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

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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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Kokopelli: Fertility God of the American Southwest

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

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Why I Call Myself a Polytheist

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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...]

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Can Deity Be a Fad?

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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...]

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On Becoming American: Citizenship as Initiation

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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

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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...]

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Uppercase Paganism

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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...]

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Today We Won!

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A world that refuses dignity to every consensual relationship is a world that doesn’t honor what I think of as sacred. [Read more...]

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