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...]

Arguing History

Wheel_of_the_Year

For all intents and purposes I’m a “Pagan Minimalist*.” That doesn’t mean my practice is minimal or small, it means that I view Modern Paganism as a relatively recent phenomenon. If you were to ask me how old I think a practice like Modern Wicca is; I would offer you a guess of maybe seventy [Read More...]


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