Eager for Decay: Looking Forward to Autumn

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Autumn is my favorite season. I revel in it. I read somewhere once that Hel's kingdom was forever a misty autumn, and whether that is true or not, it makes me reluctant to grab hold of a sword when I near death.Loving autumn is a strange thing. Everything is in decline, in decay. Entropy is winning. Those bright leaves? That's the result of trees trying desperately to stave off the inevitable winter. It's a season of death, and I love it.I'm not the only one. Almost everywhere I look … [Read more...]

Active Sexual Consent (and Dissent)

With examples like Tristan and isolde, no wonder we're mixed up about consent.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Since Jonathan Korman wrote about consent, I've been giving it some deep thought. Including the comment by Niki Whiting on how women need to be educated about consent. And I've been thinking of it in context of the freak out in the atheist community over harassment, and in other freak outs that have happened in the Pagan community. I think one of the problems with consent and communication is that we tend to treat sexual attraction as some sort … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout Playlist and More Good Stuff

So I put all of the Pagan Hangout videos into a playlist, so if you want to catch up you can just hit play and watch while you're folding laundry. They are a lot of fun, so if you haven't watched you are missing out!P. Sufenas Virius Lupus discusses how Pride has become commercialized.The Wild Hunt notes a Wiccan has been denied clergy status by the state of Virginia (the same state the Jefferson was proud of including religious freedom in its consitution).Aidan Kelly has … [Read more...]

Pagan Hangout: Media at Festivals

This week I'm going to be talking to a lot of Pagan Newswire Collective folks about their week at Pagan Spirit Gathering.Pagan Hangout happens every Wednesday. Here's the time guide:11 AM EDT (New York) 10 AM CDT (Nashville) 9 AM MDT (Denver) 8 AM PDT (Seattle) 4 PM BST (London) … [Read more...]

13 Songs for the Summer Solstice

I thought surely my readers were tired of these, but apparently not. The sun is reaching his zenith, the days are long, and the nights are warm. These are busy days!Tomorrow I will be hosting two different hangouts. One to discuss Sarah Whedon's new e-book Birth of the Labyrinth Path, and one to discuss the sun in Pagan practice.On Patheos Pagan today there is Steven Abell's first-hand account of Trothmoot, addressing the rumors that have been floating around. Gus diZerega discusses the … [Read more...]

Is Paganism Blind To The Disabled?

When we were talking about Pagan temples awhile back it struck me how many of the commenters seemed entirely blind or dismissive of the needs of those who have a medical disability or impairment. I was going to write a big post on it, but it's a pretty day and I need to get some offline sunshine.Think about all your Pagan ritual experiences. Think about the most typical rituals you've attended. Think about the festivals and conferences you've attended.How would you have participated if … [Read more...]

Hekate’s Deipnon: Time To Mop Up

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In Hellenic religion, today is the Deipnon. Part of a 3 day religious observance at the time of the dark and new moon.It's a time to close up unfinished business before the new moon appears. People pay any remaining bills, respond to all correspondence, donate to a food shelter, make offerings to Hekate, and clean house.I've never celebrated the Deipnon before. I'm giving it a shot today, and my roommates are rather serendipitously on board, as they have guests arriving tomorrow, and … [Read more...]

Supporting Pagan Journalism

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People ask me to attend a lot of events. I have to decline a lot. I just don't have the funds to travel. This year I missed out on PantheaCon, but, far more heartbreakingly, I won't be able to attend Pagan Spirit Gathering. I could attend technically, but it would mean eating ramen for a couple of months and putting off needed car repairs. Traveling to Pagan events like this is expensive, and I don't make a lot of money right now. When I came back from PSG last year I had less than 50 cents to … [Read more...]

Spring Song

Possibly the most sickly sweet piece of classical music ever written.So how do you plan to celebrate Ostara? … [Read more...]

Egg Dying Tricks for Ostara

I'm ready to dye some eggs this year and I want to step up my game from the basic egg dyeing kit. Here's some tips and tricks I've found. Natural Dyes Not crazy about chemicals? Here are a couple of videos talking about natural dyes:Ukranian Eggs Want to take on more elaborate degigns? Give Ukranian egg decorating a try! … [Read more...]


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