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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Paganism for Beginners: Festivals

Celtic Wheel of the Year by DragonOak on DeviantArt

Different Pagan traditions celebrate different festivals. Wiccans, Druids, and many eclectic Pagans celebrate the eightfold Wheel of the Year. Other traditions have their own cycle of festivals, often specific to the locality and ethnic tradition they work within. Pagan festivals have rich and complex symbolism rooted in folklore and Nature. [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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Paganism for Beginners: Wicca

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Wicca is both a religion and a magical practice. Wiccans interact with the world on many levels – physical, spiritual, magical and emotional. Witchcraft is the craft of magic.

Wicca and Witchcraft overlap – all Wiccans are also witches, but not all witches are Wiccans. But the practice of witchcraft (in the sense of doing spells and so on) is only part of the practice of Wicca. [Read more...]

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Tradition and change

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What is a tradition? What is the function of tradition? What are valid criteria for modifying or abolishing a traditional practice, and when should it be retained unchanged? Traditional practices help to reinforce group identity, which is why they are so powerful, and why so many people resist changing them. [Read more...]

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Gardnerians, Sacred Lands, Climate Marches, and Other News of Note

sacredlands

What’s on my mind and on my reading list this month? Sacred Lands; British-Wicca.com; Sex, Death, and Witchcraft; the People’s Climate March, and more. [Read more...]

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Pagan leadership

Anari

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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