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

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

American Paganisms: Feraferia

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…]

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

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…]

4 Things I Sometimes Envy In Other Faith Traditions

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…]

Kokopelli: Fertility God of the American Southwest

The origins and attributes of Kokopelli, Native American fertility god of the Southwest. [Read more…]

Why I Call Myself a Polytheist

I’ve always thought of myself as a practitioner of Wicca and a polytheist. I think deity is real and that it can and does interact with us. [Read more…]

Can Deity Be a Fad?

Can deity be a fad? Are certain goddesses and gods just trendy? Perhaps, but then again perhaps deities re-emerge for very specific reasons. [Read more…]

On Becoming American: Citizenship as Initiation

Here in the Pagan community, we speak of “Initiations” with a mixture of awe and proprietary-ness – as if we were the ones who invented them. If we did, it is only in the broadest sense of “pagans” and only in the most mythological of ways.
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Paganism, the 60’s, and the Grateful Dead

If Paganism is a culture and not a religious grouping then the music and fandom of the Grateful Dead has long been a Pagan institution. The best moments I’ve had as a Pagan I’ve also experienced with Deadheads. [Read more…]

Uppercase Paganism

What to capitalize in Paganism has long been a tricky and confusing subject, and how people approach capitalizing words such as Pagan, Witch, and gods is often a very personal thing. [Read more…]