In the end it is not the place of nature, of the gods, to save us…

HUMANISTIC PAGANISM: "Greek humanism was not about rejecting the gods and elevating humans to that place, but was rather about understanding the place of the human and the god, and giving to each the credit and honor that was due." … [Read more...]

Christian Day’s License Revoked For Threatening Other Store Owners

THE SALEM NEWS: "The city's Licensing Board has taken disciplinary action against a prominent Salem witch and psychic who allegedly made threats on Facebook and other places against several city fortunetellers and store owners." … [Read more...]

Slain Guard Had Religious Complaints Filed Against Her

SEATTLE PI: "After Snow's complaint about the cabinet marked "Wicca," the Corrections Department found that Biendl properly handled the situation. The agency crafted new procedures on dealing with religious symbols in the chapel." … [Read more...]

Rite to Roam by Julian Vayne

THE WANTON GREEN: "There, among the scraps of litter and cracked clay, I created a pyramid. This stepped ziggurat was the podium upon which my small God would sit. The Orb was installed and I began a daily ritual of worship. Picking my way through the low canopy of leaves, my nose close to the dusty earth, to the shrine I had made. Here I would make offerings of perfume (Swizzels Parma Violets), flowers and my own hair. Sometimes sorcery comes quite naturally to the young." … [Read more...]

An Indictment of my Pagan Elders

PETER DYBING: "Elders please understand that when you bring up these issues many of us tune out and begin to give less credence to your words. We do not want to believe that we will one day arrive at a place were we also are encumbered with grudges, petty complaints and the inability to move beyond the past conflicts in our community. Consider compassion for those who have wronged you, insight into these individuals more current achievements and the good of the entire community before … [Read more...]

Intimate Photographs of Vodou (NSFW)

LIFE (NSFW): Of Vodou's unique appeal and power Karen tells LIFE: "It's raw, and it's primitive. The harmonious singing and rhythmic beats of the drums can be hypnotic to an open mind. I'm not like a lot of photographers, who take pictures without so much as talking to the people they document. I've shared in plates of communal offerings, danced with the priests [Hougans] and the priestesses (Mambos), and I've downed my fair share of special religious elixirs with them. I won't even get … [Read more...]

Prayer Isn’t Enough, Action Is Sacred Too

BRAD HIRSCHFIELD: "The need to make a material difference, to clean up a mess when your whole world feels dirty – this too, is a holy need. Picking up dirty napkins, in this context at least, is a sacred act. Perhaps in its own way, it is also another form of prayer, one in which, as in the Kaddish (memorial prayer for the dead), we attempt to argue order and goodness back into the world." … [Read more...]

Austrian Atheist Wins Right To Wear Collander In License Photo

BBC: An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear". … [Read more...]

Prairie Home Companion Parodies a Pagan Ritual

GARRISON KEILLOR: "You rewrote the midsummer ritual? The most sacred ritual of the year? The ritual honoring the Sun God, the source of all life? You rewrote it?" … [Read more...]

Prairie Home Companion Features A Pagan Lake Wobegone Tale

NPR: Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion features a Pagan Lake Wobegone tale. … [Read more...]