Finding the Mystery

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The word “mystery” has been associated with Modern Paganism from the very beginning. Wicca began as a “mystery tradition” but there’s more to mystery than initiations. “Mystery” is the life breath of Modern Pagan ritual, it’s what transforms us and brings us closer to our gods, our world, and those we love. [Read more...]

Samhain Season’s End

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Samhain is more than simply a “day.” In my life it’s always been a season, a time of year stretching from early autumn into the first week to ten days of November. Here’s how I spent much of that season. [Read more...]

When Someone Leaves Paganism

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When someone I respect leaves the Pagan fold I often feel a little bit betrayed, an emotion I know is completely irrational. When people choose to walk a different road the best thing we can do is be supportive. [Read more...]

Happy Pagan New Year?

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For many Pagans Samhain is the Pagan New Year, but not all Pagans feel that way. Jason at Raise the Horns celebrates a variety of “new years” and explains why Samhain has never felt like the start of something new to him. [Read more...]

American Horror Story: Fearful Pranks Ensue

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It’s Halloween for America’s most notorious witches, what treats or tricks did American Horror Story serve up this time around? Zombies, vengeance, and an overly eccentric Witch Council, it’s like all the Samhains you celebrate in your neighborhood, right? [Read more...]

20 Questions With Lon Milo DuQuette

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Most people slow down at age 65, not Lon Milo DuQuette. In addition to being one of the world’s most well known ceremonial magicians he’s also a best-selling author and a singer-songwriter. DuQuette was gracious enough to find some time in his busy schedule to talk with us about music, books, Crowley, and Sammy Davis Jr. [Read more...]

Everything Samhain & Halloween (Rituals, Histories, and More!)

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We’ve got you covered for wherever your Samhain and Halloween celebrations might take you. Links to rituals, histories, and all sorts of other Halloween goodies. It’s one stop reading for all of your late October needs. [Read more...]

We Don’t Own Halloween

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Are there bits and pieces of Halloween that most likely date back to an ancient pagan celebration? Sure, I think so, but nothing exists in a vacuum. Most modern holidays have all kinds of layers and are an amalgamation of various cultures, traditions, religions, and market forces (never underestimate the desire to turn something into a money making enterprise). [Read more...]

Pagan Folkways: Richard Shindell

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Richard Shindell is one of the most talented and praised singer-songwriters on the folk music scene. His music also contains a lot of spiritual overtones that might be of interest to many Modern Pagans. [Read more...]

A Halloween History

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So where exactly did most of our Halloween customs come from? Is Halloween truly an ancient pagan festival or something else entirely. The history of Halloween is full of starts and stops, and contains both Christian and Pagan elements. Learn more about many people’s favorite holiday! [Read more...]


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