What is ‘pagan’

Language is powerful. Words carry connotations and conjure images that are sometimes correct … and sometimes not. One such word is ‘pagan‘. The word pagan for many people conjures images of animal sacrifice, devil worship and inverted pentagrams. My family generally doesn’t announce our paganism for precisely this reason. As most people don’t fully understand […]

Connectedness – HOW is everything related?

This post came from a comment that was made on my Symbols and Labels post from earlier this month. The commenter asked ‘One thing I don’t get is how is everything related‘. What follows is my take on connectedness or relatedness. The idea of the connectedness of all things is not new and something that […]

Samhain – Celebrating your Ancestors

It’s May 1 – Samhain in the Southern Hemisphere (with Beltane or May Day being celebrated in the north). Samhain is celebrated in the north October 31-November 1  – you might know it best as Halloween. Well, here in the southern hemisphere, the Wheel turns and the earth descends into slumber on May 1 as […]

World Peace – Why don’t we have it?

If everyone wishes for world peace, why don’t we have it? This year’s Anzac Day celebrations across Australia got me thinking about how things just have not changed over the centuries of human existence. Why? Human conflict through the ages has been primarily over differences in beliefs: my god is better than your god; my […]

Symbols and Labels

Recently I had a conversation with my mother which got me thinking about how many people confuse symbols – particularly those we wear – with labels – particularly those they like to apply to us. My mum has taken to wearing a cross – something she took up only very recently and after she found […]