October 2011

The Old Religion?

Neopaganism as a Modern Phenomenon

What exactly is paganism? That might seem like an all-too-obvious question, but it's not as simple as it might first appear, because the connection between ancient pagan religions and modern neopagan religions is far from straightforward.

 

First off, let's set aside the notion that there's any direct historical connection- the idea that the medieval witches were actually underground pagans, or that Gerald Gardner discovered a secret witchcraft tradition, should no longer be taken seriously by anyone. Maintaining these old discredited stories is the neopagan equivalent of insisting that the Earth is actually just 6000 years old.

Search for Miracles

SARK likes to say, “Miracles find me now,” and then wait for them to happen. It’s funny that I am a huge fan of SARK and normally am one of the most resilient, positive people you will ever meet, yet this past year I’ve really let darkness take over. I suppose it’s bound to happen every once in a while, but with two layoffs in two years—first me, then my husband—lots of financial stress, health issues, and pure worry eating us alive, there has been a hell of a lot of tension in our home.