How do you keep vigil on Imbolc?

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On this day of Imbolc we honor the Goddess, Brigid. For many Pagans across the land that means lighting a candle on the altar, or reciting a bit of verse from a cherished tome. For those of us who share community at Bishop In The Grove, today is a day for poetic inspiration! We begin [Read More...]

Welcome to Agora!

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It’s a season of initiation, of burgeoning hopes and new beginnings. Even websites and blogs are not immune to the crisp promise in the sharp morning air. So it’s with a lot of pride and hope I present to you Agora, the new flagship of the Patheos Pagan Portal. In many ways, a lot of [Read More...]

Does History Prove Polygamy or Polyamory Is Bad?

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Slate.com’s Libby Copeland claims that history proves plural marriage is harmful to society: As marriage historian Stephanie Coontz has pointed out, polygyny is less about sex than it is about power. Rich old guys with lots of wives win twice: They have more women to bear them babies and do household work, and they also [Read More...]

Dear Jasmine: Fire Grounding

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Dear Jasmine, I am very connected to the element of fire in all aspects of my life. I have trouble though at times grounding and I have never really felt a connection to Earth to use it to properly ground. What is the best way for me to ground? Can I find a way to [Read More...]

A State of Exclusion: Religious Demagoguery and the State of the Union Address

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Mentions of the Christian God have been used in one form or another in nearly every State of the Union Address. Most of our Presidents have kept religious demagoguery relatively low, usually asking for a blessing of some kind in their closing statement, or declaring America to be blessed or chosen in some degree. In [Read More...]

The Future of Pagan Leadership

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***Disclaimer: I would like to state that this is entirely my opinion and doesn’t reflect the opinions of anyone else. I am not referring to anyone but wish to have an open and honest discourse about the subject. Please let me know why you agree or disagree with me civilly! I would sincerely  love to [Read More...]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things February

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Welcome to the first post of Naturalistic Traditions, a new column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles February 4th is a Cross-quarter.  That is, it is the midpoint between the previous solstice and the upcoming equinox.  As such, it is one [Read More...]


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