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Under the Ancient Oaks

Sarajevo, Ferguson, and Powder Kegs

“Don’t challenge the police” is the equivalent of posting a no smoking sign on a leaking pile of high explosives – it may be good advice, but it’s grossly inadequate to prevent a disaster.

Raise the Horns

Paganism & The New Age

For many Pagans “New Age” is a dirty turn of phrase often dismissed as any sort of progressive Spirituality that comes with a large price tag, but Paganism and the New Age have shared many ideas and philosophies over the past seven decades.

Sermons from the Mound

Anti-kink and transphobia have no place in Paganism

It may not be your cup of tea, but at least make an effort to understand it before you write it off. In the BDSM community, there is a saying, "Your kink is not my kink, but that's OK". If only other communities were as accepting and welcoming of diversity as that. Generally speaking, the Pagan community is accepting and welcoming of diversity, including sexual orientation, polyamory, kink, and gender variance. Let's keep it that way.

Paths Through The Forests

In the Wake of Martha’s Passing

On the 100 year anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, Lupa Greenwolf looks at what we've learned and gained since her passing.

Voodoo Universe

How to Create a Voodoo Vision Board Hanging

You can be a Christian, Pagan or even an Atheist and still create a vision board. The possibilities are endless. The instructions below are technically for a vision board hanging, between you and me, I was bored with the board.

Agora/Seekers and Guides

Seekers and Guides: A Few Books that I Think Every Witch Should Read

One of the most common questions a teacher of the Craft will be asked is, "What books should I read?" Sable Aradia has a few suggestions.

Staff of Asclepius

“The dark side”

When people hear I work with demons, they are often surprised. Two of the reactions I get the most often are "But... demons are dark! And evil! And scary!" and "Aren't you a bit old to try to be cool?" This is my answer.

The Allergic Pagan

Call for a Pagan Community Statement on the Environment

Where is our declaration on the environment? Where is our action plan on climate change? We're too busy scattering the proverbial cats to notice that the ale for our "Cakes and Ale" is in styrofoam cups. In 1986, Isaac Bonewits told Margot Adler that, while many Neo-Pagans were very concerned about environmental matters, "Most Neo-Pagans are too loose and liberal to be fanatic about anything, including their own survival." Little seems to have changed. Prove me wrong. Let’s start with a Pagan Community Statement on the Environment. Anybody interested?

Wild Garden

Cracking Wise About Trees

I had a question about trees and described myself as a genuine tree-loving dirt-worshipper. General titter in the audience. I quoted the verses from 2 Kings and quipped--so you don't cut down some trees but the trees of the Goddess-worshippers--my people's trees--those were fair game, huh? He shook his head, smiling and we high-fived each other as the audience chuckled.