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 so it suits me. If I want to get more descriptive I would say Hellenic Pagan. What an individual wants to label themselves is none of my concern, ultimately.However, where I start to get … [Read more...]

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, monistic Wicca of today) and while I myself am no longer Wiccan and haven't been for a decade, I still honor those who took the time to teach and educate me. Second, because the term … [Read more...]

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, most people will simply assume I celebrate the equinoxes, cast a circle, use a four elements framework or have a male/female view on ritual and ceremony. The term has a Wiccan baggage that … [Read more...]

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 and captured the picture of the swastika drawn on the Union Jack.One thing she said stuck with me, because it's something I'd wondered myself since I was a child. She said no one was offering to … [Read more...]

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 aches. I slept badly. Just one of those days where you want to crawl in bed with some Benadryl and start over tomorrow.Oh but time waits for no woman, even if she's fixing her hair. So up I am trying to sort through … [Read more...]

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 this question. I think partly because for many people the answers are oathbound and I think a lot of folks simply don't care. Which is odd, because I think this may be the … [Read more...]

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 the pagans, exactly? Various answers to this question have been put forward over the years, many of which conflict and confuse, and none of which are adequate in my opinion. To … [Read more...]

Reconciling Wicca’s Gods

(I should state that I am not yet an initiate of the tradition I am studying, so nothing beyond the quote is representative of my tradition.)I've noticed an interesting thing. There are people who identify as Wiccan who shun the term Pagan and people who embrace the label of Pagan that shy away from anything that suggests Wiccan. I used to be one of the latter but I now embrace both labels. Often once I've reconciled something within my own heart I tend to assume everyone else has reached the … [Read more...]