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Teo Bishop
Teo Bishop was the author of the blog, Bishop in the Grove.

Entries by Teo Bishop

A Disruptive and Inconvenient Realization

(56) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 12:27 AM

This piece was first published on The Wild Hunt

Samhain is a time to let go of the things that no longer serve us. It's a moment when we look back on the year, perhaps even the over-arching patterns of our lives, and we reevaluate. We ask...

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Summer Solstice 2013: Hold Up to the Sun Your Heart

(132) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:56 PM

I hold up to the sun my heart, that the bright light on the Summer Solstice might fill it with the spirit of life and vitality.

I hold up to the sun the work of every solitary Druid, and all of those who celebrate alone. May their sacred space be...

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Beltane 2013: The Great Poetry of Flesh

(64) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Beltane comes, and I feel a stirring in my body.

Beltane comes, and I feel a fire in my gut.

Beltane comes, and I want to turn up the music, put on something colorful (or take it all off) and roll around on a patch of green.

Beltane is, for...

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Spring Equinox 2013: May You Be Like the Sun

(186) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 8:08 AM

There is a reason that on Imbolc, the February High Day, we place such an emphasis on light and fire. When we say I keep vigil to the fire in my heart, we are acknowledging the real and present challenges of winter, as well as the feelings of...

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Imbolc 2013: A Faith Made Of Fire

(142) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 3:42 PM

I come to this place between winter and spring with a certain, acute exhaustion. To endure this cold, to tend the hearth of my creative work, my professional life, and my religious endeavors, seems hardest at this time of year.

I look out the window of my writing room, which...

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Yule: Be the Light of the Returning Sun

(65) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 10:11 AM

I am having a hard time preparing for Yule.

It isn't for lack of trying. It isn't because I haven't been engaged in my religious life. In fact, the opposite it true.

For the better part of the past few months, I've been building the Solitary Druid...

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Samhain: May The Silence Open Your Heart

(64) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 5:00 PM

It is Samhain, the end of summer, the third and final Pagan harvest festival, and the beginning of a period known to many as "The Waiting Time."

Now is a time to lay down your tools, the symbols of your productivity, and light a fire to honor not only what...

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Trans Is A Teacher for All Of Us

(12) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:51 AM

First published at author's blog, Bishop In The Grove.

It snowed last night. First of the season. There wasn't quite enough to break the branches like last year, but it was enough to remind us that the season of fall, as much as I'd prefer it last...

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Autumn Equinox: May You Pray With A Good Fire

(101) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:32 AM

Today we celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

Now is the time to shore up your practice of harvesting the light.

Now is the time to stand before your home shrine, the altars which you have made, and practice rekindling the sun inside your heart.

For in the coming months, the...

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Isaac Was a Hurricane, Not the Manifest Judgement of an Angry Deity

(7) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:24 PM

Even as a religious person who, himself, makes offerings on occasion to deities associated with the sea, I favor a scientific explanation for weather phenomenon. Most Pagans are thoroughly modern in this way. As well, I find this desire to pin responsibility for Hurricane Isaac onto a god, most popularly the...

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Make Bread for Your Table, Make Bread for Your Gods

(14) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:07 PM

It was the sound of the masa moving back and forth across my grandma's hands that woke me in the mornings. She slapped the dough in rhythm before turning the flattened ball onto the dusted counter-top, and then she rolled out another tortilla and placed it on the hot puela.

There was no...

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Every Conceivable Jesus: A Review of "Jesus Through Pagan Eyes"

(44) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 1:19 PM

I won't say I was in love with Jesus, but I will admit that I miss him sometimes.

Jesus was the dropped pin on my Google Map; the marker which showed me where I was in relation to everything else. Jesus was central to my religiosity in the way...

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How Do We Talk About Paganism?

(260) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 1:52 AM

I had a dream last night that I was trying to explain my Paganism to my father. He was patient, and open, and he behaved in the ideal ways that only a dream-father behaves. As I explained to him what Druid meant in a modern context, our relationship exploded into...

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