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

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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...]

Loop of Brighid: Invocation of the Graces, a Brigidine Sacred Text – Part 7

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The ancient Gaels swore oaths on the sun, moon and stars. Modern devotees of Brighid sometimes think of Her as not only a sun goddess but a goddess of all the suns (the stars) and of the moon (since its light is reflected sunlight). You could say that Brighid is able to convey the powers of the sun, moon and stars because they are Her own powers. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Pagans and Pornography

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Erotic content can be beautiful and inspiring. It can prompt us to connect more deeply with our lovers and give us knowledge and confidence for exploration. Anything that celebrates and honours sex can be wholly in keeping with Pagan ethics, values, and lifestyles. If, on the other hand, what you do alienates you and takes you out of the world, serving to devalue and render sordid, then it isn’t good Pagan practice. [Read more...]

Passing Paganism and Polytheism on to Our Children

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In a special site-wide series, Patheos invited invited scholars, practitioners, teachers, and parents from diverse traditions and perspectives to share their wisdom, insights, and best practices on the topic of “Passing on the Faith: Teaching the Next Generation.” Enjoy these responses from our Pagan contributors! [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Making Fall Magical

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Now that Labor Day has passed here in the United States, it finally feels like fall. Schools are back in session, sweaters and boots have appeared in the stores, and the sun is rising just a bit later each morning. The season of apple pickings and bonfires is upon us, and it has always been my favorite time of year.

There’s already a lot of magic in this season (Halloween, anyone?), but here are some simple ways you can infuse a bit more sparkle into your fall. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Role of Music in Teaching the Craft

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Sable Aradia explains why, and how, music is an effective tool in Pagan ritual. [Read more...]

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

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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...]


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