About Yvonne Aburrow

Yvonne Aburrow has been a Pagan since 1985 and a Wiccan since 1991. She has an MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities from Bath Spa University, and lives and works in Oxford, UK. She has written four books on the mythology and folklore of trees, birds, and animals, and two anthologies of poetry. She is the editor of the Theologies of Immanence wiki, a collaborative project for creating grass-roots Pagan theology.

Walking While Black: A Song

Protestors carrying placards at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York City 28 November 2014, 12:50:28 CC-BY-SA 2.0 Author: The All-Nite Images

Eric was walking down the street
Walking while Black, held his head high
Just trying to breathe, trying to pray,
Trying to get through another day. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Magical Names

The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman

There are many reasons why someone might want a Pagan name: to feel more in touch with a particular deity, animal, bird, or tree; to emphasise a quality that you possess, or to which you aspire; to celebrate a connection with a particular animal, bird, plant, place, or being hat you already feel. [Read more...]

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Why is Hate More Newsworthy Than Love?

“Þingblót 2009” by Photograph by Lenka Kovářová. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. -

Although a majority of people of faith support same-sex marriage and inclusivity, and are opposed to racism, the haters and bigots get far more news coverage than the welcoming and inclusive people. Why is hate more newsworthy than love? [Read more...]

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Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance

"Temple of Baal-Shamin, Palmyra" by Bernard Gagnon - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Temple_of_Baal-Shamin,_Palmyra.jpg#/media/File:Temple_of_Baal-Shamin,_Palmyra.jpg

I agree with and support the Polytheist Day of Protest and Remembrance, but I would like to see more emphasis within it on the people killed by DAESH, as well. I note that the call to action includes “and all the other horrors Daesh have committed” but that seems like only a nod to the people they have [Read More...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Diversity

"Ny nordisk mat (12)" by Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 dk via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ny_nordisk_mat_(12).jpg#/media/File:Ny_nordisk_mat_(12).jpg

The diversity of contemporary Paganism can be a bit bewildering for newcomers and outsiders, but I think it is a good thing, because it caters to the variety of religious tastes and experiences. [Read more...]

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Many deities, one beloved

"Hestia tapestry". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hestia_tapestry.jpg#/media/File:Hestia_tapestry.jpg

It is possible to be a monogamous polytheist, or a polyamorous monotheist. I am monogamous and polytheist. I regard being monogamous as similar to a sexual orientation. I always assumed that I was polyamorous and then discovered otherwise. I tried and failed to be polyamorous. I am definitely monogamous (and madly in love) and it is nothing to do with jealousy and everything to do with love. [Read more...]

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What colour is your witchcraft?

Starry Night, VVincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why the question “are you a black witch or a white witch?” is such an unhelpful question. [Read more...]

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