Remembering 9/11

(Warning: some of the descriptions below are graphic and may be disturbing for some readers.) It’s the aftermath of 9/11 I remember the most: people wandering like ghosts through silent streets for days after the towers fell; the echoing silence everywhere, a silence so profound it was nearly palpable; the scorched and smoky smell that [Read More...]

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Changing of the Gods?

After a metaphysical theory class yesterday I went on a quick shopping trip with some friends. All I was looking for was incense, but I fell head over heels in love with this statue. It’s Hephaistos (Hephaestus) forging thunderbolts at his anvil and it fills my heart with joy. When your patron is a Deity [Read More...]

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Isaac Bonewits, Hail and Farewell!

This morning Pagan elder Isaac Bonewits crossed over to the Summerlands. I never really knew Isaac but like many modern Pagans I certainly felt his influence. There is a lovely eulogy for Isaac on The Wild Hunt this morning that is far more eloquent than I am capable of today. Here is also a video [Read More...]

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Agora: A New Film In The Pagan Cinematic Pantheon

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a weeper. I can squeeze out a tear, maybe two in a sad movie, but crying isn’t something I do often or easily. I wept softly all through Agora. *There may be spoilers ahead.* I’d been waiting to see Agora for months. Finally the little art-house cinema [Read More...]

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Columbia and The Wicker Man: Embracing The Barbaric?

Over the July 4th weekend several Pagan blogs raised a cry of “Hail Columbia!”. This was met with some mixed reactions, one of the most thought provoking being from Meadowsweet & Myrrh (a blog worth checking out). The critique for worshiping Columbia is this: she is a symbol of the oppression of white colonialism and [Read More...]

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Pagan Inclinations of the Founding Fathers

What a great thing it is, to live in a country founded on principles of freedom, especially religious freedom. Despite those who would rewrite history, the United States of America is “not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”: a statement approved by George Washington himself. In fact, many of the building blocks of [Read More...]

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A 30th Pagan Spirit Gathering Thank You!

Folks I just got back from the 30th Annual Pagan Spirit Gathering at lovely Camp Zoe in Salem, MO. While there is going to be a lot of content on this extraordinary event in the upcoming weeks I wanted to take the time to say a quick thank you to some of the people who [Read More...]

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The Development of Heathen Culture – Part II

William Arnal writes that “no statement about what religion is can avoid at least partially explaining what religion does, where it comes from, and how it works.”(Arnal, p. 22). This is an issue not just for the specialist but for would-be theologians within the Asatru community as well. There is, especially given the rising denominational [Read More...]

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Shaving Bunnies: Doing Your Research 101

Helllloooooooo Baby Pagani! Here at Paganism 101 we do insist on a bit of research. No excuses for sloppy ignorance here! Almost any rumor you have heard about Pagan religions can be easily put to rest with a little digging on the internet. You know what that is, you’re using it to read this blog! [Read More...]

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