Archives for 2013

Naturalistic Traditions: Were Epicurus and the atomists naturalistic?

If the universe is nothing but atoms, as modern physics proclaims, what place can there be for gods? None, some might say. Surprisingly, this was not the conclusion of the earliest atomists. Ancient Greek naturalists, far from rejecting religion, sought ways to understand religion in naturalistic terms. In short, they became Naturalistic Pagans. [Read more…]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Racism, Homophobia, Gender Bias, Intolerance, and Pagan Parenting

If a stand against the incipient racism and homophobia present in our society is to be made, there are some key things that parents can do with their children to make them able to think critically about prejudice. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Keeping Our Words Sacred

What makes honor so important? Why should we still be concerned with keeping our word in a society that places such little importance on it? Heathens have no doctrine or dogma, but this does not mean we lack guidelines for conduct that honors our gods. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Too Cool for Yule

Parents complained about a Wiccan Yule display at a school in Oklahoma. In order to avoid conflict, the school’s superintendent claimed that they would remove all religious displays. But what they really did was replace everything with “Christmas.” [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Paganism, Druidry and Religion

Most Pagans do not come along seeking to look like they belong to a religion. Most are fleeing the conformity and surface of religion in the hopes of finding something deeper. How do we do that? [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: New Year, New Intentions

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’ve just passed the longest night of the year. The Winter Solstice is, for me, a time of introspection and wishing, and in recent years, I’ve developed a theory about this time of year; I believe that the way you spend the Solstice and the way you ring in the New Year will set the tone for the year to come. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Witches of Cyberspace, Part 1

It’s been said that it isn’t possible to teach the Craft online, but is it? Sable Aradia explains why this is no longer the case, but cites some issues to look out for. [Read more…]

Welcome To My Electric Yule

I could not find any directions for how to make an electric Yule display anywhere. This did not deter me. I wrought, and was victorious, and am willing to share my knowledge with you, my gentle and discerning readers. [Read more…]

Syncretic Electric: Some Questions for Pagan Identity

Perhaps Paganism isn’t a collection of religions, but a certain way of being in the world. Perhaps being Pagan means that we have chosen to experience the world differently than the larger society expects us to. Perhaps, Paganism has become a political position, rather than a religious one. If this is the case, then our doctrinal disputes over what constitutes proper Paganism are null and void. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Pagan Author, Christian Characters

It’s a shame that someone seeing ‘Druid’ in my autobiography would assume that means ‘hates Christians’. The track record of relations between Pagans and Christians is not what it might be. I live in hope that will change in my lifetime. [Read more…]


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