Building Character, part 1 – Character Sheet

April 10, 2011

“…state my assumptions.” – Darren Aronofsky, Pi.   All of my writing, from my earliest diary notes to Guttershaman and beyond are, at heart, an attempt to explain & justify my perspective of the world to others in a coherent and hopefully interesting way. That perspective is… hard to explain simply. But here goes, again: […]


Putting the mockers on

April 4, 2009

I have to smile when The Economist agrees with me… in an opinion piece about the awful UN resolution regarding ‘defamation of religion’, they say:  The resolution says “defamation of religions” is a “serious affront to human dignity” which can “restrict the freedom” of those who are defamed, and may also lead to the incitement […]


Mocking the king, not the subjects

April 4, 2009

I’ve made it clear before that though I think that mockery and satire are a good and necessary thing, but only when applied upwards – by the relatively powerless to the powerful. Mockery by the strong of the weak is merely cruelty. Fred Clark gets this, completely. In this weeks installment of his deconstruction of […]


Cullenism – every generation gets the religion it deserves?

April 3, 2009

Now I’m hardly one to complain about people drawing on fiction as a basis for their spirituality. But… A cult of devotees has sprung up based on the teen-vampire-porn-without-the-sex Twilight books. Blogger (and fan of the series) Amanda Bell writes: These Cullenists believe “[j]ust like any other religion,” that there is some spirituality to be […]


American Fascism and the Divine Feminine

August 19, 2008

Two pieces of note: Gary Lachman appears to have suddenly discovered Dominionist Xtianity… actually, it’s a good and thoughtful piece, not only about the influence of mysticism on politics but also how he tries to synthesize past and future in modern times. Worth sticking through the comments thread for GL and Daniel Pinchbeck arguing about […]


Guttershaman – Meanings and Patterns, part 1

August 5, 2008

“The trouble with humans is, we’re all too symbol-minded.” Jolane Abrams. What do I mean when I say that I’m a magician? What is magic, anyway? And what kind of person goes around believing in it these modern days? Definitions of magic are many and wide – even if I stick to using those of […]


Choose your superstition wisely…

July 29, 2008

Been on a bit of a blogging hiatus, but this is too good to ignore… Birmingham (UK) city council has blocked its staff from looking at some religious websites, but not others: Lawyers at the National Secular Society said the move by Birmingham City Council was “discriminatory” and they would consider legal action. The rules […]


The death of UK monotheism in a century?

June 23, 2008

Found via Laura Clout writes in the Telegraph: “Research by the Orthodox Jewish organisation Aish found that just over a third of people thought religions like Christianity and Judaism would still be practiced in Britain in 100 years’ time. Although four in 10 people said they would choose to be a member of the […]


Past rants – On taking the veil

May 26, 2008

This is me wading in on the controversy about Muslem women wearing the hijab. From 8 October 2006. On taking the veil I’ve been mulling over this since Jack Straw’s recent pronouncement on the subject of veiled Moslem women There have been some good comments on the subject already – my good mate Cavalorn puts […]


Past rants – Christianity is stupid

May 26, 2008

…and sometimes I just get downright pissed off. Please – if you are (as Stephen King put it in the Dark Tower series) ‘for the Jesus-man’, read the whole piece before throwing stones. (From 6 November 2006) Christianity is stupid (part of the xtianfuckwitwatch service) I have finally fucking well had enough. It’s time to […]