The Tenacity of Living Things

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Sometimes the wild things don’t just exist in the forest, they can be found in our own front yards. [Read more...]

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Deities Matter

"Hylas and the Nymphs" by John William Waterhouse.  From WikiMedia.

If we are going to put time and energy into creating rituals, we should take at least an equal amount of time and energy determining who we should invite to those rites. The deities we call matter. [Read more...]

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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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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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