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The Gods Are Angry

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Wildfires. Drought. Floods. Violent storms.

For pagans, climate change is a religious problem.

It means that the gods are angry.


What do you do when you wrong someone?

You apologize.

You make restitution.

You don't do it again.


Climate change is a man-made problem. We have wronged the gods.


Paganism Lite usually shies from the language of sin, confession, and atonement.

The ancestors, though, did not fear this language. It was, in fact, part of their religious technology for righting wrongs, wrongs done to the gods.


What do you do when you wrong the gods?

You confess.

You offer sacrifices of atonement.

You don't do it again.

Paganism Lite won't get us through the current state of imbalance, through this War of the Elements.

In our day, as the ancestors did, so let us do also.


The ancestors also acknowledged, though, that prayers and sacrifices are worthless without underlying change of behavior. Call it repentance, if you will.

Pagan, in your own life, there are changes to be made. Ask in your heart: what are they?

Let these be your sacrifice.


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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    Anthony Gresham Thursday, 18 August 2022

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Friday, 19 August 2022

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