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Theographies

In the intellectual adventure that is modern paganism, we've reached a pretty significant milestone.

We've actually created a new literary genre: the theography.*

I'll define a theography as, broadly, a book about a specific god.**

Some contemporary theographies are anthologies, with contributions by various writers. Others are a single author's tribute to a particular god.

I'm reading one such now.

I'm enjoying the book. My relationship with my own patron being what it is, I'm always interested to hear what other people have to say about their relationships with theirs.

Every theography must balance traditional lore with contemporary experience, and this author does a good job of doing just that. The book is both well-written and entertaining, with hymns, stories, rituals, and a thorough bibliography. All in all, it's much what you would want from a theography: both informative and useful.

But something is missing here. It's not so much what is being said as what isn't.

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Of animals, people, and kindness

 

I want to turn a commonplace contrasting humans and animals on its head. I am not 100% sure I am on to something important, but am pretty sure I am. And if I am, it is very important. It also powerfully strengthens the case for a Pagan immanentist view of life as permeated by the sacred rather than a transcendental monotheistic one of it as needing its value to come from above.

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  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    Very interesting idea. Thanks for this thoughtful column. I feel that we underesermae our animal brethren, many of whom are kinder

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Why Widdershins

Witches have always been widdershins people.

Down the millennia, we've put up with a certain amount of guff on this account, even back in pagan times.

But everyone needs a little widdershins now and then.

It's applesauce time right now. The thing about apples is, only the whole ones keep. The bruised, the blemished, the ones with broken skins, will never last the winter.

So you cut them up and cook them down with a little salt and cider. Then you run them through the food mill.

Around and around goes the food mill. It's a collar with a screen on the bottom. You turn and turn the handle, always with the Sun; the applesauce trickles out into the bowl beneath, and the screen catches the stems, skins, and seeds.

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Holiday Goodies for home or potlucks

Special Recipes for the Holiday Season

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Jack Pumpkinhead Must Die

Old Jack is dead.

Valiantly he lit the Gates of Summer's End.

Then came freeze.

Now, with thaw, what the squirrels have left sits in a puddle of its own melt: sunken, falling in.

Once he was firm, thunkable. Now, if you tried to pick him up—but please don't try—he'd fall to spongy, rotten pieces.

Soon I'll be bringing out the snow shovel. Its first use of the season will be to shovel up what's left of Jack and take him back to compost.

Yes, Summer's gone, but you know Jack.

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    Made me smile! Great photo too.

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A Light Shines in the Darkness

I have been away for some time. And I have, unfortunately been away for a reason many of us know all too well:  Depression laid me low for several months from early spring all the way through the summer. I did not take the election of the current president of the US well, and my depression was, I believe, a manifestation of the agonies that many people went through at that time. 

I am pleased to report, however, that as the season darkens, my mood lightens, and that as I prepare for my annual winter solstice retreat, Going into the Dark, I delight in the grey and the rain and the lowering clouds of the Pacific Northwest. There is still the occasional visible sunrise or sunset, the first late and the second early, but mostly we are now in the rains of early winter. 

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