Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Classical Greeks naturalistic?

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Last time, we discovered the world’s oldest Naturalistic Pagans* in the Ionian philosophers of ancient Greece. Yet, they comprised no more than a handful of intellectuals in a world full of theists. What was the effect of naturalism on the rest of Greece as it developed in the Classical period? Did it spread through the culture or remain isolated? [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Season of Giving?

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How can Family Coven virtues be expressed during this season of giving? Lydia MN Crabtree examines how a Family Coven walks its talk. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Walking With Odin

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My own path is dedicated to taking my commitment and what I’ve learned as far as I’m able, in the hopes that when I stand before the counsel one day at the end of my life, Odin will have seen enough to let him know that I kept my oath to him and to the values that my faith holds sacred. Sometimes we dance, sometimes we walk, sometimes I argue — but Odin is with me and I with him. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Tea Party Paganism

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Let me reassure you that you did NOT misread that title! There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We control the horizontal. We control the vertical. Tea Party Pagans. They apparently exist. C’mon, you know you want to read more! [Read more...]

Gratitude Series on Patheos Pagan (Nov 2013)

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Who or what makes us grateful for the Pagan movement? Patheos Pagan writers respond from the heart. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Gratitude, the Ocean, and Me

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I am thankful not only for the ocean, but for the lessons she offers: change is inevitable, life is fluid, and beauty and strength are not mutually exclusive. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: Your Mileage May Vary – Embracing Contradictory Truths in the Craft

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The beauty of Wicca is that many contradictory truths can be true at the same time. Sable Aradia examines some of those contradictory truths and suggests how it is that they can all work together. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: A Brief Reflection on Fiction

Julian Betkowski

Fiction definitely had a great impact on my life, as it continues to do. However, in the end, I was not brought into Paganism by these delightful fictions. I grow nervous when people appeal to these beloved friends of mine as support for their belief and practices, not because I doubt the sincerity of their belief or the efficacy of their action, but because I wonder how we could have read these same books and come to such different conclusions. [Read more...]

Loop of Brighid: Bride, the Cailleach and Nicnevin

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Are Bride and Nicnevin estranged sisters? Or, if Mackenzie was right and the Cailleach and Bride are the same entity on some level, then is Nicnevin also the same entity as Bride on some level? [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Pagan Portals

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Introducing Pagan Portals from Moon Books: focused introductions to particular areas of Paganism, including Nimue Brown’s new SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT STRUCTURE. [Read more...]

What’s New at Patheos Pagan (Nov 2013)

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New blogs and columns at Patheos Pagan! Voodoo and Santeria, worlding, Heathen women, Heathens and interfaith, birthing hereditary witchcraft, Pagan leadership, and The Witch’s Eight Paths of Power. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven – A Definition

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Family Coven is a group of persons who share shelter, food and resources for the purpose of survival while acknowledging the spiritual nature of the human condition. The term is a deliberate joining and redefinition of the terms ‘family’ and ‘coven.’ [Read more...]


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