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Recent posts at The Zen Pagan
Posted on Thursday June 23, 2022
"It's what we owe the past. What we owe those who invented speech, writing, mathematics, music, democracy; our debt to the discoverers of coffee, tea, beer, wine, the lever, electricity. We can't pay them royalties on their discoveries, so we pay them forward, our user's fee for civilization."Posted on Thursday April 28, 2022
Be wild. Disrespect convention. Steal ideas, steal fire from the gods, steal the gods themselves. Because the miraculous thing about these sort of "thefts" is that they don't take anything anyway from anyone.Posted on Tuesday February 22, 2022
I think the first time I encountered the word "techno-pagan" was in the late 1990s, in Nancy Lebovitz's calligraphic button catalog. But when I saw that, immediately, I was like, "hey -- that's me!" And it's not just me. Any gathering of Pagan folk is likely to have a disproportionate percentage of STEM folks.Posted on Saturday January 08, 2022
As I was thinking about the new year, the word that came to mind is "shifting". It's a word with several meanings useful to the time: to move; to manage to get along or succeed by one's self; to get along by indirect, expedient, or evasive means; to change; to put something aside and replace it. Posted on Saturday December 18, 2021
Perhaps when we wish each other "Happy Holidays" in recognition of the number of festivals which occur around the Winter Solstice (remember, axial tilt is the reason for the season!), we should include Thirteenth Amendment Day in that list.
Recent posts at The Weird Turn Pro
Posted on Sunday May 30, 2021
Giving anyone the power to label someone "fascist" and censor them is far more of a threat than a handful of Nazi punks.Posted on Monday May 24, 2021
The story starts with British imperialismPosted on Wednesday May 12, 2021
Imposition of Order = Escalation of Disorder. "Armed with the Law of Eristic Escalation and Fenderson’s Amendment any Posted on Wednesday May 12, 2021
imbecile – not just a sociologist – can understand politics."
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson Inarguablely, we live in weird times. So: welcome to The Weird Turn Pro. This will be sort of a companion to my blog The Zen Pagan: TZP will focus more on matters of magick and spirit, while TWTP will focus on political philosophy, commentary, and analysis.
Posted on Wednesday May 05, 2021
Posted on Thursday May 06, 2021
I will be presenting at the Starwood Festival, July 13-18, in Pomeroy OH or on your computer screen.
And Saturday, July 11, after the Concert, I will be working with the Family of Fire to put on the Virtual Bonfire
We're doing outdoor karate classes during the COVID-19 crisis. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15pm.Posted on Tuesday June 29, 2021
Open to all! We love absolute beginners!
See our website or the Catonsville Seido Karate Facebook page.
Grab a drink (from your own fridge) and settle in from some tunes with The Reverend Tom Swiss, in the comfort of wherever you are! Activate your telepresence device and join me for original tunes, traditional songs, and folky rock covers. Maybe a poem or three...
(A whimsical name; there will not, actually, be whales here.)
Videos on YouTube
Posted on Tuesday February 22, 2022
A talk by Tom Swiss from the Winterstar Symposium, February 12 2022, on the intersection between technology and the Neopagan movement: Technopaganism.Posted on Saturday July 03, 2021
Fun times asking young conservatives (I'm guessing by the American flag outfits and calling me a "communist" and a "liberal" and "homosexual" as insults (I'm none of those)) with illegal fireworks at the local middle school to stop rattling my windows and scaring the dog.Posted on Friday February 26, 2021
Haven't heard someone get called gay for having an earring since the 1980s...
I can see this school from my bedroom window. So when morons let off big fireworks over there (not talking about a few bottle rockets, but big booms), it rattles my windows. A few times I've gone over to ask folks to cut it out, and usually get an "oh, sorry". But these fine young specimens seem to want more attention, so, here you go guys.
Point is, sometimes (often, I think) you can confront people who are acting badly in a non-violent, non-aggressive manner. A lot of people are scared to do that, so, here's what it looks like: it's not really so scary.
Presented at the WinterStar Symposium, February 12 2021, by Tom SwissPosted on Monday July 20, 2020
The Five Step Model of Magickal Ritual
1. Decide what you want. ("Set intention.")
2. Do weird stuff. ("Raise energy")
3. Make the weird stuff connect in your mind with what you want. ("Direct energy")
4. Seal the deal. ("Cool down")
5. Get off your ass!
Lecture notes and more information:
Some thoughts about what zazen can teach us about addiction and substance abuse, from the July 19 2020 episode of our Sunday Afternoon Sitting mediation series.Posted on Monday June 15, 2020
There is a Japanese proverb: the man drinks the first pitcher of sake; the first pitcher, drinks the second; and then the sake drinks the man.
Easy Zen-style meditation with instructions, and a little talk on the Japanese proverb "It is easier to find a thief in the mountains than a thief in your own heart." (If you want to skip ahead to the talk it start at about 35:17.)
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