Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

MerjanAndju

If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Moving Ahead

wolf

Seek Thor in the great oak, Odin in the inner reflection, Freyja in the blooming of the spring flowers, Sif in the joy of a harvest of crops that you’ve grown. It is in mindful and deliberate living that we step out of the history books and create the path that we walk. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at Our History (Part 5) — Feminism

Pallas Athene

Not every Pagan views their spirituality as a site of political action, but, for many of us, this has been one of the lasting gifts of Feminism. For the early Feminists, spirituality and politics were bound up in each other, and this action is mirrored in the eco-consciousness elements of Modern Paganism. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 4) – Egocentrism and our Future

Unique Snow Flake By Pen Waggener (Flickr: Unique) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It is my honest belief that a proper understanding of Paganism, its history and its present, is vital if we are going to continue to move forward as a community into this next century. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 3) – Religious Expression in the U.S.A.

New England Scenery, 1851

American Paganism, I assert, expresses the generic religious trend of opposition and difference in a particularly bold way. The average American Pagan is free both of overarching authority and of rigorous dogma. The prevalence of eclecticism in American Paganism further demonstrates the freedom of religious expressions available. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at our History (Part 2) – Nostalgia and Literature

Proserpine - Rossetti

Nostalgia is a powerful force in the Modern Pagan movement, in no small part because of the impact of literature on its formation. Often, when lacking real memory of the past, we have turned to literature to help us reconstruct and recreate a history that we have never really known. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Looking at Our History (Part 1)

Diana and Her Companions

Our history as Pagans is bound up in a larger history, and in fact has been made possible by other, larger movements that changed Western culture as a whole. It is necessary that we understand how Paganism once more became a viable way of experiencing the world. [Read more...]


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