Guest Post: David Salisbury says Vocabulary is a Privilege

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! Vocabulary is a privilege. Because those in the Pagan sphere have such diversified sets of language, we get the privilege of using language that suits our needs and the needs of our work when we need to. There aren’t many faith traditions that [Read More...]

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Does “Paganism” Bring You Down? – UPDATED

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! Drew Jacob seems to have touched on a hot topic this morning when he explained Why I’m Not Pagan: I haven’t referred to myself as Pagan in at least four years. I use the word polytheist instead, if I need to; it usually [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Tess Dawson on her Unrequited Love for Pagans

The fact of the matter is I’m weary of reminding Pagans that I’m included in the same category. And I’m so very discouraged that my religion is written out of many common makeshift definitions of Paganism. My religion is not completely “nature-based” or “earth-based.” I do not follow the Wiccan Rede or honor the Wheel [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Laura LaVoie says Pagans need to present United Front

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! I use the term Pagan to describe myself. I am neither a reconstructionist nor am I Wiccan so Pagan seems to be the most reasonable description. Polytheist would also suffice but I kind of like the term Pagan and it is easily recognizable [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Allyson says the Pagan debate is a matter of association

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! I am a practicing Hellenic pagan. I use that term rather than polytheist for a number of reasons. First, my background is Wiccan (of the British ilk, traditional, stodgy, and quite hard polytheistic in its nature as opposed to the more open, flowy, [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Helio says Polytheist Is More Enlightening

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post! Helio, who blogs here, has this to say over the usefulness of the label Pagan for polytheists: By my own experience, I’ve come to realize that calling myself a polytheist can be much more enlightening than pagan. If I say I’m the latter, [Read More...]

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Pagans on the Middle East: Intro

Nothing is going as planned today. Somehow the tv ended up stuck on a documentary about a female Jewish reporter who was a PhD by 20 and covered some pivotal Jewish history. Not only did Ruth Gruber greet and interview Jewish refugees coming to the US, she also covered the journey of the ship Exodus [Read More...]

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Valentine to the Gods

Music is healing. I know this to be true. When I feel bad the right piece of music can ease my pain and discomfort, give me space to to unravel my illness and heal it. Right now it feels like all the little green guys from the Mucinex commercial have invaded my throat. My body [Read More...]

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Wicca Series: Who are the God and Goddess?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Who are the God and Goddess of Wicca? Are they specific Gods, or the focal point of all Gods and Goddesses? Not a lot of interest in [Read More...]

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The Definition of ‘Pagan’: Monotheism and Polytheism

This summer, I have spent more time doing pagan things – attending festivals and events, teaching and attending workshops, crafting and performing rituals – than at any other point in my life. During these experiences, I have come to believe that one of the largest issues facing paganism today is one of definition: Who are [Read More...]

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