Religious Kitcsh: Barbie Does Dharma

Secret Spells Barbie – “An ordinary schoolgirl by day, Secret Spells Barbie transforms at night. Open the included book to discover the mysterious compartment holding her secrets. Includes fun, potion-making accessories, including two mixes for making magic potions you can really drink.” Razanne – The “modest” Muslim alternative to Barbie – “At first glance, thisContinue reading “Religious Kitcsh: Barbie Does Dharma”

Post mortem after the Blue Moon

In some ways last night’s Goth Under a Blue Moon Festival at Enmore reminded me a lot of my adolescent head banging days (and not just because of the spiked accessories some were wearing and the thrash metal music store situated at one end of the strip). It was the sense of communitas evident in alternatives andContinue reading “Post mortem after the Blue Moon”

Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible

Unicorns are a popular creature of mythology but did you know some people interpret them into the Bible? I recently came across a reference to unicorns which stated: The word “unicorn” is based on the Hebrew word re’em (“horned animal”), in early versions of the Old Testament translated as “monokeros”, meaning “one horn”, which becameContinue reading “Unicorns, Satyrs, and the Bible”

In Search of the Spiritual

Newsweek’s cover story this week is about spirituality in America and how an explosion of personal ecstatic religiosity is spreading. I note that Paganism is now being listed alongside mainstream faiths and the diversity of the movement is acknowledged. The author recognises a distinction between pantheism and panentheism so its apparent he’s done significantly moreContinue reading “In Search of the Spiritual”

Wiccans and Christians – Mutual Challenges over States of Mind

Reflecting on Philip Johnson’s article, “Wiccans and Christians: Some Mutual Challenges” and his book “Jesus and the God’s of the new Age”, I am inclined to expand on his suggested challenges by drawing out a few more which specifically relate to shifts in consciousness. These are: Consciousness of creation’s aliveness. Consciousness of creation’s inter-relatedness. ConsciousnessContinue reading “Wiccans and Christians – Mutual Challenges over States of Mind”

This Way To Faerie Land

“Faerie Land is separated from our own world, by a veil of consciousness.” Or so writes Alicen Geddes-Ward at Faeriecraft, who advocates meditation as a tool for contacting the fey folk. I find their take on the imagination intriguing. It’s a far cry from the pain and dirt reality of the cross. And I mustContinue reading “This Way To Faerie Land”

Potent Poetry

I’ve recently been reading Margot Alder’s “Drawing Down the Moon” and was noting again the significant impact of poetry on Pagan spirituality. I think the resurgence of interest in poetry evident in Paganism, the emerging church, and the poetry slam scene is one of those characteristics of postmodernism. I’m finding its a great non-musical expressionContinue reading “Potent Poetry”