Why is Hate More Newsworthy Than Love?

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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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Navigating the ethical minefield

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As we go through life, most of us find our ethics are guided by the field of Applied Ethics. That is, we use concepts of duty and legal/contractual obligations to guide our behavior. Witchcraft requires a different approach: one of normative ethics. Normative Ethics attempt to define, in general terms, what actions are morally right. [Read more...]

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What colour is your witchcraft?

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

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Pagans and Money

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Whenever the subject of Pagans and money comes up, there arises the vexed question of what spiritual services to charge for. The ethics of charging money for spirituality-related events is always tricky. On the one hand, there are those who argue that if they expend energy, they should be paid for it, and on the other hand, there are those who argue that money is the kiss of death to spirituality. [Read more...]

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Why Pagans don’t proselytise or evangelise

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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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Storytime: Wayland’s Tale

Once there was a god who wanted to try his luck as a man. It happens now and again, and there’s always a story to come of it. [Read more...]

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Pagan leadership

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The best Pagan leaders are those who listen – both to the promptings of spirit, and to their group members. A Pagan leader should not regard their community as serving them, but feel that they are serving the community (which includes other-than-human beings). In return, the community should value those who serve. [Read more...]

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