Wyrd Words: Cultural Appropriation and Pagan Fear


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

Hopi Kachina doll with outstretched winged arms against blue sky / Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

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...]

All Wands Are Different


Many times I have said that one simply does not serve soup with a butter knife. It’s a silly statement if you think of it since you would never attempt to serve a liquid with a flat surface but in reality we do that with our wands. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Parenting and the Confederate Flag

"South Carolina State House" by HaloMasterMind - Own work Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I am related to Robert E. Lee. My family was wrong. We take down this flag because we know this. [Read more...]

Personal Gnosis: A Conversation

Heimdallr brings forth the gift of the gods to mankind by Nils Asplund.  From WikiMedia.

Personal Gnosis. Polytheism. Paganism. The writers at Patheos Pagan get together to discuss personal gnosis and campfire consensus. [Read more...]

Atheism, Polytheism, and Pagans: A Discussion

"The Judgement of Paris" by Peter Paul Rubens, from WikiMedia.

Polytheism. Atheism. Paganism. The writers at Patheos Pagan get together to discuss the role of deity in Modern Paganism and where we are headed in the future as a community. [Read more...]

Born-Again Witch: The Pope, Pagans, and Evangelical Environmentalists

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Annika was going to publish the second part of her coven’s experience at Bethel church today, but she spent the weekend reading and thinking about Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical. His theology and arguments put her back into a Christian mindset and flooded her mind with memories. She decided to postpone the second Bethel piece in favor of some reflections on religion and environmentalism. [Read more...]

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