“Less Christian Than Thou”: Neo-Paganism and Polytheism Beyond the Christian Divide

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Neo-Pagans and Polytheists — have fundamentally different issues. Polytheism and Neo-Paganism don’t just represent different answers to the same question, they represent different answers to different questions. I think much of the conflict between our two communities might arise from the failure to appreciate that each group is trying to be the answer to a different question. It’s become platitudinous to say that none of us have all the answers. But it is equally true that none of us have all the questions. If we can’t appreciate one another’s answers, perhaps we should begin by trying to appreciate each other’s questions. [Read more...]

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7 Reasons Why Christmas is Part of My Pagan Wheel of the Year

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1.  Yule is NOT a minor sabbat. “Whenever I hear a Neo-Pagan say that the winter solstice is a ‘minor Sabbat’, I can’t help but roll my eyes.  What makes it ‘minor’?  The fact that Margaret Murray only listed the cross-quarters as witches’ sabbats?  Because Gerald Gardner only added the quarter days as an afterthought? [Read More...]

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Someone said something stupid on the internet … so I went to my altar.

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Yesterday, I read a blog post that tested my recent commitment to abstain from Internet drama. My habit would be to respond to their post a post of my own, to break it all down line by line, and then hit back with a rebuttal. Instead, I went to my altar. [Read more...]

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How Pagan Spaces Become Toxic to Non-Theistic Pagans (Part 2)

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I present this as an example of the kind of animosity and vitriol that non-theistic Pagans can encounter in nominally open Pagan spaces. [Read more...]

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How Pagan Spaces Become Toxic to Non-Theistic Pagans (Part 1)

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I present this as an example of the kind of animosity and vitriol that non-theistic Pagans can encounter in nominally open Pagan spaces. [Read more...]

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Why Pagans Hate “Witches of America”

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I wonder if perhaps what underlies some of the intensity of the Pagan condemnation of Witches of America is that, in the end, Mar didn’t “convert” to Paganism. [Read more...]

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