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“Intolerant” villagers stop “tolerance” festival

By Stephen Adams

A village festival of tolerance has been scrapped because of opposition from “intolerant” locals. One villager explained his opposition to the festival. He said: “I felt there was a drift towards the darker side of things, such as people selling five-pointed stars and other symbols of witchcraft. It didn’t uphold the . . . → Read More: “Intolerant” villagers stop “tolerance” festival

The Changing Role of Men in Wicca

by Morgan Ravenwood

It is unfortunate but too often true that male Wiccans find themselves relegated to a passive, almost non-existent role in Wicca and many other Pagan traditions, thereby depriving their female counterparts of some potentially useful interaction, observations and teachings.

While many Wiccan women would defend this stance by pointing out . . . → Read More: The Changing Role of Men in Wicca

Moon Phases for Magic

by Trish Deneen The moon has long been associated with women, mystery, and magic. While timing your magic with the phases of the moon isn’t necessary for it to work, it definitely helps to give your spells that extra push in the right direction.

Magic of this type is generally performed to coincide with either . . . → Read More: Moon Phases for Magic

Celebrating Lammas

by Waverly Gerald

Now some people say that William the Red was a Lammas sacrifice, that having made a wasteland of his kingdom, he was killed by the people (or the Gods) as a sacrifice to bring new life to the land. And some people say his brother Henry had him assassinated. And some . . . → Read More: Celebrating Lammas

LAND HYPERBOREA

HYPERBOREA was a fabulous realm of eternal spring located in the far north beyond the land of winter. Its people were a blessed, long-lived race free of war, hard toil, and the ravages of old age and disease.

Hyperborea was usually described as a continent-bound land, bordered by the great earth-encircling river Okeanos to the . . . → Read More: LAND HYPERBOREA

“A Whole Lotta Ugly” Under God

by David Waters

The pastor of the now too-well-known Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church occasionally wrote columns for the local newspaper, the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Last March, he wrote one entitled “Tolerance,” in which he compared past intolerance of interracial couples to today’s intolerance of gay couples.

“In the movie ‘Hairspray,’” Rev. Chris Buice wrote, “the . . . → Read More: “A Whole Lotta Ugly” Under God

Paganism casts spell over followers

By Matthew DeBord

IF YOU think the meager little baton that Harry Potter has been waving around for going on six movies now is something special, you’ve never seen a real wand. The genuine article — adorned with feathers, stones and a message in the runic alphabet — was on display at a “Healing Faire” . . . → Read More: Paganism casts spell over followers

The Holy Wells of Ireland

All that rain makes Ireland one of the greenest places on the planet. The water seeps into the earth, through purifying strata of sand, shale and limestone, then percolates back up again in streams and rivers that crisscross the island. And in almost every county, natural underground cisterns feed thousands of crystal-clear pools that . . . → Read More: The Holy Wells of Ireland

Progress in Santeria-Police Relations

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

Considering recent troubles in Florida, relations between Florida police and practitioners of Santeria haven’t been the best. So it is encouraging to hear that Miami-Dade County police officials are taking a progressive step in bettering relations between law enforcement and this often-misunderstood faith. Lt. Sherry Schlueter of the Broward Sheriff’s Office special . . . → Read More: Progress in Santeria-Police Relations

Is Goddess Religion Pagan?

by GL

According to the Pagan Pride Internation Website a Pagan is defined as: A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:

Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, . . . → Read More: Is Goddess Religion Pagan?