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…]

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…]

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…]