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It’s Pagalicious: My Pagan Articles Are All Over The Internet

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Because of a glitch I couldn’t access my articles at Blogcritics, so I googled myself to find links to my work. I found articles about me or my work that I did not know existed. I‘ve written about everything from hair to hurricanes, but search engines favor my writings on neo-paganism. Citations of my pagan articles are all over the internet; on websites, on a blog, on Blogcritics, on Google, on Yahoo, and most surprisingly, cited as a resource on a
Catholic website. They referred to my article, “Catholicism vs. Witchcraft” as material to help fight cults with. Do you think they read it carefully? I’ve proved what the statistics say, neo-paganism is tremendously popular, but not everyone who cites my articles is a believer. Even people who don’t like Wicca love to read about it and write about it. Why? I’ll tell you why: It’s pagalicious.

My Google search also indicated that my article about the famously heterosexual Owen Wilson was cited on some kind of “gay stallion” website. I didn’t find any trace of my article there (in the few seconds I cared to spend at the site.) I did notice that their stallions appear to be human rather than equine. I’m glad, when you think about the implications. S.K., would you happen to know anything about this?

Before this, I had seen my Blogcritics articles come up on Google News searches any number of times. The first time it happened, I had the top article under Brad Pitt’s name. I wasn’t expecting that, and I was totally shocked, and thrilled as well. Since then, on any number of occasions I’ve done Google News searches under celebrities’ names and seen my own articles. I’m like hey, that’s me! That’s mine! Why aren’t I getting paid lot of money?

As Halloween, or the Witches’ New Year, approaches, I will list my pagan articles:

Catholicism vs. Witchcraft Part II
Warning: Contains an irreverent satire written by a feminist pagan.

Catholicism vs. Witchcraft Part I

Spirit Of The Thing: Against Hairsplitting In the Pagan Community

Cerulean’s Favorite Quotations
Is not about paganism per se, but contains some quotes from pagan sources. It contains general spiritual wisdom.

Have joyous holiday.

Blessed Be,


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  • Dave Nalle

    Technically Imbolc, not Samhain is the witch/pagan new year – at least if you bother to follow any kind of historical tradition at all.


  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    Really Dave? Funny because most Celtic scholars agree that Samhain/Beltaine are the two points in the year that signal the beginning/endings of Summer/Winter.

    What historical sources are you citing that claim Imbolc as the beginning of the year?

  • Steve S

    Are you familiar with the link popularity tool?

    Type in your url and it will tell you every site out there that links to you, as well as a whole bunch more info.

  • Dave Nalle

    P. W. Joyce and a number of older scholars agree that Samhain is not the traditional pagan new year. Most modern ‘wicca’ beliefs come from Celtic tradition, and it seems pretty clear that the Celtic year began either in February or May, but not in November.

    The Samhain theory was promulgated by John Rhys, who was a great scholar in many ways, but came to the bizarre conclusion that Samhain was the start of the year by basically borrowing the Greek calendar and applying it to the Celts. If you’re going to borrow a calendar and apply it to the Celts it makes a lot more sense to borrow the Roman calendar than the greek one, and that puts the new year starting February.

    If you prefer a Norse tradition, then the new year starts with the Winter Solstice, which got carried over into Christianity for convenience. The ancient Scots new year is Hogmanay, which is the last few days of December.

    And on the whole, thinking in terms of ancient agrarian societies, it just makes enormously more sense to start the year from the point of birth, rather than the point of death.

    But then again, most neo-pagans are just making it all up anyway, so celebrate whatever new year you like.


  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    First off several modern scholars (including Ronald Hutton) all agree that of the pre-Christian Celtic holidays Samhain and Beltaine (the two “hinge” holidays) are the most important. These two holidays (along with Lughnasadh) are even outlined on the Coligny calendar. The only physical representation of the pre-Christian Celtic calendar. Oimelc/Imboc isn’t listed at all.

    So if May and November are the two most important “hinge” dates seperating the “light” and “dark” halves of the year which is the start of the year?

    From Celtic scholar Alexei Kondratiev, author of “The Apple Branch”:

    “The Coligny Calendar’s division of the year into two halves associated with summer and winter is still very strongly reflected in Celtic folk practice, where the yearly cycle consists of a dark half beginning on Samhain (November 1st), mirrored by a light half beginning on Bealtaine (May 1st). The rituals surrounding Samhain and Bealtaine are closely related to each other and make it clear that the two festivals are linked, but also that they deal with opposite energies within the unfolding of the year. What is explicit and active in one is implicit and dormant in the other, and vice versa. This is often expressed as the notion that what disappears in our world at once becomes present in the Otherworld, and it has even been suggested, on this basis, that Samhain’s “summery” name was originally intended to designate the beginning of an Otherworld summer! Whether this is plausible or not, it remains certain that while Samhain began one kind of yearly cycle, Bealtaine began another, and both could be construed as a kind of “New Year”. In ancient Ireland the High King inaugurated the year on Samhain for his household (and, symbolically, for all the people of Ireland) with the famous ritual of Tara, but in nearby Uisneach, the sacred centre held by the druids in complementary opposition to Tara, it was on Bealtaine that the main ritual cycle was begun. In both cases sacred fires were extinguished and re-lit, though this happened at sunset on Samhain and at dawn on Bealtaine. Bealtaine was a time of opening and expansion, Samhain a time of gathering-in and shutting, and for herd-owners like the Celts this was expressed with particular vividness by the release of cattle into upland pastures on Bealtaine and their return to the safety of the byres on Samhain.

    Which of these two dates, then, should we think of primarily as the “Celtic New Year”? Although both deal with the beginning of a cycle, Samhain begins it in darkness, and there is no doubt about the pre-eminence of darkness in Celtic tradition. In De Bello Gallico Julius Caesar notes that the Celts began their daily cycle with sunset (spatia omnis temporis non numero dierum, sed noctium finiunt; dies natales et mensum et annorum initia sic obseruant, ut noctem dies subsequatur — “they define all amounts of time not by the number of days, but by the number of nights; they celebrate birthdays and the beginnings of months and years in such a way that the day is made to follow the night”), and this is confirmed by later Celtic practice. Darkness comes before light, because life appears in the darkness of the womb, all things have their beginning in the fertile chaos that is hidden from the rational mind. Thus the year begins with its dark half, holding the bright half in gestation as the seeds lie in apparent death underground, although the forces of growth are already at work in Otherworldly invisibility. The moment of death — the passing into the concealing darkness — is itself the first step in the renewal of life.”

    So there is a good solid basis for Samhain being the “new year”, at least from a Celtic context.

    Not that you care about any of this since you seem to not respect our faiths in the slightest. But I thought I would remark.

  • Victor Lana


    Getting back to the Google part of your post, that is always a nice eye opener when you see how far flung your words have gone.

    Thanks for the post!

  • lumpy

    I’ve always been mystified by the bizarre celtophilia of the neopagan community. There are so many more interesting and better defined and documented traditions. Why not Roman or Norse where there are well documented rituals and practices ready to use. Maybe the vagueness of the celtic tradition is its main selling point, since it leaves you free to make up your own silly rituals and beliefs and no one can really challenge you on historical accuracy. Kind of weak though.


  • Dee

    Frankly zlump I don’t understand why you even bother making a comment since it is plain that you don’t understand or respect our religion. We do not have silly rituals and how do you know that the Norse and Roman rituals are even true. They were written by people who perhaps made them up on the spur of the moment. And as for our beliefs they are just as valid as anyone else’s. Maybe it is your beliefs that are silly i notice that you don’t say what your beliefs are. Why not?

  • Cerulean

    Thank you Jason, Steve S., Victor. Thanks for the assist Dee. I’ll have to check out that thing Steve mentioned. I didn’t know about it.

    It’s disingenous to pick apart a religion due to supposed inconsistencies when your real objection is that you just don’t like it. It’s intellecually dishonest to pick apart holidays because their meaning or timing has changed over the years; nearly all of them have. It’s disingenous to pick apart Celtic paganism as more changable than other religions, which usurp holidays and holy places of earlier cultures, drop and add proscriptions, and use and ignore the Old Testament as it suits them. Ancient Judiasm used animal sacrifice, and a whole lot of other things that are no longer done.

    People should check out Dave’s previous comments on my pagan threads. He appears to be an atheist or agnostic, and is a right wing republican, but he espouses a concern with the purity of Wiccan teachings.

    His scholarship is also poor, although presented with pseudo-precision. Again, I feel the reductist spirit, trying to collapse a complex living organism a shape he himself made up. When it doesn’t fit he says, it’s incorrect. The essense of a strawman agruement.

    Wiccan beliefs will be defined by Wiccans, not by a right wing male agnostics. Halloween is celebrated by Wiccans or modern day pagans as the Witches’ New Year. This was first told to me by a priestess in the late eighties and seconded by a number of other practicing witches that I met at the time. Myself and thousands of others have celebrated this holiday in this way. Holidays are human constructions with socially agreed upon meanings.

    “Regular” New Years has changed it’s timing over the years as well. Western society has even changed it’s calendar from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar during the sixteenth century. You know how flakey those male leaders are, switching their calendars, making up holidays. :-) Should we ignore it all to be safe from superstition?

    Society changes, calendars change, dieties change, continents change, religions change, including Christianity, Judiasm and Islam.

    Religion is a living and evolving thing. It’s essence is numinous and experiential. Trying to understand it without feeling is like trying to hold water in a closed fist.

  • alienboy

    It’s never wrong to pick apart any religion, as they are all bogus con tricks…

  • RogerMDillion

    This post is shameless self-promtion. If your articles are linked all over the internet, what’s the need for this commercial? Yawn.

  • Cerulean

    Lonely weekend I presume.

  • Anna

    I, too, am surprised to find that articles I have posted here have spread around the ‘net in ways I never could have imagined. Just yesterday I got an email from someone about a review I wrote last year!

    I consider myself a Christian, and I have several Wiccan or Pagan friends. As far as I’m concerned, if your beliefs lead you to take care of yourself and treat others and the Earth well, then have at it. My path is through the Protestant Christian tradition, but there are many paths to enlightenment. I certainly wouldn’t expect that someone who believed differently than I would have anything of validity to comment on my faith traditions, unless they’ve become a well-read scholar on the subject. Even so, I wouldn’t trust their bias. That is to say, don’t let the uneducated naysayers get you down.

  • Cerulean

    Thank you for your kind and intelligent comment.

  • MamaMayhem

    Some of us do have silly rituals. Some of us take ourselves too seriously. Some of us forget that laughter and silliness is a part of being human and honoring Deity. Some of us are silly at every ritual because it is our nature to remind the participants that silliness is necessary and healing.

    Hail Eris,