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Eric Scott
Columnist

Eric Scott was raised in St. Louis by Coven Pleiades, a Wiccan group based in the Alexandrian tradition. His fiction and memoir explore the joys and doubts of being a second-generation Pagan in the modern world. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Ashe! Journal, Kerouac's Dog Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, and Witches & Pagans. He is also a Contributing Editor at Killing the Buddha.

Works by Eric Scott
Picking Lots
Eric Scott | December 19, 2012
I happened to draw the lot of being born to Pagans. I honestly did not realize how......
Best Man
Eric Scott | August 30, 2012
As an American, I know what a wedding looks like, and a handfasting ain't it....
Looking for the Elders
Eric Scott | July 23, 2012
Tracing your spiritual lineage in Paganism is very difficult, but we need to know where......
Belief in Doubt
Eric Scott | July 02, 2012
I'm not sure any religion -- even my own -- is the way up the mountain. I'm not sure the......
Ways of Looking at a Cross
Eric Scott | June 24, 2012
The unlikely appearance of a cross-bearing evangelist at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic....
The "Right" to Worship Almighty God
Eric Scott | June 03, 2012
Missouri's Prayer Amendment would make it possible for students to simply opt-out of......
Ancient Lands: Paganism Via Internet
Eric Scott | May 14, 2012
How a Microsoft CD-ROM helped introduce me to Paganism....
Family Traditions: Present, Past, Future
Eric Scott | April 23, 2012
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Family Traditions: Ascent of the Goddess
Eric Scott | April 11, 2012
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The Lenten Season in St. Louis
Eric Scott | March 04, 2012
When it comes to the Christian afterlife, I doubt I would even qualify for the Virtuous......
You Can Go Home Again
Eric Scott | January 31, 2012
While I have been writing about being a second-generation pagan, I have been separated......
Public School Pagan
Eric Scott | January 09, 2012
The real power of the majority is for their views to be so pervasive as to become......
Any understanding of Heathenry had to pass through not just the mist of centuries, but......
Seidhr, or, How I Became Half a Heathen
Eric Scott | November 14, 2011
I was a Wiccan; I had just begun to discover just how important to my identity Wicca......
The Living and the Dead
Eric Scott | October 30, 2011
I'm not comfortable with death. And neither are you....
Am I a Giant Panda?
Eric Scott | October 16, 2011
When the whole world says there's something pandaish about you, and the panda connection......
Ready to Ragnarok
Eric Scott | October 02, 2011
Between "the scream" and religious anger, Pagan metal takes some getting used to....
Dear Ellie, You're a Pagan!
Eric Scott | September 19, 2011
You'll grow up knowing that you are a sacred being and that there's nothing wrong -- and......
Turning the Wheel
Eric Scott | September 04, 2011
If you're going to put energy out into the universe, you should probably do your best to......
Trappings of the Occult
Eric Scott | August 21, 2011
The story of the West Memphis Three could be about my family. Suddenly a lot of things......
Believe Everything
Eric Scott | August 09, 2011
Neil Gaiman gave me a universe where the gods were real, and where I could believe......
Me and My Dad and the Tree of Life
Eric Scott | July 27, 2011
"You're talking about Tarot symbolism and Freemasonry at the lunchmeat counter?" are the......
Hand-Me-Down Paganism
Eric Scott | July 10, 2011
Pagan parents who don't want to force paganism on their kids are confusing religious......
"And You, Who Would Deny My Name"
Eric Scott | June 29, 2011
Maybe it would be better for the community if we all spoke up, but we can't live as......
Summer in the Jar
Eric Scott | June 12, 2011
I knew Tom from the time I was born, and I never once saw him without a musical......
Free and Easy Wandering
Eric Scott | May 29, 2011
Even if we consider the practical differences between our paths to be irreconcilable,......
The Devils You Know
Eric Scott | May 15, 2011
I was a Pagan teenager at a time when the world seemed to say we needed to pick a side......
After Ice Cream
Eric Scott | May 02, 2011
I always think of this story when someone asks me what it was like to grow up as a......
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