Talking Tarot With Ann Moura

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Ann Moura is probably best known for her books on Green Witchcraft but she's also written about tarot and is an accomplished tarot reader. This summer she released her first deck, The Green Witch Tarot with artist Kiri Ostergaard Leonard.What is your background in reading cards?I have been reading cards for over 50 years. I started reading with ordinary playing cards as a child when my mother taught me how to play Solitaire. I would see things moving in the cards and receive … [Read more...]

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Pagan Interviews: Erynn Rowan Laurie

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Erynn Rowan Laurie is a pagan scholar, poet, author, and one of the guiding lights of the Celtic Reconstructionist movement. After many years spent living in America's Pacific Northwest she recently moved to Italy. She writes and teaches on many aspects of Celtic Paganism, Druidism and Filidecht. Visit her online at The Preserving Shrine.Sean Harbaugh: Hi Erynn, thanks for taking time to be interviewed. Let’s start out with talking about your new book The Well of Five Streams. This book a … [Read more...]

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Conversations: Personal Gnosis

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On Wednesday June 17 various writers from Patheos Pagan got together to discuss the roles deities play (or don’t play) in our lives. In the course of that conversation we touched on multiple topics. One of my favorite snippets of our chat was a discussion about personal gnosis."Unverifiable personal gnosis (UPG) is a neopagan concept. The general idea of UPG is that some insights into divinity and the universe come unbidden to a particular individual, and cannot be tested or verified by a … [Read more...]

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Conversations: Paganism, A Spiritual Identity or a Social Grouping?

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In the blogosphere we often talk at each other instead of talking to each other. In order to facilitate better communication (and possibly because it’s fun) I like to round up as many Patheos Pagan writers as possible and have an actual conversation, one where we shoot ideas back and forth at each other.A few weeks ago some of us in the Patheos Pagan channel got together to discuss the future of Paganism, but due to space considerations some of that conversation ended up on the cutting r … [Read more...]

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Pagan Voices: The Madness of Gun Violence

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In America, there is a new Killing Fields. These fields are increasingly soaked with the blood of innocents: women, children, soldiers. The soil that receives the blood is fertilized with hatred, mental illness and fanaticism. The bitter fruit that grows from this soil is division, prejudice, twisted lives and ruined possibilities. To grow such fruit, we must plow under our dreams, our freedoms... and our hopes for a better future.204. Ponder that number for a moment: this is the … [Read more...]

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Pagan Interviews: Drum, Vice Arch-Druid ADF

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Through the Grapevine exists to provide opportunities for Pagan dialogue. One of my goals for this little blog is to see it host interviews with various Pagan-folk, both known and unknown. I'm delighted to welcome Sean Harbaugh to Patheos Pagan as a contributor at Through the Grapevine, and even more excited to see an interview with Drum, one of my favorite ADF Druids. Have something to add to TtG? Email me at jason at patheos with the dot com and all that.My name is Sean Harbaugh, and … [Read more...]

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Conversations: The Decline of Wicca & The Rise of the Druid?

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In the blogosphere we often talk at each other instead of talking to each other. In order to facilitate better communication (and possibly because it’s fun) I like to round up as many Patheos Pagan writers as possible and have an actual conversation, one where we shoot ideas back and forth at each other.Last week some of us in the Patheos Pagan channel got together to discuss the future of Paganism, but due to space considerations some of that conversation ended up on the cutting room floor. … [Read more...]

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Scholastic Paganism

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If I were to ask you what Paganism involved, I’d wager you’d tell me something about the sacrality of Nature, a multiplicity of Gods, or a non-mainstream spirituality. But, what if I asked you about Scholasticism? Now that’s a different story.Unfortunately, descriptions of Scholasticism have been retired to the history of philosophy, in the more polite cases at least. I say this is unfortunate because the Scholastics haven’t gone anywhere: their work as architects of thought was never decommi … [Read more...]

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Conversations: The Future of Modern Paganism

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In the blogosphere we often talk at each other instead of talking to each other. In order to facilitate better communication (and possibly because it's fun) I like to round up as many Patheos Pagan writers as possible and have an actual conversation, one where we shoot ideas back and forth at each other. In June we talked about Atheism, Polytheism, and Pagans, this time around it's the Future of Paganism.With a Patheos Public Square about the Future of Paganism in the wings at the end of … [Read more...]

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Shadow Work and Social Change

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On the day of the recent Charleston shootings, I participated in a discussion group on “Spirituality and Social Justice”, which 8 people attended, including the organizers. It was powerful and an important first step, but one of the things we asked is- why were there so few of us there? Historical social movements have often had a spiritual community at their core, so why haven’t Pagan groups become driving forces for activism? What holds us back and how do we change this? The following are some … [Read more...]

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