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Pagan Rituals

by Selena Fox

Rituals are an important part of spiritual practice for Pagans of many paths and places. Through rituals, Pagans attune themselves to the rhythms of Nature, create community, celebrate life passages, and make magic. Through rituals, Pagans deepen their relationship with the Divine in one or more sacred forms. Through rituals, Pagan culture . . . → Read More: Pagan Rituals

End of the World?

By Ker Than

The recent spate of natural disasters affecting the globe “might be” signs that the Biblical apocalypse is near, says Christian televangelist Pat Robertson.

On an Oct. 9 episode of CNN’s “Late Edition,” the preacher noted that hurricanes such as Katrina and Rita and earthquakes like the ones that struck Pakistan this past . . . → Read More: End of the World?

Night for All Souls

By pieta woolley

At the end of this month, an uniquely Vancouver event is coming to a grave near you. A Night for All Souls, hosted by former Public Dreams Society artist Paula Jardine, will gather violinists, shrines, prayer flags, lanterns with images of ancestors on them, and likely thousands of postreligious Vancouverites to the . . . → Read More: Night for All Souls

Madonna Incurs the Wrath of the Rabbis

Madonna, the middle-aged queen of pop and Kabbalah enthusiast, has run into problems with rabbis in Israel over a song on her forthcoming album about the 16th-century scholar who founded the modern version of the Jewish cult.

The song in question is called ‘Isaac’ and is believed to be about Isaac or Yitzhak Luria, a . . . → Read More: Madonna Incurs the Wrath of the Rabbis

Covens and Solitary Witches

By Rae Schwarz

One of the biggest questions in pagan spiritual practice is whether to participate in a group or pursue such matters on one’s own. Whether you decide to be part of a coven (a group) or decide to be a lone practitioner (often called a ‘solitary witch’), either option has pros and cons.

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B.C. politician urges teachers to cross picket line

With 42,000 teachers in British Columbia in the third day of an illegal strike, the province’s education minister says her government will try to protect teachers who defy their union and return to the classroom. Shirley Bond made the statement while pointing out that only about half the teachers eligible to vote actually cast ballots . . . → Read More: B.C. politician urges teachers to cross picket line

Pagans celebrate 10 years at University

By Shanna Ward

At the age of 16, Christina Corcorran attended her first Pagan Student Association meeting at the University with her mother. “You get to see that other Pagans exist in the Bible Belt,”? she said. Corcorran, a senior from Athens, said she has been involved with the group regularly since she started college.

. . . → Read More: Pagans celebrate 10 years at University

Lucid Dreams In 30 Days

By Parthena Black

Most of the time, we don’t realize that we are dreaming until after we wake up. By then, the dream is over. Research has shown that many individuals have the ability to consciously realize that they are dreaming while dreaming is still in progress. This state of “lucidity” enables the dreamer to . . . → Read More: Lucid Dreams In 30 Days

Heartland Magic and East Coast Spiritualism

Two Authors Reveal America’s Passion for Subculture

Quietly, with a minimum of fuss, hundreds of thousands of people are re-enchanting the world. Author Christine Wicker calls them magical people, or people with “expanded kinds of awareness.” They are the witches, wizards, werewolves and “Otherkin” who have captured the human imagination for thousands of years, but . . . → Read More: Heartland Magic and East Coast Spiritualism

The unchurched Northwest

The Bush administration’s dance with religion doesn’t have much of a partner in the Pacific Northwest. This is the least-religious part of the country. Ask people here, “What’s your religion?” and 25 percent say, “I don’t have one.” Almost 63 percent don’t belong to a religious community. Nationally, only 14 percent claim no religion and . . . → Read More: The unchurched Northwest