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Sermons from the Mound

Transplanting from one culture to another – appropriation or exchange?

Many people do not understand what is and is not cultural appropriation because they assume that practices and techniques can be easily transplanted from one context to another, but this does not take into account the issues around the particularity of traditions to their culture, place, and history, and it does not recognise the impact of colonialism and the commodification and commercialisation of indigenous traditions.

Sermons from the Mound

Transplanting from one culture to another – appropriation or exchange?

Many people do not understand what is and is not cultural appropriation because they assume that practices and techniques can be easily transplanted from one context to another, but this does not take into account the issues around the particularity of traditions to their culture, place, and history, and it does not recognise the impact of colonialism and the commodification and commercialisation of indigenous traditions.

The Urban Pagan Homestead

The Moon Said This ~ A Poem

The moon said this When she called me out Out to where she could see me with her one bright eye When she called me out For forgetting our date For not bringing flowers For not telling her how beautiful she is When she called me out For inattention to her trickling silver over the [Read More...]

Voodoo Universe

Aida Wedo: The Snake Goddess Rears Her Beautiful Head

In addition to holding great power and energy, snakes are also symbolic of deep fear.

Agora/Socially Responsible Magic

Socially Responsible Magic: Why We Need to Have the Hard Conversations

Over the last year or so, the Pagan community has engaged in hard conversations dealing with issues including consent culture, sex positivity, and racism. These are important conversations, but they are also hard; in part because of what they make each person realize about themselves and in part because we look at our community--and where we fit into it differently--as a result of them. But, while these conversations are hard, they are also necessary.

Agora/The Zen Pagan

The Zen Pagan: What Does It Mean For the Gods to Exist?

To answer the question "Do the deities exist?", we need to answer two questions, just two trivial little matters: 1) What is a god? 2) What does it mean to exist?

Raise the Horns

Not My Council

I have no doubt that many of the people involved in "The American Council of Witches 2015" have the best of intentions. However the way they've announced their existence and rolled out their social media has left me and many others a bit wary. People are welcome to form their own councils, just don't start thinking that you're representing me.

A Word to the Witch

Review: A Pagan Anti-Capitalist Primer by Alley Valkyrie and Rhyd Wildermuth

But for Pagans, this is a potentially shattering question: If the land is sacred, if the Earth is our Mother, how can we let it be bought and sold? More generally, how can we understand value independently from the arbitrary and reductive values of the market? (which is an absolute necessity even if you think capitalism is just dandy). And, given that we live in a world full of people who don't necessarily share our views, how can we make a moral or practical argument for the values that underlie the theology?

Between the Shadows

Quantum Woo: The Moment of Choice – Precognition, Magick & Quantum Mechanics

It is the moment of choice that shapes the universe we live in. Sometimes bad things happen that are no one's fault and sometimes the only choices before us are the best of a handful of bad. That's the limitation of magick and precognition: you can choose one of many possible worlds at the point of each decision, but most decision points do not provide you with unlimited choices.

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