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The Margins of Pagan History

I like writing about Pagan history, but it can be oh so difficult. The histories of most religions are written well after the principle characters have all passed on. Gerald Gardner sometimes feels like a guy from the very distant past, but there are people still around who met Gardner and were even initiated by him. The same is true of Druid Ross Nichols, founder of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids back in 1964. Even Starhawk (who I think is one of the most important Pagan writers of all … [Read More...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 2000′s

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Public Paganism. Back in 1954 Gerald Gardner released the first book documenting a living, breathing, and long-lasting Witch tradition and kicked off the Pagan revival. Gifted with an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray Witchcraft Today launched a now world-wide religious movement. I'm sure that Witches and other Pagans existed and practiced before Gardner, but Gardner made his (and by extension our) presence known in a big way. Modern Paganism would most … [Read More...]

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The Morrigan, War, & How We See our Gods

(Last week Asa West published I Have Conversed with the Morrígan about Gaza at her blog Jewish Witch here on Patheos Pagan. Her post inspired a great deal of discussion and thought both here at Patheos Pagan and in social media. I encountered several people who disagreed with Asa's understanding on the goddess and when they lamented not having an online outlet for their take on the Morrigan I offered up Raise the Horns. And with that I bid you welcome to only the second guest post in the history … [Read More...]

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The Grass is Always Greener . . . . . Pagan Community

I just spent the last couple of days in Greenville North Carolina. Never heard of Greenville? I can't say it was really on my radar until I was invited down there to speak by The Sojourner bookstore. Once I settled in late Thursday night and got through my first workshop on Saturday afternoon (three hours!) I was completely in love with the place and the people who were there.While driving to the store I couldn't help but stop and stare at every home with a "for sale" sign in the front … [Read More...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1990′s

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Public Paganism. Back in 1954 Gerald Gardner released the first book documenting a living, breathing, and long-lasting Witch tradition and kicked off the Pagan revival. Gifted with an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray Witchcraft Today launched a now world-wide religious movement. I'm sure that Witches and other Pagans existed and practiced before Gardner, but Gardner made his (and by extension our) presence known in a big way. Modern Paganism would most … [Read More...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1980′s

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Public Paganism. Back in 1954 Gerald Gardner released the first book documenting a living, breathing, and long-lasting Witch tradition. Gifted with an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray Witchcraft Today launched a now world-wide religious movement. I'm sure that Witches and other Pagans existed and practiced before Gardner, but Gardner made his (and by extension our) presence known in a big way. Modern Paganism would most likely have existed without … [Read More...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1970′s

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Public Paganism. Back in 1954 Gerald Gardner released the first book documenting a living, breathing, and long-lasting Witch tradition. Gifted with an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray Witchcraft Today launched a now world-wide religious movement. I'm sure that Witches and other Pagans existed and practiced before Gardner, but Gardner made his (and by extension our) presence known in a big way. Modern Paganism would most likely have existed without … [Read More...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1960′s

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Public Paganism. Back in 1954 Gerald Gardner released the first book documenting a living, breathing, and long-lasting Witch tradition. Gifted with an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray Witchcraft Today launched a now world-wide religious movement. I'm sure that Witches and other Pagans existed and practiced before Gardner, but Gardner made his (and by extension our) presence known in a big way. Modern Paganism would most likely have existed without … [Read More...]

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Pagan Time Capsule: 1950′s

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Public Paganism. Back in 1954 Gerald Gardner released the first book documenting a living, breathing, and long-lasting Witch tradition. Gifted with an introduction by Dr. Margaret Murray Witchcraft Today launched a now world-wide religious movement. I'm sure that Witches and other Pagans existed and practiced before Gardner, but Gardner made his (and by extension our) presence known in a big way. Modern Paganism would most likely have existed without … [Read More...]

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The Smaller Sabbats (Or Where did Lughnasadh Go?)

As I write this it's Lughnasa, but you'll excuse me if I wasn't able to tell that online. I just flipped over to the front page of Patheos Pagan (the home of this blog) and there was one little article about the sabbat on our front page. (Since it was one of mine I'm not even sure that really counts.) I know that there have been at least two other articles about the holiday here at PP over the last two weeks but the amount of cyber ink given to the holiday has been small. Some of that might … [Read More...]


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