Pagan Easter Breakfast, and the origin of Easter things

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For the last ten years* or so my wife and I have hosted what we fondly call “Pagan Easter Breakfast.” Pagan Easter Breakfast (or PEB) is exactly what it sounds like, it’s breakfast on Easter by and for Pagans. I’ve had a few Pagans accuse me of having a “secret Christian agenda” for hosting such [Read More...]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things March

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What can a naturalist celebrate in March? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles March 19th-20th is an Equinox.  That is, it is one of only two times a year when the tilt [Read More...]

What Was Lost: The Story of Spring

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I only had a single moment with her father, but it was enough. When I first knew that I was pregnant, I felt such joy at the thought of this small life growing inside of me. I felt her tiny kicks and stirrings. I found myself smiling with each push and stretch. When she was [Read More...]

Purification of the Front Door

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In the Religio Romana the first day of the New Moon is called the Kalends. The Kalends of February holds a special significance as this is the month of purification. A ritual purification of the front door of a house is therefore held on 1 February. The door ought to be washed down with water [Read More...]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things February

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Welcome to the first post of Naturalistic Traditions, a new column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles February 4th is a Cross-quarter.  That is, it is the midpoint between the previous solstice and the upcoming equinox.  As such, it is one [Read More...]

Imbolc Candle Ritual

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Patti Wigington, over at About.com, shares a candle ritual to honor Imbolc: Hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors relied upon the sun as their only source of light, the end of winter was met with much celebration. Although it is still cold in February, often the sun shines brightly above us, and the skies [Read More...]


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