A Question of Judeo-Pagan Values

I’m not suggesting that Judaism is a kind of Paganism. What I am suggesting is that Pagan relations with religions outside of the Pagan umbrella are important, and they can’t all be negative. Pagans and Orthodox Jews have more in common than either probably realize. [Read more…]

Wrestling With Gods: Pagan Gnosis through Jewish Eyes

Today, I chatted with Hermes over breakfast. I accept his faults, he accepts mine. We enjoy each other’s company as much as any two people could reasonably be expected to. There’s just one problem: I’m an Observant Jew. [Read more…]

The Busy Witch: Magic and Marriage

I’ve been creating informal altars around our home for years, but this little corner shelf is the first time I’ve done so consciously and with my husband’s consent and support. Already, the shrine has served to remind me of the abundance that is already in my life: the abundant love and respect my husband and I share that allows us to bridge the gap of our faiths to create sacred space together. [Read more…]

Astrology Book Review: The Moon’s Nodes

Borstein’s insights into human relationships and the growing pains of the soul come straight from the Vedic (Hindu) astrological tradition, where gods, goddesses and demons figure as nature forces in the form of planets and points that take an active role in our lives. [Read more…]

Making Light: Interfaith is Not a Dirty Word

A few years ago, I co-founded an interfaith group with other women of various faiths, cleverly named Women of Faith. One of our main purposes is to show others that people of different faith backgrounds can work together toward positive change. We can’t do that if we put our energy toward criticizing the theology or practices of our fellows. [Read more…]

Gateway Goddess: Looking at Lent through Pagan Eyes

I used to say that as a Pagan, well, I didn’t do sacrifice. Now, I have a more subtle understanding: to sacrifice something is to offer it up to the sacred, thus increasing our own connection with Divinity. [Read more…]

The Road From Hate To Understanding

A deity hurt me, and I couldn’t stop talking about it. Little did I realize that my negative talk was drawing him toward me every day. I realized that at some point, I had to stop leaving my former religion, or I’d be stuck there forever. [Read more…]

Making Light: How we voted Imbolc off the Island (and aren’t even sorry)

Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we notice that the days have gotten longer. Because the light and temperature are beginning to increase, it’s as good a place as any to mark the end of Hyperborea and Apollo’s return to the Temple. [Read more…]

Dear Jasmine: Pagan and Hindu Connections

Dear Jasmine, I am new to Paganism and so far my time in the community I have noticed allot of Indian influences within paganism, such as Bindis and use of the Hindu Deities. Is there a connection to Hindu and Neo-Pagan beliefs or is there another reason for these influences? Sincerely, A Dear A, This [Read More…]

Pagan vs. Christian: The Right and Wrong Ways to Go About It

Grand Rapids (MI) Pagan Pride Day is a wonderful event, and I used to speak there on a yearly basis. It was always well organized, featured some fantastic vendors, and had a pretty big turnout. It was always in late September/early October too, a beautiful time of year in Michigan; slightly chilly, but still invigorating [Read More…]