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Month: August 2017

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But Wait, There’s More!

Through the years I’ve had the opportunity to go to many different services and ceremonies of different religions or faiths with various friends and acquaintances.  In many cases, these opportunities have been educational and informative, interesting, and pleasant. And then there are the ones where, despite my desire to observe and experience from a distance […]

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Brothers and Sisters

For many people, spirituality is a way to become part of a community.  You find acceptance and validation with people who believe what you believe.  Sharing a path with someone can be the foundation for a very deep bond. There are a great many people who walk their spiritual path alone by choice.  I’ve largely […]

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Silence

I’ve notices a lot of mentions and memes about the value of silence lately, and to be honest it’s started to bother me.  Not because I think silence is a bad thing.  Silence can be a very valuable thing.  But there are different kinds of silence, and what I’ve seen much of lately are references […]

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True Value

Some people say they want to be needed. I don’t want to be needed. The problem with being needed is that, as soon as something or someone else comes along to fill that particular need better, you become no longer as useful.  Especially when it comes to relationships, I think the idea that we should […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The World

There’s something bittersweet in finally achieving a long-sought goal.  Yes, success is sweet, and there is triumph in completion.  But the journey is often the best part, and ending a journey can leave us wondering what to do next.  And sometimes success brings changes we didn’t anticipate. It reminds me of an article I came […]

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Luck of the Spiritual Draw

Another one of the ideas that wormed its way into my brain as a kid and set me down the path I’ve traveled is the realization that, had I been born nearly anyplace else in the world, I would likely have been taught a completely different religious belief system.  We put an awful lot of […]

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A Feminist Tarot: Judgment

We all hold on too tight to things we ought to let go.  It’s one of those human commonalities which should make it easier to understand each other but rarely works that way.  And this card tells us to come to terms with those things and let them go. It’s rarely logical, the things we […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Sun

Where the Wheel of Fortune was luck, the Sun is good fortune.  Where the Star spoke of long-term success in the future, the Sun is short-term success today.  When I talked about the Tower and those moments of revelatory devastation leading to motivational clarity, the Sun is the day before that moment when everything seemed […]

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Perhaps I Should Wear a Warning Label

Ironically, of all the big revelations I’ve made to people about who I am and what I believe, my atheism is the one thing which strikes people as dangerous and detrimental. And I know it’s not unusual.  I know I’m not alone in that.  Atheism scares people. The roots of religion in the modern world […]

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A Feminist Tarot: The Moon

From a feminist perspective, this card provokes a rather defensive reaction from me.  After all, it’s this idea of the irrational, moody, emotional female which has been used to restrict and oppress women over the course of centuries.  The image of the uncontrollable insane genius is considered fascinating in men, dangerous in women. This card […]