A Queer Pagan Reading List

By Malcolm Lidbury (aka Pinkpasty) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here are a bunch of books for the LGBTQ Pagan reader. I have either read these and can recommend them, or I have read another book by the same author, and can therefore recommend the ones on this list. [Read more...]

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Why Pagans don’t proselytise or evangelise

A deer in Holland. Photo by Yvonne Aburrow

Pagans don’t actively seek converts because we believe that the realisation that you are a Pagan wells up from within, as a response to the beauty of Nature, the call of the Pagan deities, or a growing convergence with Pagan values and a Pagan world-view. We do not believe that it is “cosmically necessary” to be a Pagan – our gods want willing adherents, not forced ones, and they do not punish people who do not believe in them (ancient pagans also did not believe in punishment for non-believers). [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Organisations

Pagan handfasting ceremony at Avebury (Beltane 2005) - source: ShahMai Network

Pagan organisations are important because they represent Pagan organisations to the wider world, and connect members of the Pagan movement together. Through them you can find out more about your chosen tradition, and meet other Pagans to celebrate with. [Read more...]

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Summer Solstice, and the gender-stereotyping is easy

Japanese Sun goddess Amaterasu emerging from a Cave,"ORIGIN OF IWATO KAGURA DANCE"

A whistle-stop tour of Sun goddesses and Moon gods to celebrate the Summer Solstice [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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Paganism for Beginners: Rites of Passage

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A rite of passage is a ritual or ceremony to celebrate and mark the passage from one phase of life to the next. Rites of passage ease us over the threshold into the next phase, and help us to understand and embrace our new status. Rites of passage include baby naming, coming of age, coming out, initiation, marriage, divorce, croning, and funerals. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Values

The Temple of Ancient Virtue

Paganism is a life-affirming religion, and most Pagans view the physical world as sacred. Pagan values flow from that and embrace it. [Read more...]

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