Dandelion Seeds: The Call of the Swan Maidens

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The Swan Spirits called to me long ago one Samhain night, and now that has led to my preparations for ritual at one of the largest pagan conventions: Convocation. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: We Are Our Deeds

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There’s this unfortunate tendency in Pagan circles for those holding the title of ‘Elder’ to be held as somehow above reproach. As if questioning these people at all is somehow showing a lack of proper respect and deference for an empty title. It’s Paganism’s own personal brand of ad verecundiam, and it REALLY needs to stop. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: Paganism, Theism, and Belief

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How do we determine if someone is Pagan? Do they join our events and participate in our communities? Do they support our rights to practice and believe as we think that Pagans should? Then I’ll say that they are Pagan. [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Not That Kind Of Witch

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We really gain nothing as a community, even a very loosely based and held together community, by judging and excluding each other for our differences. Our diversity should be a strength, not a weakness. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: To Listen

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To listen passively leads to anger and pain. To listen actively, while difficult, leads to understanding and acceptance. Will you make the effort to truly listen to another? [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Cultural Appropriation and Pagan Fear

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If little Suzy wants to go up onto a mountain top, burn some sage, and try to get in touch with her extremely distant native American roots, that’s one thing. When Little Suzy comes back down from the mountain and claims to be a Hopi spiritual leader, that’s quite another. [Read more...]

Guest Post: I am Guilty of Cultural Appropriation

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It is always an exacting experience to examine our own contributions to perpetuating oppressive cultural norms. What is personal inevitably triggers resistance to concepts that directly confront our own behaviors. This is a process of evolution of belief and social understanding. While my core beliefs have remained constant, my insight into what those beliefs require in terms of actions and the compassionate support of others is in a constant process of maturation. [Read more...]


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