Combative Comments Interfere with Readers’ Critical Thinking

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A recent study suggests that allowing readers to be exposed to combative comments interferes with their ability to process new information and think critically about it. In fact, readers exposed to such comments tend to double down on their existing beliefs, i.e. their beliefs about the topic become more polarized than before, while their perceptions of the negative aspects of the topic being discussed increase. [Read more...]

Consent Culture 101: Basic Practices and Teaching Games

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What is consent culture, and how do we build it? Here are some basic practices that Pagans can use for teaching consent culture to both children and adults. [Read more...]

Now the green blade rises: a Pagan perspective on Easter

Vincent Van Gogh, Wheat Field (1889)

You can enjoy Easter on a mythical and mystical level. There’s no need to take it literally to enjoy the unfolding drama of the Mystery. We can witness the many stories of death and resurrection, and experience transformation ourselves, like participants in a mystery tradition. [Read more...]

Silence equals complicity: making Pagan groups safe for everyone

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We are supposed to be a community that values women, that believes women are the embodiment of the Divine just as much as men, if not more so.

We are a community that celebrates all acts of love and pleasure. Well, let me tell you right now, anything less than enthusiastic consent is not an act of love and pleasure. Love and pleasure are sacred. Rape and abuse are the most horrible violations of the sacred integrity of the human body. [Read more...]

Vampires and Addicts

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Are vampires a metaphor for the way we are drinking other species, the land, and each other dry? Margot Adler’s new book considers the wild popularity of vampires in media and suggests that, in the twenty-first century, the vampires are us. [Read more...]

Old magic versus new magic

Morgan le Fay, by Frederick Sandys

Recently I received an enquiry from a seeker in Eastern Europe, where much of the traditional magical practices and folklore were wiped out under Communism. There are many seekers in the area, but not many experienced practitioners. The seeker was especially interested in older forms of magic, and asked how to tell the difference between fake and real techniques. [Read more...]

The struggle is not over yet

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I am delighted that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can now marry someone of the same sex in England and Wales, and that some religious groups will be able to marry same-sex couples in their places of worship. [Read more...]


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