Druid Thoughts: Druid or Pagan?

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I’m all too aware that if I put material out under the ‘Druid’ label, I’m not going to reach as many people as if I use the term ‘Pagan’. It’s not just a cynical marketing issue, but a question of how useful it is to break things down to their smallest categories. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Communities or Movements?

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Before Christmas, I wrote that Paganism could perhaps be better understood if we examined it through the lens of culture. Now, a month or so later, I feel that I must retreat a bit from that position, as I fear that my words could be understood as an attempt to silence the voices of faith. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Some Questions for Pagan Identity

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Perhaps Paganism isn’t a collection of religions, but a certain way of being in the world. Perhaps being Pagan means that we have chosen to experience the world differently than the larger society expects us to. Perhaps, Paganism has become a political position, rather than a religious one. If this is the case, then our doctrinal disputes over what constitutes proper Paganism are null and void. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: Community is More Than You

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When you call yourself Pagan, you are claiming membership in that community and are making yourself beholden to it. Regardless of what Paganism represents to you, it extends beyond you, and you must be aware of the responsibilities that claiming membership to such a community entails. [Read more...]

Why We Are Pagans

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Patheos hosted a Blogger Challenge for our contributors to explain their religious choices in 200 words or less! Enjoy the responses from these Pagan Channel authors. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Seeking God, Found by Goddess (Why I Am Pagan)

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When I was a child, I wondered why God had stopped talking to people in the cool of the evening, as we walked together through lovely gardens. Years later, in a guided meditation, I found myself in a beautiful garden. A glowing female form approached and embraced me. Who was She? [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Why I Am A Witch

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Patheos is hosting a challenge right now: answer the question “Why I am a…” in 200 words or less. I’ve decided to answer with a poem. [Read more...]


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