Quotes From "Pagan Standard Times: Essays On The Craft" By Thomm Quackenbush

Loving her has become a part of my religion, a gentle mantra with every beating of my heart. I cannot imagine its Ragnarok without wilting. Thomm Quackenbush
Holding fantasy to our chests only means our hands are not free to work. Thomm Quackenbush
Our brains want God even as our minds debunk the divine. Thomm Quackenbush
When I see the moon on a clear night, I do say "blessed be" and I remind myself to be grateful to the universe that I happen to exist in such a lovely and wondrous world, even and especially as I can rattle on about magma cooling, abiogenesis, and natural selection. Thomm Quackenbush
Nothing in my beliefs tells me to let my relationship with the divine interfere with romantic love, the friction of sects never getting in the way of the friction of sex. Thomm Quackenbush
Pagans earn their reputations for relaxed sexual mores, often in rebellion from the repression of their religions during adolescence. At a Pagan festival, one need only lower one's guard to be offered sex under the cloaking of the sacred. Thomm Quackenbush
There are three people in your life: your great love, the one you want to have children with, and the one whom you can spend the rest of your life with. If you find that last one first, you have it made. Thomm Quackenbush
Paganism is the default of most children, since they excel at magical thinking. Thomm Quackenbush
My main nurturing instinct toward children is mild sadism--picking them up and threatening to drop them--which is why I am a good uncle but would make a poor father. Thomm Quackenbush
It is difficult to process the sacred masculine when your closest example has been a man smacking you around, verbally degrading you, lording over you, or otherwise proving a poor demonstration of the use of strength. Thomm Quackenbush
Having ascended to some spiritual strength by focusing on the power of the feminine, it is no doubt tempting to wield this strength against that which triggers memories of having once been weaker. Thomm Quackenbush
There is a theory that men do not need Paganism because they have endless avenues of societal power available. Why use spells when one can get a bank loan with little trouble? The world already bends over backward to accommodate men, so why perfect the art of magickally shaping it? Thomm Quackenbush
I see no reason that a man should have any issue with worshiping a goddess any more than a woman would in worshiping a male deity. It is undeniable that women, particularly in the Abrahamic faiths, have been doing just that for thousands of years, though they do like to sneak in the divine feminine under the cloak of the Virgin Mary. Thomm Quackenbush
Women are seen as imperfect or unclean, because of a myth of a tempting apple, because they bleed monthly, because they lack equivalent upper body strength. Thomm Quackenbush
Most magick I have experienced can be written off as a stew of psychology and coincidence, and I truly believe this is where magick is best worked. Thomm Quackenbush
Magick need not be a crutch, but it is hard to argue that anything you lean on in lieu of building your own strength weakens resolve. Thomm Quackenbush
I honor the divine on a daily basis, but I want to know that the greatest magick in my life is living authentically with what I have and can do. Thomm Quackenbush
The trouble with psychics is that they convince you that you get this future no matter what you do. It is as though you can cheat the universe out of your experiences, that you need only tweak something here or there to live happily ever after. It allows for spiritual sloth in the certainty of providence. Thomm Quackenbush
I don't know what my future will bring me and it's terrifying. To stand before this vast expanse and know that the future could take away what matters most simply because that is the nature of indifferent chaos in the hands of wanton boys. Thomm Quackenbush
We are left at the brink of our future each day and the only real choice we have is not to jump but instead make our path through the briar. Thomm Quackenbush