What’s On Your Pagan Calendar for 2016?

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What does your Pagan Calendar look like? What special days do you observe in addition to the traditional Wheel of the Year? [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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A Unitarian Wheel of the Year

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Vespers in the winter, the Flower Communion in the spring, Pride Day in the summer, and the Ingathering / Water Communion in the autumn constitute a kind of liturgical year or Wheel of the Year for our Unitarian congregation. [Read more...]

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Why This Pagan Won’t Be Honoring His Ancestors on Halloween

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Is Halloween a holy day for you? Do you experience any dissonance with honoring the ancestors while others are trick-or-treating? [Read more...]

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Where would we be without Wicca? (Part 2)

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Without Wicca — and with the influence of esostericism thorough Wicca — Neo-Paganism might outwardly look somewhat different, especially to those of us who came to Neo-Paganism through Wicca or who practice a Wiccanate form of Paganism. But in spite of these differences, there would still be a vibrant and growing Neo-Pagan community, with unique ritual forms and a profound theology — even if Gerald Gardner had never become a witch. [Read more...]

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The Neo-Pagan Mysteries, Part 5: The Dying God

Scholars have criticized Jame Frazer’s Golden Bough, arguing that he glossed over significant differences in order to find his archetypal Dying God. But regardless of whether ancient pagan gods fit the archetype, Frazer’s theory has had a profound influence on contemporary Neo-Paganism. Frazer was a significant influence on Jane Ellen Harrison, Robert Graves, Dion Fortune, D.H. Lawrence, and other writers, who were themselves influential on Neo-Paganism. [Read more...]

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