Magic vs. Devotion

I rambled a bit on this in the Paths Between the Pillars comments, and thought it was an analogy I’d like to refer to again later: At least to me, “magic” can be practiced by anyone, regardless of religion, while “devotion” indicates a particular type of interaction within one’s religious/spiritual framework. To make a rather […]

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Paths Between the Pillars

I’m about to let you in on one of my dirty little secrets. Back in high school, and even college, I was “blessed” with the ability to be good in just about any area I chose. I became very used to success: being concert master of not one but two high school orchestras, getting into […]

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Angeline of La Romieu

 I was browsing through Sam Webster’s pieces at Patheos, and while reading his “Restoring Idolatry to Iconolotry” and discussion of zoomorphic icons, I remembered a curious little southern French town my family and I had visited when I was eight. What stuck in my memory was a rather unusual bust of a woman outside the tourism […]

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Dowsing and Deities

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve become somewhat allergic to the devotional current in which many pagan and polytheistic bloggers seem to swim.  Turning over your free will to something without a body (god, spirit, ancestor, whatever), just because it doesn’t have a body, makes me break out in a rash.  However, my limited time exploring devotional […]

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