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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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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Patheos Pagan Update

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I'm Jason, I'm the editor here at Patheos Pagan. Some of you probably know me from Raise the Horns* which I've been writing since 2012. I took over as Managing Editor here back in March. I wanted to say "hello" back then but also wanted to make sure I wasn't going to be fired after a month or two after writing an introduction. For the most part it's been a pretty easy transition from horn-raising blogger to cat-herder channel manager, and most of that is due to the great staff at Patheos and … [Read more...]

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Christian Outrage Shuts Down Idolatry Art Exhibit

ART THREAT: "Cruz said his installation, named Poleteismo or Polytheism, was conceived as a commentary on how idolatry has evolved throughout history. The targeted work symbolized the worship of men in a patriarchal society." … [Read more...]

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Is Saudia Arabia Embracing Polytheistic Past?

THE GUARDIAN: "For years, the country has been erasing any evidence of its polytheistic, desert-dwelling past. But now, slowly, the tide may be starting to turn" … [Read more...]

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Anonymous Person Spreading New Forest Child Abuse Claims

CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN: "In a message which began appearing on July 25 on several internet forums and message boards, including shameonyou.org, “Alice” made serious allegations of ritual child abuse against a New Forest Coven." … [Read more...]

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Wiccan Leads Panel on Supernatural in Bengali Cinema

THE TIMES OF INDIA: "Chandreyee Ghosh had played a student of Wicca in " Parapaar", a show that used to be aired on a private Bengali channel, Anjan Dutt's telefilm "Mannequin", based on one of Ipsita's stories is almost ready to be aired while Rituparno Ghosh's involvement with the Wicca had started as early as when he was just 12 years old. The discussion was moderated by Ipsita and was directed towards how people have started opening up to the supernatural and the inexplicable." … [Read more...]

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