shouldn’t. I … Continue reading

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Boundaries, Part III: Speaking for the Gods

In my first essay on Boundaries I talked about the emotional boundaries between people. My second essay on Boundaries talked about how to react when someone comes up to you claiming to have a message from a deity, or even … Continue reading

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When Scholarship and Practice Seem to Collide

In the Retrospective Methods Newsletter of December 2010, Rudolf Simek, a respected scholar of Norse mythology wrote an article “The Vanir: An Obituary”.  In that article, he deconstructs the meanings of the words with the vanir root. And through that … Continue reading

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