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The Allergic Pagan

Nothing new under the Winter Solstice sun: Christmas as a major sabbat

Christmas (like Hallow’een) is a sublime mix of Christian, pagan, and commercial traditions. And I love it that way. Whether you are Christian, Pagan, or atheist, I say, ‘Embrace it. And make it your own!'

Voodoo Universe

WTF Is Winter Wassail Recipe

The etymology of the word come from Olde English and literally (like many other toasts) translates to “well health.” These are the words of our ancestors. The term began appearing as early as the 8th century, even the poem Beowulf speaks of a "Warriors' Wassail."

A Sense of Place

By Way Of Introduction

I look at all my friends in the sky, and to all the energies in the forest around me. I hail them, lifting my drinking horn full of mead — a sweet, traditional mead that I brewed with local honey, fresh maple sap instead of the wild spring water I normally use, wild chaga, and wild staghorn sumac — and pour an offering to the ground, saying words that have become familiar to many of us in Maine and beyond:From the Gods, to the Earth, to Us; From Us, to the Earth, to the Gods. A gift for a gift.

Under the Ancient Oaks

Top Posts on Patheos Pagan in 2014

There’s been a lot of good writing on Patheos Pagan over the course of 2014. Here are my favorite posts, in no particular order.

Agora/The Zen Pagan

The Zen Pagan: Santa Claus and the Nature of the Gods

Sophisticated cynics know that it’s a bunch of bunk, of course. There is no jolly old elf at the North Pole. There is no magic sleigh, no one coming down the chimney, and your parents are going to eat those cookies.And yet…and yet…somehow, the gifts still end up under the tree.

Daughters of Eve

Solstice Hope in the Darkness of Justice

The revelations that have been coming out the last few weeks, the 'in your face' reflections of prejudice and darkness, have supported feelings of isolation and sadness. But this shift with the rebirth of the sun, and the turning wheel, means that it is time to prepare for manifestation, time to embrace power.

Sermons from the Mound

Diverse communities are less racist

The subjugation and oppression of Black and brown people is part of the dominionist, capitalist, exploitative approach that says that the Earth is there to be exploited and subjugated, and so are other people. it is part of the worldview that claims that industrialisation and mechanisation will lead to increased human happiness, whereas in fact it has led to destruction of habitats, eradication of indigenous people and their life-ways, oppression, and alienation - and the view that any culture that does not buy into the myth of progress and the cult of consumerism is somehow more primitive and less civilised than the over-consuming West. I cannot see how any of this can ever be part of Paganism, and yet there are many Pagans posting racist comments on blog-posts about systemic racism, Ferguson, and the Black Lives Matter protests.

Gateway Goddess

Love and Artistry Bring Back Songs of Babylon and Sumer

Just as some Pagans have made it their life’s task to recreate the ancient religious practices as best they can, so too have modern musicians sought to recreate the ancient music of old Sumer and Babylon. "The Flood" is the result.

Raise the Horns

Celebrating Yule

I've always thought of Yuletide as the "most Pagan" of all holiday seasons. So many cherished holiday customs have survived from pagan antiquity into the present day and Midwinter is full of Pagan and secular stuff that makes for great rituals and celebrations.

Pagan Families

Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

I want to use this platform in service of trying to center and amplify the voices of Black people and other people of color. Here are some essays by writers of color making the connections between parenting, racial justice, and police violence.

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