Month: July 2017

Compromise, or how to deal with not getting exactly what you want by DM Koffer

This post is about compromise.  Now, you might be thinking, “what does compromise have to do with being Pagan?” Quite a bit, actually – if you practice Paganism, you’re probably not going to get exactly what you want.  You can expect that, whether you’re joining […]

Mental Illness Kills

I thought that this would be a good subject considering that recently Chester Bennington died of suicide. I love Linkin Park and went to their Projekt Revolution Concert as my second Ever Concert. I loved their lyrics and felt very connected with those lyrics. When […]

CareBear Stare

Every time I see “sending thoughts/energy/prayers/etc.” on social media, I cringe. It’s not that I don’t believe in the power of energy healing, because I do. “One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the […]

Remembering the Ancestors on the 4th of July

As I began writing this, the crackle-sizzle and rumbling boom of pyrotechnic color displays were drowned out by firecracker gunners and flash-bang mortar fire, rattling windows and setting off car alarms. It’s as if the current, Hindenburg-esque fire show that is America isn’t enough; folks […]

Thinking Theologically: Sacred Texts and Sacred Text by LV Boloix

In the pagan and polytheist communities, generally and across the board, I’ve observed a strange love/hate relationship with the concepts of sacred texts. Many in our communities express disgust, hatred, or apathy towards the idea of having a sacred text, mostly out of (mis)understanding a […]

The Gods Don’t Need Your Damn Religion

Sometimes, even often, modern people discover that the ancient patterns of those relationships are not working for them, and indeed not what the Gods are asking for.  When the mindset discourages people from listening to their lived experiences with the Powers, they either work to ignore their experiences (which means on a certain level ignoring those beings) or they leave the oppressive structure that does not allow for what their Gods and spirits want.

Upcoming Flying Ointment Classes

Posting my recent review of Thomas Hatsis’ The Witches’ Ointment reminded me to post the info for a classes I’m teaching this summer on that very topic. This summer I’ll be doing my Unguentum Sabbati class in two places: at TempleFest in New Hampshire and right […]

Save The Planet: Embrace human power and agency as sacred.

Welcome to the Anthropocene, and congratulations: you are now the now the dominant natural force on the planet. There is an island of plastic bits and shopping bags in the Pacific. Sea life is turning up dead on our shores. The ice-caps are melting. The […]

Book Review: The Witches’ Ointment – The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic

Title: The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic Author: Thomas Hatsis Rhizome Rating:  4 out of 5 The Witches’ Ointment is a topical book I’ve been hoping someone would write for a very long time. I was apprehensive with my wait because I was hoping […]

From Eridu to Shuruppak and Everywhere in Between by Sam Jackson

I’ve recently been given the opportunity to begin working with members of The Temple of Sumer, a collective of pagans devoted to reviving and reconstructing the religion of the people of the Ancient Near East, specifically that of the Sumerian people. The direction that I […]