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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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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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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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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Be Nice to the “Fluffy Bunnies”

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I have a confession to make. When I first started out in Paganism some twenty-odd years ago I was what some of you might call a “Fluffy Bunny” and looking back on it I wouldn’t change a thing. [Read more...]

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8 Ways to Celebrate Ostara

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Just a few ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox . . . . Ideas for rituals, parties, gatherings and more! Here’s to the Spring! Here’s to Ostara! [Read more...]

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Not My Council

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I have no doubt that many of the people involved in “The American Council of Witches 2015″ have the best of intentions. However the way they’ve announced their existence and rolled out their social media has left me and many others a bit wary. People are welcome to form their own councils, just don’t start thinking that you’re representing me. [Read more...]

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Finding the Common Ground at PantheaCon

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Over the last few years I’ve tried to express the idea that our differences are often much smaller in person than they appear to be online. I found that to be the case numerous times at the PantheaCon festival this past weekend. There is just no substitute for direct and personal engagement with people.
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The Non-Adept’s Guide to Robert Cochrane

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Robert Cochrane was a witch active in the early 1960′s until his untimely death in 1966. Though he has a rather limited written legacy he has had a huge influence on Modern Witchcraft in the decades since his passing. This is not the definitive account of Cochrane and his work, but does provide a good starting point. Cochrane left us nearly fifty years ago, but his work lives on. [Read more...]

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