I Don’t Like the Word “Woo.”

"The Sorceress" by Georges Merle, from WikiMedia.

Many Pagan/Magical folk use the word “woo” to describe supernatural or occult experiences. But some of us just don’t like the word and it was originally meant to be insulting. [Read more...]

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When Someone Leaves Paganism

"Constantine's Conversion" by Peter Paul Rubens, from WikiMedia.

When a friend leaves the Pagan Path we should generally be supportive and act like the friend we say we are. It also provides a good opportunity to look inward and see if we are truly living up to what we claim to believe in. [Read more...]

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American Paganisms: The Feri Tradition

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Perhaps the most long-lasting and influential American Paganism has been the Feri Tradition, originally articulated by Victor and Cora Anderson. In order to further explore the tradition I sat down recently with current Grandmaster Anaar Niino for a wide ranging talk on the tradition, the Andersons, and the future of Feri. [Read more...]

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Why I’m Still a Wiccan Witch (And a Pagan, For Now)

Jusepe deRibera, "Hecate, Procession to a Witch's Sabbath" from Wikipedia.

In my twenty-one years of Paganism I’ve used three different words to describe myself: Wiccan, Witch, and Pagan. Out of the three I like Witch the most these days but my love for all three words has waxed and waned over the years. Instead of looking at just where I’m at today, I thought I’d look at the evolution of those words in my life and experience. [Read more...]

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Many Gods, Many Paganisms

The Council of Gods (Sketch for the Medici Cycle) No.14, Peter Paul Rubens.  From WikiMedia.

While I remain a big fan of the Pagan Umbrella I think there are some holes in it, but it leaks a bit less when we break bread and drink cider together. [Read more...]

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One Does Not Simply Boycott a Sabbat

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One cannot simply boycott a sabbat. Sabbats occur whether you celebrate them or not. [Read more...]

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Lughnassa/Lammas: What’s In a Name (or Date)?

"Harvest Rest" by George Cole, from WikiMedia Commons.

Lammas? Lughnassa? July 31? August 1? Why the different names and dates, and in the end does it matter? [Read more...]

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American Paganisms: Feraferia

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The United States has birthed a large number of Modern Paganisms over the last 100 years. One of the most long lasting and interesting is Feraferia, whose origins date back to the mid 1950′s. [Read more...]

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Buying Pagan Stuff: A Guide For Those Trying to Do (Mostly) the Right Thing

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Finding the middle ground between “Capitalist Witch Destroyer of Rain Forests” and “I Made It All On My Own Out of 100% Recycled Organic Materials” is challenging, but I think it can be done. It’s all about prioritizing what’s most important and making sure you still have money to pay the rent. [Read more...]

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4 Things I Sometimes Envy In Other Faith Traditions

Interfaith Dialogue by Crystal Eye Studio.  Courtesy of Shuterstock.

I’ve been a Pagan for over twenty years now and over that period of time I’ve never had any desire to leave my faith. However, there are times when I look to other faiths with an envious eye. Even when someone practices differently than I do, it’s still possible to learn from them. [Read more...]

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