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...]

Queer of Swords: A Prayer for Compassion Toward Z Budapest

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In light of Z Budapest’s recent outburst against the kink community in which she suggests the bombing of Pantheacon, Sarah Thompson calls for compassion rather than a new fight. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: The Beast Strikes Back – How to Be an Ally

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Following from my previous column in which I somehow managed to come out to the entire world as asexual, here are six simple rules for anyone who wants to be a better ally to people like me. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Auntie Sable’s Practical Tips for Sexy Pagans

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Sable Aradia concludes her series on sex magick and sacred sexuality with some practical advice for those who wish to practice. [Read more...]

Queer of Swords: The Beast with No Backs

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The LGBTQQI alphabet soup is missing a letter. There is a category of people that have gone largely unknown and ignored, even by themselves. The queer continuum is starting to take notice, but as-yet mainstream Paganism has been silent on the issue. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject – Teaching Sex Magick (Part Three)

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Sable continues to examine the ethics of teaching of sex magick and sacred sexuality by addressing festivals and the balance of freedom vs. security. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: A Sticky Subject: Teaching Sex Magick (Part Two)

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Sable Aradia continues her series on teaching sex magick by examining the nature of consent. When can consent be honestly given, and when does an unequal power dynamic cloud the issue? [Read more...]


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