Archives for March 2013

Naturalistic Traditions: Evolution and the Way to Live

Most ancient peoples had some notion of how life came to be, quite sophisticated in some cases, and such ideas shaped conceptions of how to live. What is peculiar, historically speaking, is that modern Western people generally don’t draw such conclusions based on evolution. Values cannot be derived from facts, so they say. [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: Private Practices 1 – The Circle of Fire

The title of this column, the “Loop of Brighid,” refers to a traditional charm called the Caim or Loop, which can also be translated as “encompassing.” The words of this charm invoked St. Brighid for protection, envisioning her power as a fiery circle surrounding and protecting all those who invoked her. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Interfaith Family Ties Blossom from Ostara to Easter

Why do I have an Easter dress? Why, after years of brunch-only celebrations with my own family, am I actually going to attend services? The answer: Love. [Read more…]

Making Light: OMGs! Cultural Appropriation!

Before you lift the “cultural appropriation” finger at me and shame my annual matzoh habit, I want to ask: how is the incorporation of Jewish practice any different than worshiping the gods of Olympos? [Read more…]

Standing as Pagans, In Yana’s Name

T. Thorn Coyle writes: A Pagan in Syria is dead, ripped apart by political and religious zeal, raped and tortured by intolerance. Her name was Yana. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Who Polices the Druids?

Do any Pagan organisations have the means to respond if there’s a pedophile priest accusation in our ranks? Would we handle a sexual abuse scandal any better than the Catholics have, or the UK’s Liberal Democrats? [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Balance Within and Without?

With the coming Equinox, I am ready to shed my winter skin. Not only is spring beginning to burst out, but we are approaching a powerful moment. The days have been getting gradually longer, but before we can feel the full flush of summer, we must pause and acknowledge the equinox. At the vernal equinox this week, day and night will be almost balanced. Such an event only occurs twice a year, and because of this rarity, it provides us with a powerful opportunity for soul work and magic. [Read more…]

Seekers and Guides: Covening for Beginners

Sable Aradia, Wiccan minister and teacher, offers some tips for those just beginning to get involved in coven work in “Seekers and Guides.” [Read more…]

Loop of Brighid: The Brig – Divine Energy of Creation

You often hear pagans say that our religions are defined more by practice than by ideas, but there are some practices you can’t even access without engaging the ideas that make them possible. If we refuse to engage with theology, we also limit our practice. So, for followers of Brighid, the concept of Brig as a universal creative power is a way to start to see Brighid in everything- a way to see everything in the universe as Her divine fire. [Read more…]

Making Light: Interfaith 2 – Electric Boogaloo

In our Women of Faith group, we try to understand the differences among us in order to see, feel, and appreciate the sameness within us. Also, we have T-shirts. [Read more…]


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