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Palin maybe NOT so popular in Alaska ! !

Now, you may have heard the national news coverage of the Republicans who came out to greet Palin when she got back to Anchorage, AK. Bet you didn’t see any coverage of this event which took place at the same time, also in Anchorage.

There is a youtube video, as well as DOZENS of photos . . . → Read More: Palin maybe NOT so popular in Alaska ! !

Cacao

The Maya believed that the kakaw (cacao) was discovered by the gods in a mountain that also contained other delectable foods to be used by the Maya. According to Maya mythology, the Plumed Serpent gave cacao to the Maya after humans were created from maize by divine grandmother goddess Xmucane. The Maya celebrated an . . . → Read More: Cacao

Patron Deities: Are They a Form of Objectionable Veneration?

A very common question made by those new to Hellenismos is, “Are patron deities acceptable, and do I have to honor the whole Greek pantheon?” Concerning honoring the whole pantheon, the simple answer is yes. Patron deities are not as easy, and depend on what we are actually discussing. Patron deities are Gods or Spirits . . . → Read More: Patron Deities: Are They a Form of Objectionable Veneration?

Afterlife? Pagans believe in the here and now

by Steven B. Todd

Christians focus on the afterlife, while Pagans have had their eyes set on the here and now. For a Christian, this life is only preparation for another. It is unsurprising, then, that they should focus on questions relating to the afterlife, but Christians often forget that this kind of discourse . . . → Read More: Afterlife? Pagans believe in the here and now

Revisioning: Shamanism and the quantum paradigm

I recently attended the 25th Conference on Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing which took place on Labor Day weekend. The conference was founded by the late Dr. Ruth-Inge Heinze, who died in 2007, at the age of 88. Heinze was a long-time faculty member at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, and was a . . . → Read More: Revisioning: Shamanism and the quantum paradigm

My very own Stonehenge

By Andy Walker

WORK on the region’s version of the Stonehenge stone circle has been completed. The creator of Sentry Circle insists that it will be a place of spiritual harmony, rather than a lucrative tourist attraction. Farmer Derek Plews has spent the past three years masterminding the installation, at Lenthor Farm, Brompton, near Northallerton, . . . → Read More: My very own Stonehenge

Native American Tribe Wins Injunction Protecting Medicine Bluffs

In Comanche Nation v. United States, (WD OK, Sept. 23, 2008), an Oklahoma federal district court granted a preliminary injunction against construction by the federal government of a Training Support Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The proposed construction was near Medicine Bluffs, a site of religious significance to members of the Comanche tribe. The court . . . → Read More: Native American Tribe Wins Injunction Protecting Medicine Bluffs

Harvest Projects

by Silver RavenWolf

From mid-August through October, seasonal energies naturally demand completion and closure. This tying up loose ends, finishing summer projects, and preparing for the cold weather can keep us busy; so busy that we may feel rushed, harried, and worst of all, unable to dedicate large blocks of time to magickally fun projects . . . → Read More: Harvest Projects

Of Faith and Family

Here’s a tolerance tester: can a pagan be a good parent? School teacher? Babysitter?

Wicca and other pagan faiths are something your kids are supposed to grow out of before they become parents themselves, yet the numbers suggest otherwise: The number of Canadian pagans jumped from 5,500 in 1991 to 21,085 in 2001. This month, . . . → Read More: Of Faith and Family

Starhawk: Abortion and the Goddess

There’s no more personal choice a woman can face than what to do about an unplanned pregnancy. Often this debate becomes simplified, a shouting match of sound bites and slogans, when real situations and feeling may be nuanced and complex.

In “The Pagan Book of Living and Dying,” I wrote:

“Abortion is, as we . . . → Read More: Starhawk: Abortion and the Goddess