Category Archives: Pagan Ethics

One Pagan’s Ethics & Forgiveness

Forgiveness requires a certain breaking open of the heart. It requires an openness, a release. Compassion is a doorway to forgiveness.

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One Pagan’s Ethics and War

On the one hand there is this: our fierce, bloody warriors. Battle paint, sacrifices, divination, blades blessed to strike true, protection marked on the skin, sacred drinks quaffed.

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One Pagan’s Ethics and Self-Care

We are all worthy of care. No one is inherently undeserving. Self-care is a part of self-love, which then becomes the basis for care and love for others. Even those who have committed terrible crimes are worthy of and benefit … Continue reading

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One Pagan’s Ethics and Protecting Community

Wait, you might be thinking. Haven’t you been talking all along about everyone’s inherent divinity? How everyone deserves help, compassion, forgiveness? Doesn’t this idea of personal protection go against all that?  Doesn’t everyone deserve protection? Well….yes.

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One Pagan’s Ethics and Sex

Almost nothing incites more controversy than sex. Among pagans, there’s generally a “live and let live” attitude. Yet, we vary widely as to what that means. My own feelings about sex can be summed up in two short phrases: consent … Continue reading

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One Pagan’s Ethics & Help

Unasked for help is often unhealthy. Strangers don’t know each other well enough to know what’s helpful. I’ve had strangers “help” me in ways that left me feeling creeped out, ashamed, disempowered, and upset. In closer relationships, helping without asking … Continue reading

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One Pagan’s Ethics and Personal Protection

I’ve always been intrigued by fealty. I love books with good kings (yes, pretty much all the ones I read as a kid had kings, not queens) and their loyal knights. There’s something sacred about that bond which really resonates … Continue reading

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One Pagan’s Ethics and Enough

I suppose these writings on “enough” are not ethics so much as cosmology. World view. And yet, this is such an essential underpinning of my and other pagans’ way of being in the world and thus extends naturally into ethics. … Continue reading

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One Pagan’s Ethics & Beauty

I’m going to get introspective on y’all this year. More so than usual, I mean. I’ve been thinking a lot about ethics, about where they come from and how they relate to religion. To paganism, specifically. I started out thinking … Continue reading

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