What sort of spirituality do you normally associate with Vikings? Maybe the ancient myths of Valhalla come to mind? Tales of Odin, Thor and Freyr? Yesterday we saw a different side to Viking spirituality as my family and I explored the Vikings – Beyond the Legend exhibition currently showing at the Australian National Maritime Museum.Continue reading “The Spirituality of the Vikings”
What is your view on moral absolutes? I ask this because I have heard different things from different quarters. For example, former Pagan Carl McColeman has said, “while some Pagans might choose to believe in the existence of metaphysical principles like good and evil, others argue that such principles are useless or could even beContinue reading “A question for the Pagan community”
The Daily Mail has published a fascinating series of images from an Imbolc festival in the UK. It’s well worth checking out.
There are a couple of interesting posts on the Christian origins of Wiccan rituals over at Pantheon. See Is Wicca a Christian Heresy? and The Watchtowers and Abrahamic Wicca. I’m glad this is coming from a member of the Pagan community. It echos my own surprise upon first reading the earlier Golden Dawn rituals, onContinue reading “Are some Wiccan rituals not so Pagan?”
Okay, I gotta pay that one.
The new edition of Sacred Tribes Journal, Vol. 6.1, is now published, focusing on Dark Green Religion, with contributions from Bron Taylor and Loren Wilkinson. If you’re interested in Paganism, nature religions and eco-spirituality you may want to check this out.
I stumbled across an article on Phil Wyman in Salem: Christians, pagans compete (gently) for Salem’s souls. It was quite favourable despite the non-Christian authorship. Isn’t this a beautiful quote: “It was not Christianity as I was used to it, which was someone with a sign on the street, yelling at you,” said Alario, who isContinue reading “Shalom in Salem”
Yesterday, in introducing the book, Encountering New Religious Movements and the Thin Places missional worship experiment, reference was made to a collaborative project “in designing an artistic reinterpretation of the sabbats that visually portrays Christ’s mission.” Well, here’s the actual artwork. You’ll find more, including the explanation at The Wheel and the Tree, the online version ofContinue reading “The wheel of the year and the tree of life”
Survey shows religion still has the numbers but Aussie witches are bemused about being listed as figments of people’s superstitious imaginations. Stacey Demarco miffs, “As for the 78 per cent who don’t believe in witches … I don’t believe in you either.” I’m just chuckling.
Religious persecution is something I find deeply offensive, particularly when persued by people who claim to be followers of the messiah, Jesus. Yet, it has happened, and if we are committed to ensuring it never happens again we must remember. So here is some archive information on the Salem witchcraft trials, something I am truly sorry for.Continue reading “Salem Witchcraft Trials”