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Greening the Spirit

May they not have power over us

Many of us have little power in the world. We can only do what we can do in our own small spheres of influence. But there is one place where we can always start. This is within ourselves. To refuse evil is to be strong in the face of terror, to hold steadfast to our values and what we believe in, to refuse to share in the terrorists’ hate.

Voodoo Universe

Review: Planets for Pagans

Most Pagans have a working or better knowledge of astrology and sacred sites. This book Planets for Pagans, by Rena Shesso, attempts to expand this knowledge and make useful connections and insights.

A Sense of Place

Elemental Ethos: Earth

The local ecosystem is our home, our host. I have come to realize that, for me, it is disrespectful to an ecosystem to bring food into it, particularly if the food was processed industrially. By learning and mastering foraging techniques, we can learn to accept the ecosystem's hospitality. When we bring extrinsic food into our ecosystem, it comes with an implied message: I am not willing to even try to subsist in relationship with you directly, so that we can thrive cooperatively with one another. I am a mere visitor, and will not stay long enough to develop such a relationship.

Raise the Horns

When Wicca is Not Wicca

Just because something includes the word "Wicca" on its marquee doesn't mean it's truly Wiccan. Wicca might be beyond simple definitions at this point, but those who truly practice it and keep true its highest ideals generally have a lot in common.

The Allergic Pagan

The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 5: The Dying God

Scholars have criticized Jame Frazer's Golden Bough, arguing that he glossed over significant differences in order to find his archetypal Dying God. But regardless of whether ancient pagan gods fit the archetype, Frazer's theory has had a profound influence on contemporary Neo-Paganism. Frazer was a significant influence on Jane Ellen Harrison, Robert Graves, Dion Fortune, D.H. Lawrence, and other writers, who were themselves influential on Neo-Paganism.

Agora/Wyrd Words

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Sacrifice

How can we focus on our life goals when life itself seems bound and determined to prevent us from ever having time to devote to them? It's easy to lose sight of our hopes and dreams when our schedules seem to be overflowing with distractions.

Nature's Path

Ancient Religion in Modern Life

A Pagan and a Unitarian Universalist - how multiple spiritual identities can come together to form a beautiful spiritual practice that works in our modern world.

The Urban Pagan Homestead

Hear from Me this Secret ~ An Imbolc Meditation

Where does God live in You? The Goddess calls to us, Her Beloved Children, at this turning of the Wheel, to come and hear a secret...

Pagan Families

5 Ideas for Kid’s Imbolc Fun

Imbolc is often an overlooked holiday, but with these 5 fun ideas kids won't be able to wait to celebrate it!

Under the Ancient Oaks

Life Is Complicated – A Rant

Pretending the world is simple when it’s not just makes you vulnerable to those who would exploit you for their own purposes.

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