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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Selling Spellwork

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“Selling spellwork” is a part of our heritage. Cunning-folk didn’t give their expertise away for free. Just because you don’t want to buy a spell doesn’t mean the people selling such services are bad Pagans or Witches. [Read more...]

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Etsy Bans Spellwork?

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The online storefront Etsy has recently changed what can be sold on the site. Of specific interest to Pagans is the ban “of (any) metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change . . .even if it delivers a tangible item. ” [Read more...]

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Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

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Lots of ideas to help plan your Midsummer ritual or gathering. The Summer Solstice is full of mythology and lore that makes for effective ritual. [Read more...]

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Not Fakelore: The Burning Times

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Were the Burning Times a real event? Most certainly, but not necessarily in the way some people imagine. [Read more...]

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Not Fakelore: The Witchcraft Revival

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So was Gerald Gardner initiated into a coven of Witches in 1939? Even if he wasn’t, could there be some truth in the story anyways? [Read more...]

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