Vote for the Worth and Dignity of Every Person

There is a value that people in the various Pagan and Magic traditions share: the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Everyone has a human right to health care, sustenance, and housing. This election vote for the candidates who will uphold the programs that put these values into action. What stronger actions are there to show a person they are valued then to maintain their physical temple by feeding them, housing them, and getting them the medical wisdom they need? Fortunately there … [Read more...]

Circle Round

In 2005, I met Shekhinah Mountainwater one of the foremothers of the American Goddess movement. We lived just a few blocks from each other in the Seabright district of Santa Cruz, CA. We didn't always agree on thealogy or thealagie as she spelled it to feminize Goddess studies even further. She did teach me to literally think outside of the box and it changed my life forever. We were in her apartment in the temple room. We sat among many draperies and pillows heavily perfumed with incense … [Read more...]

Aligning Pagan Values of Community and Honor with Action

We have forgotten who we are We have sought only our own security We have exploited simply for our own ends We have distorted our knowledge We have abused our power [...] We ask for the gift of remembering We ask for the strength to change." - John Matthews, The Quest for the Green Man The virtue of honor gives us the strength to become capable of living and acting for the long haul, rather than immediate gain. There is nothing we cannot do, because we learn to not give up easily, to … [Read more...]

Interview with Drake Spaeth, PsyD.: Pagan Minister, Psychologist, and Professor (Part 1)

Because of the Western world's economic downturn or crisis as it is sometimes called, there is a debate going on in the United States and the United Kingdom over health care budget cuts. These proposed cuts are disheartening for disabled and impaired Pagans. The good news is citizens aren't going to take it. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/25/saturday-us-and-uk-citizens-unite-to-uncut-social-benefits/ The other news is that important steps are being made toward better … [Read more...]

Divine Family Health Care Practices

There is an informative three part series on Pagan health care by Cara Schulz at Pagan+politics, a project of the Pagan Newswire Collective. "Much of the conversation regarding health care in our country revolves around cost and what the government’s responsibility is towards the citizens in providing health care. Sprinkled throughout are bits about greedy doctors, litigious lawyers, and rich taxpayers. Very little is said about the role that you and I play in maintaining our health. We … [Read more...]

Interview with Charlton Hall, therapist and Chief Druid of the UOD Part 2

I had the opportunity to interview Charlton Hall, MMFT, LMFT, therapist and Chief Druid of the Universal Order of Druids about his survey, Pagan Perspectives on Marriage, mental illness in the Pagan community. If you are a Pagan and would like to participate visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/67JKXMG You can read Part 1 at www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/02/01/interview-with-charlton-hall-therapist-and-chief-druid-of-the-uod/ Part 2 Masery: On your page at the Saluda … [Read more...]

Interview with Kimberly Hendrick, PhD about the groundbreaking Pagan Health Survey

by Masery Kimberly Hendrick is one of the founders of the TriWinds Institute triwindsinstitute.org for social and environmental research and outreach in Forest Falls, CA. She is a cultural anthropologist, Pagan, and Druid who spent several years interviewing Pagans and conducting a survey to further understand their health care views and needs. The overall costs including fees for attending and presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) www.apha.org/meetings annual meeting was … [Read more...]


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