Adventures in Wortcunning: A Starwood Experience

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Drums beating through the days and all along the nights become a tapestry for our dreams. Along its weaving framework of syncopated sound and silence I connected with the Devas of the 600-acre campground called Wisteria, as I slept. Here, I strolled a new and common Slumberland with these nature spirits and the assembled members of our human tribe. Our presence, I sense was most welcome on that etheric plane as we, mud-babies all, danced and deepened our connections with spirit, soul and self. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Festival Paganism as Pilgrimage

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It’s interesting to think that pilgrimage, travel for religious reasons, seems to predate civilization. The circuit of summer Pagan festivals may provide something along this line; pilgrims come from hundreds, even thousands, of miles to places like to Ramblewood and Wisteria to form periodic communities, temporary autonomous zones that appear, disperse, and reappear. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: St. Louis Pagan Picnic – 20 years of open-air Pagan community

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If someone were to ask me what Pagan community is like in the St. Louis area, I’d say, “Picnic.” Part festival, part family reunion, and altogether joyous, the St. Louis Pagan Picnic celebrated its 20th anniversary June 9 and 10. Organizers said more than 4,000 people—perhaps as many as 4,500—gathered over two days in Tower Grove [Read More...]


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