New Documentary in the Works: WITH LOVE FROM SALEM

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A new documentary film chronicling the work of the Salem, MA coven the Temple of Nine Wells has a trailer on YouTube. The group was led by Gypsy Ravish and her late husband Richard, who also established the popular shop Nu Aeon and mail order business White Light Pentacles. In 2011 the Temple celebrated 20 years of Samhain rituals at Gallows Hill, a milestone that appears to be the subject of the film.I will update this space as I find out more about the documentary and any news of its … [Read more...]

Adventures of a Non-Deist, or, Why I Don’t “Believe” in the Gods

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I was raised Catholic. Not very strictly, but enough to carry away a profound sense of discomfort with anything remotely connected to religion. I did kind of enjoy the music and chanting and stories and pageantry of mass, but of course in later life I understood it was a love of ritual, not a love of Catholic liturgy. I was also raised in a a family fairly in touch with nature: we hunted and fished and grew and gathered much of our own food. So when I discovered neo-paganism in graduate school, … [Read more...]

BRAVE New World? Sigh. Nope, Same Old Sexist One.

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As some of you are already aware, I loved BRAVE. I thought it was artful, smart, funny, moving, and above all, a wonderful improvement in the representation of female characters in animated films. It was also unabashedly pagan in its imagery and worldview.But with every Disney movie eventually comes a line of toys, and there's already been some controversy with the planned release of a Princess Merida doll that is being referred to as a sexed-up version of the tomboyish character. I Googled … [Read more...]

Interview with Arana Fireheart, featured on WIFE SWAP

The Fireheart family, from Salem, Mass.

Tonight's episode of WIFE SWAP features a pagan family living in Salem, Massachusetts, and the Los Angeles-based parents of a tap dancing prodigy. I happen to be acquainted with Arana Fireheart, husband of tonight's pagan mom Karina Fireheart, and asked if he'd answer a few qustions via email about what it's like to "represent" the pagan community on one of TV's most popular reality TV shows. Of course WIFE SWAP Has featured pagans before (at least once paired with Evangelical Christians), and … [Read more...]


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