A Pagan Short History of Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is not regarded as a particularly Pagan holiday, although some of the ideas and practices around it have their roots in Paganism. In this guest post on the Agora, James Lindenschmidt, a regular contributor on our A Sense of Place blog, shares some information about the history and origins of the holiday. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: Ancestors and Genocide

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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. [Read more...]

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

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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. [Read more...]

Jewish Witch: Finding Asherah

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It breaks my heart whenever I hear modern Jews talk about the end of Israelite paganism with relief and back-patting, as if the worship of a beloved goddess were akin to alcoholism or online poker. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Happy Anniversary Patheos!

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Sable Aradia looks back at her Patheos Pagan experience in celebration of Patheos’ 5th Year Anniversary. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were the ancient Skeptics naturalistic?

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Thus far in this series, we’ve found the world’s first Naturalistic Pagans in the Greek Ionians, Atomists, and Epicureans, with potentially-naturalistic cousins in the Cynics and Stoics, and a generally conducive atmosphere among the Greek populace. Now we come to a tradition with strong naturalistic leanings: the ancient Skeptics. Examining this complex tradition reveals another potentially naturalistic tradition, and teaches us something important about the definition of naturalism. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Cynics and Stoics naturalistic?

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“Live according to nature.” This was the motto of not one but two ancient Greek traditions: the Cynics and Stoics. Were these traditions naturalistic? After exploring their philosophies and concepts of nature, we’ll have a look at their religious practices to see if they can rightly be counted as ancient Naturalistic Pagans. [Read more...]


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