Mercury Retrograde, Orthodoxy and the Pagan Community

It’s a holiday weekend. A celebration of the labor we do every day, a break from the daily grind. I considered writing a fluff piece today, maybe a bit on “blue-collar Gods” with labor music. Guthrie and Utah Phillips. Something free of the drama mercury retrograde can tease out of us so readily. It’s not [Read More…]

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Guest Post: Peter Dybing on Directionally Challenged Pagans

Some of us have had the experience of helping to set up a ritual site and the gentle amusement that comes with a group of directionally challenged Pagans debating witch direction is witch.  It also seems that the larger the gathering the more vocal the debate.  We, well known practitioners, unsure of the directions, each [Read More…]

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Pagans and Interfaith Work

There are few issues more controversial in Paganism than if and how we should engage in interfaith work. Passionate voices debate the pros and cons. Some are wary, remembering a time when interfaith work, and being publicly Pagan, was far more dangerous than it is today. Others are determined that it is necessary for our [Read More…]

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Treating the Gods like Pokemon? Respect, Tolerance and Pagan Solidarity

This morning I found the most fabulous video in my Facebook feed. It was a young woman describing irresponsible eclecticism as “treating the Gods like Pokemon”. What a brilliant way to describe this phenomenon. When people first discover Paganism they tend to delve into practices that can be considered unethical by the larger community. Generally [Read More…]

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Pagan Soup: Demons, Druids and Westboro Baptist

The most amazing thing about the internet is that a rich ecosystem of Pagan media is flourishing. I find myself consistently inspired and amazed by not only the great writers on Patheos but all across this virtual Pagandom we’ve created together. So before I run off to work on my own scribblings I have to [Read More…]

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Drama Llamas: An Interview with a Therapy Ninja

Morning meetings were one of my favorite parts of PSG. Along with the drumming, dancing, musicians, skits, satyrs in the daylight, announcements, sassy raffle ladies and chanting, the morning meeting also featured drama llamas! Truly talks to us about drama llamas, his memories of PSG and why PSG is such a unique event. [audio:http://www.archive.org/download/InterviewWithTrulyAtPaganSpiritGathering2010/Psg30TrulyPaganNewswireCollectivegood.mp3] So [Read More…]

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Community: Thoughts on Pagan Spirit Gathering

While at PSG I noticed that community was the foundation of the festival and it was a theme that kept coming up over and over in the interviews we conducted. I’ve tried to gather some of the clips that illustrate the community feeling of PSG: how safe, friendly and inclusive an environment the event has [Read More…]

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