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“Ostara” with the Pagans

by Teena L Myers

Every Easter Christians don their Sunday best and stream into churches to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. Pagans pack picnic baskets and head for open areas to celebrate resurrection, symbolized by spring’s arrival. This year, I left my Sunday best hanging in the closet and joined the Pagans . . . → Read More: “Ostara” with the Pagans

Blessings, cleansing rituals part of spring cleaning

by Sheba R. Wheeler

Spring cleaning rarely brings one to tears. But taking steps to remove bad mojo from her new home last week spurred an emotional reaction for Valarie Griebel. Thinking about more than mundane clutter and dust bunnies, this Colorado nonfiction writer and her new husband, Jeff, engaged in a metaphysical house cleansing . . . → Read More: Blessings, cleansing rituals part of spring cleaning

The Future of Neopaganism (Part II)

by Jeff Lilly

In the previous post, I outlined a model of prestige and stigma which predicts whether a language or religion will grow or wither in a society. Now let’s take the prestige/stigma model and look at Neopaganism today. By these measures, Neopaganism is in trouble.

Stigmatized Neopaganism Imagine trying to revive the Latin . . . → Read More: The Future of Neopaganism (Part II)

Spring Tonics

Perennial roots, tall leaves, O the winter shall not freeze you delicate leaves, Every year shall you bloom again, out from where you retired you shall emerge again; O I do not know whether many passing by will discover you or inhale your faint odor, but I believe a few will; O slender leaves! O . . . → Read More: Spring Tonics

Crystal Ball Gazing

by Sharon Jacobsen

Crystal ball gazing has been around for thousands of years, although nobody knows for sure when it was first used as a way of channelling the thoughts buried deep within the subconscious mind. Using a crystal ball in order to visualise events is a form of scrying. While crystal ball gazing is . . . → Read More: Crystal Ball Gazing

New Film Looks at Impact of Witch School

by Patti Wigington

I recently got an email from Ed Hubbard of Witch School to let me know that the school is the subject of a new independent film, entitled Hoopeston. The film, which is being premiered at the New York Underground Film Festival on April 3rd, looks at the small town of Hoopeston, Illinois, . . . → Read More: New Film Looks at Impact of Witch School

Unwicked Wicca

By MARVIN READ

Local witch not fearsome at all. Some people just don’t act according to stereotype. Take Lyn Brown, for example: She is, by her own careful and considered evaluation, a witch. But there’s no pointy hat, no skulking black cat, no bubbling cauldrons and, though she may own a vacuum cleaner, there are . . . → Read More: Unwicked Wicca

Set in Egyptian Theology

Set in Egyptian TheologyBy Oz TechSource

Set was one of the earliest Egyptian deities, a god of the night identified with the northern stars. In the earliest ages of Egypt this Prince of Darkness was well regarded. One persistant token of this regard is the Tcham scepter, having the stylized head and tail of Set. . . . → Read More: Set in Egyptian Theology

How the Sacred Whore Fell

by Levana Lindentree and Bestia Mortale

The sacred whore appears in the earliest records, integral to society when humans were first gathering in cities and learning to write. The major work of the oldest known author, the Sumerian priestess Enheduanna, is a paean to the hierodule (sacred whore) of heaven, the goddess Inanna, Wendy Mulford . . . → Read More: How the Sacred Whore Fell

New group aims to unite pagans

by Sarah Goldthorpe

A NEW group has been set up to unite pagans in Dorset. Ian Temple, owner of Sgt Bun Bakery in Weymouth, has launched The Dorset Grove to bring together anyone with alternative religious beliefs. Mr Temple said the group was intended to create a community of different Dorset pagans. And it is . . . → Read More: New group aims to unite pagans