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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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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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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Unbroken Traditions, Or, How the Death of Traditional Wicca Is A Myth

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Is Traditional Wicca dying? That most certainly depends on who you ask. [Read more...]

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Handfastings & Weddings: A Guide

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Planning a wedding or a handfasting? A few rites and tips to make your ceremony and day even more special. [Read more...]

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