ArticleRemembering Ancestors of Blood, Spirit, and Place
An interfaith blogging project for the month of October! Patheos Pagan writers partner up with writers from the Progressive Christian, Jewish, and Spirituality channels to develop personal ancestor remembrance practices.
Agora/Queer of SwordsQueer of Swords: Halloween – The Secular Festival of Becoming
Looking beyond the Undead Tomato costumes and the candy corn, is there really something basic and important underlying Halloween that is largely unrecognized?
Greening the Spirit‘And beyond death I bring peace and freedom…’
We do not all have traumatic events like the near-death experience Carl Jung described to help us focus on what is really important to us. Still, the spiritual experiences of transcendence that many of us find in ritual and meditation play a similar role in teaching us that ‘I’ and the body are not the same.
Raise the HornsKirk Cameron Doesn’t Get Halloween (But He’s Not the Only One)
Kirk Cameron doesn't know a whole lot about Halloween, but that's not surprising, most people don't (including those criticizing him). What the blogosphere and Cameron got right and wrong while discussing the history of Halloween.
Under the Ancient OaksSacrifice and the Fear of Real Gods
Real Gods are a lot scarier than the polytheist next door killing, cleaning, and cooking a chicken in his back yard and seasoning it with prayers and invocations.
Agora/Jewish WitchJewish Witch: Ancestors and Genocide
There are only so many prayers you can say for the dead before, like the dybbuk of Jewish legend, they begin to graft themselves onto you.
A Word to the WitchTalking to My Ancestors at Samhain: Religion In A Crisis
Aside from it being that time of year, my ancestors are generally my first line of defense when things go wrong or I feel the need to protect me and mine. I have a well-established relationship with them (I have a smaller ancestor altar year-round) and I know they have my back.
Daughters of EveJourneying With the Ancestors of Blood and Heart; A Self Reflection
Part of my work the past three years has focused on the stories and experiences of my ancestors, learning about them and connecting in several different ways. I realized a long time ago that I knew very little accurate information about the real history of the ancestors of my African American lineage. I know the same stripped down stories that are taught to us children in our broken American school system, but those stories are neither completely accurate or spiritually fulfilling.
Ride the SpiralHonoring the dead: Harvey Milk
Honoring Harvey Milk as part of October's series on honoring the dead.
Voodoo UniverseMaman Brigitte Beet Salad Recipe
There is a mistress of the cemetery, a bride dressed in white lace, she knows of love and loss, and her name is Maman Brigitte. In the religions of New Orleans Voodoo and Haitian Vodou Maman Brigitte ( also called Gran Brigitte) is the Lwa, or Goddess, of the dead.