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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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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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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Pagans and politics

The Pnyx, where the Athenian parliament met. “Pnyx-berg2“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

What is the relationship between Paganism(s) and politics? Some have argued that Paganism is not political. Some have criticised the political style and presentation of the emerging polytheist movement. Some are uncomfortable with the politics around consent culture, racism, gender, and sexuality in Paganism and polytheism. [Read more...]

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7 things I wish people knew about Wicca

John William Waterhouse - Tate Gallery, online database: entry N01572 Public Domain

1. That Wiccan theology is diverse This one applies equally to Wiccans, polytheists, and everyone really. In Wicca, you can be a pantheist, a polytheist, an atheist, a duotheist, a monist, a Neoplatonist monotheist, a polymorphist, or all of them at once, and hardly anyone minds. Sable Aradia explains all about it in The Many Faces of [Read More...]

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Marriage equality: All you need is love… or is it?

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I am immensely heartened by the legalisation of same-sex marriage across the United States of America. This makes the US the 23rd country to legalise it. Given the large number of people in same-sex relationships who want to get married, it seems like a very good idea, especially when it grants access to all kinds of other benefits. And we should celebrate our victories along the way. However, it does not mean that the struggle for equality is over. [Read more...]

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A Pagan perspective on the Bible

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The Bible has inspired people to rise up against their oppressors and demand freedom and equality. It is full of rich stories and poetry and demands for equality. It is much more than a single book – it is a collection of stories. Therefore, we should stop reading it as a religious text, and read it as a classic work of our shared culture – the way we read Shakespeare or Milton. [Read more...]

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